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John Elway the man doesn't want Elway the punk-rock band to use his name

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John Elway.
John Elway's got a lot on his plate right now, what with the Denver Broncos coming off their worst season in ages and an NFL lockout preventing his new coach, John Fox, from being able to work with players new and old. But somehow, he's found time to inform members of a punk-rock band named Elway that he'd like them to change their name. Could Westword be partly responsible?

Andy Thomas profiled Elway the band in our May 11 issue, noting that the musicians picked the moniker after deciding that their previous handle, 10-4 Eleanor, was "terrible." The Elway name has "tongue-in-cheek connotations," Thomas writes, but suggests that it gives the group "a little head start."

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Elway the band.
True enough -- but maybe not in the way the guys imagined. As originally reported in PunkNews.org, the band received a letter from Elway's lawyer requesting a name change. Vocalist/guitarist Tim Browne's response? "Of course, any Coloradoan worth their salt might point out the absurdity of Mr. Elway's insistence on legally strongarming a virtually unknown punk band rather than focusing his attention on mending the badly broken Denver Broncos," he writes in a statement to PunkNews.org, "but that's a whole different issue."

Whatever the case, the story's already worked its way into the national sports press, with NBC Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio opining that "the name really isn't all that compelling or creative, especially since one of their songs is called 'Patrick's Scarf is So Douche.'" Still, Florio acknowledges that "they're getting some decent exposure because of the emerging flap, due in part to the fact that not much else is going on."

Indeed, football news is so slow that Florio and his colleagues may "start an acapella rap group. Maybe we'll call it Favray's Junk."

For more details, check out Dave Herrera's post on our Backbeat blog. In the meantime, rock on.

More from our Sports archive: "John Elway, Twitter all-pro -- and star of a new Denver Broncos reality show?"


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Tommy Win
Tommy Win

I played a show with Elway about a week ago. They're fine young fellas; very respectful. I jokingly said, as I bought one of their shirts, that  I would also destroy an equal amount of John Elway merch. I was joking, but the truth is that John is...pretty much making himself look like a perfect ass. They don't defame him at all. They're giving people who don't like football a reason to think more of the name Elway. 

They shouldn't have to change it. Period.

Kuei
Kuei

I just lost all respect for John Elway. 

Gkcreamcheese
Gkcreamcheese

I wish Jack Lambert would have hit him a little harder to knock some sense into him.

LoneRanger60
LoneRanger60

John Elway should focus on his role in the OJ Simpson movie to be released this fall.  He has the part of the slow white bronco.  Come on John, get with the times...

No
No

I didn't realize that John was the only person on earth with the name Elway. But nonetheless, they must've been referring to him. Maybe I should reconsider using the name Jones for my GLBT rap-metal band.

Vicki Schroader
Vicki Schroader

Hey John, Met you at the BMW classic a few years back....leave it alone, they will go away...just helping at this point.  on your side

El Jefe
El Jefe

Just more racist talk from a former pro football player.  Everyone knows that Elway means "the way" in Spanish.  Is the band a bunch of Jesus rockers?

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

The band must have a low self-esteem to consider the name in the first place, or they felt sorry for Mr. Ed and wanted to get him some press before all his shortcommings begin to show....

Jenni
Jenni

Quit being a lame-o John! Let them keep their name you old crank.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Welcome aboard...I lost all respect for Mr. Ed when he refused to be drafted by Baltimore. Once a jackass, always a jackass, Elway's a jackass...to be put politely.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

It's a band of Jesus Rockers praying for the comming of Mr. Ed's replacement...

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Funny, LarryQ5. We're going to make your take an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Tommy Win
Tommy Win

That reminds me of a band Green Jell-o who got sued and had to change their name to Green Jellÿ (pronounced "Green Jello")

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

That's going back a ways, Larry. Thanks for the post.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

I'd forgotten about that. Thanks for the post, Tommy.

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