In an interview with online magazine Antiquiet, former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has spoken out about his departure from the band and says that he can understand why he was asked to leave by Josh Homme.
Oliveri was sacked from the band in 2004, with Homme accusing the bassist of disrespecting the group’s fans with his drunken on tour antics and because of his domestic violence issues with his then girlfriend.
Speaking about a gig in Spain which he believed led Homme to sack him from the band, Oliveri admitted that he had gone mad when Homme didn’t show up for soundcheck and he drank a bottle of vodka in frustration.
Oliveri said: “It took me six years to figure it out, but you know what, I would have axed me too. We did this show in Spain and I was freaking out when he didn’t show up for soundcheck. When he didn’t turn up, I drank a bottle of vodka and then the show wasn’t good. Then when we supposed to go back out after the set and Josh was like ‘I’m not going out there with you’ and I freaked out. I wished now he had just knocked me out, I’d have been sorry when I woke up then.”
Oliveri also spoke about his departure from Kyuss Lives! and revealed that he would not be touring with the band anymore as he wanted to focus on his solo project Mondo Generator.
He said: “I’m digging on my own stuff right now and playing my own tunes. The tour was originally designed to promote our solo stuff, when we knew we could reach a lot of people. That’s what I’m doing now, I’m going to bow out and do Mondo Generator.”
Oliveri also spoke about the lawsuit Josh Homme and another former Kyuss member, Scott Reeder, had filed a lawsuit against singer John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork which has accused them of “trademark infringement, misrepresentation [and] false designation”.
Asked about this, Oliveri said: “Josh told me what he was going to do and I told him ‘That’s pretty heavy man’. I’m sort of in the middle of it, I’m friends with both sides and yet I don’t agree with what either side is doing.”
The bassist added that he thought that Kyuss Lives would never play together as the original lineup saying: “Unfortunately, when people sue each other, it guarantees that there will never be a reunion. Those people will never play in the same room together.”
Oliveri was recently charged and pleaded not guilty to 5 criminal charges in relation to domestic violence issues instigated by his ex girlfriend.
The bassist is charged with two counts of possession of an unlicenced firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a police officer.
A pre-trial will take place on April 13 and, if convicted, Oliveri could face up to 15 years in prison.
Meanwhile ‘a version’ of Kyuss Lives! will play the UK Download Festival this summer.