Feld Entertainment, the owner of circus company, Ringling Bros, has sued Kid Rock and promoter Live Nation in the U.S. District court for middle Florida for trademark infringement over the name of the upcoming Greatest Show on Earth tour.
According to the complaint, Feld claims that the tour as announced in October to kick off at Bridgestone Arena (20,000-cap.) in Nashville on January 19, infringes on its famous ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ trademark.
Feld Entertainment Inc. seeks to force Kid Rock – real name Robert James Richie – and Live Nation to change the name of the tour and turn over any revenue from merchandise featuring the disputed slogan, as well as additional unspecified damages.
The defendant has been contacted severally to stop infringing on their trademark but they ignored which has led to Feld Entertainment taking the case to the court.
An initial hearing is set for 9.30am on January 16 – three days before the start of the tour – with Judge Mary S. Scriven presiding.