Rock Bands Sue Chicago Pizzeria Over Music Licensing Fees

February 19, 2016

It’s rock star vs. rock star in a lawsuit filed against Piece Brewery & Pizzeria, a New Haven-style pizza shop in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. So will Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen be the first to (ahem) surrender?

According to media reports, BMI, one of the country’s largest music licensing organizations, has sued Piece for allowing the performance of songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) and Weezer without paying required licensing fees. The suit refers specifically to a live karaoke event on August 23, 2015, that featured customers singing their favorite songs while accompanied by the house band. Plaintiffs…