Kid Rock has decided to change the name of his upcoming tour from "The Greatest Show On Earth" to the "American Rock 'N' Roll Tour" after being sued by the owners of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, who own the trademarked slogan. In a statement submitted to the court after Feld Entertainment filed its lawsuit, Rock said, "While I firmly believe that I am entitled under the First Amendment to name my tour after my song, I have changed the tour name because I do not want this lawsuit to distract me or my fans from focusing on what is important in my upcoming tour — my music.”
Feld Entertainment filed their lawsuit against Rock in Florida last month, claiming that while they had licensed public usage of trademarks in the past, no one from Rock's camp had reached out about using the name.
Rock's attorney, Kenneth G. Turkel, stated that while Rock has already changed the name and began removing all marketing material using the moniker, he was still within his rights to use the title based on fair use grounds.
Turkel also stated that Rock was free to name his song "Greatest Show On Earth" as it made no reference to the circus or its brand.
A Feld Entertainment spokesperson said that the company still intends to pursue legal action against the singer.