Remember Nick Oliveri, the really intense-looking founding bassist of Queens of the Stone Age? How couldn't you! He was axed in 2004 for allegedly beating his girlfriend, then last year he was arrested for guns, cocaine and meth after locking his GF in an apartment and having a five-hour stand off with the Los Angeles S.W.A.T. Team. He also reformed his pre-QOTSA band Kyuss!, calling it Kyuss Lives!, without his bandmate Josh Homme, then quit when Homme sued for copyright infringement.
You'd think Oliveri would be at the top of Homme's sh-t list. But now the seemingly impossible has happened: Oliveri is working with QOTSA on their next album. Whhhhaaaaaaa?
A Facebook post from Oliveri's side project Mondo Generator says that he recently contributed vocals to the upcoming LP. "NEWS: Nick has re-joined Kyuss, and has recently recorded his vocals on a new Queens of the Stone Age song! Stay tuned," the post reads.
Wow. That Homme is one forgiving friend.
Oliveri, who escaped a max 15-year prison sentence for his SWAT standoff with 52 weeks of anger management and 200 hours of community service, isn't the only shift in QOTSA's lineup. Drummer Joey Castillo left and Dave Grohl, whose band Foo Fighters is on hiatus, is rejoining on drums, following his turn on their 2002 classic Songs for the Deaf. And Dave's stoked: "Queens of the Stone Age are, without question, the baddest rock n' roll band in the world," he said. True that, Dave.
Now the lineup from that classic album is almost complete, but one important rocker is missing: Mark Lanegan. Can we expect a cameo from the former Screaming Trees growler? We'll check in and let you know.