Yesterday (January 17), Ill Niño announced that they were planning on moving forward with a new lineup consisting of Dave Chavarri, Laz Pina, Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). However, Cristian Machado has now issued a statement saying him, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco never left the band and that they are planning to continue with their own version.
Machado told Blabbermouth the following:
“To all our family, friends, and fans, contrary to what you may have heard, Ahrue, Diego and I have NOT left Ill Niño and remain very dedicated to the band and all our fans.
We’re excited to be working on new music, partnerships, and opportunities. We will have more info for you all soon.”
Machado, Luster, and Verduzco filed a trademark application for the Ill Niño name on November 6, 2018. Pina then filed a request for express abandonment “without the authorization, knowledge and consent of the LLC” one week later. Machado, Luster and Verduzco claim this move was made in an effort to give Chavarri sole control of Ill Niño from the LLC. Shortly after, Chavarri filed a separate application alleging that he is the owner of Ill Niño. Machado, Luster and Verduzco have since petitioned the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to get Pina’s express abandonment request dropped. They are also seeking to have the LLC’s original application reinstated.