Ex-QOTSA Bassist Reveals How He Felt After Firing, Explains How Josh Homme Treated Him When They Met Recently

During the 1990s and the 2000s, Josh Homme made a huge impact on modern rock music with his band Queens of the Stone Age. However, many fans still miss the good old period between 1998 and 2004 when bassist Nick Oliveri was still a crucial member of the band. The musician was eventually let go, although the reasons behind this firing vary depending on the source. Homme accused Oliveri of disrespecting fans and over general problems with substance abuse. However, some also cite alleged domestic abuse, although there seems to be no official consensus on the matter.

The two weren’t exactly on the best terms. However, in 2013, it was revealed that Oliveri is guesting on QOTSA’s then-new album “…Like Clockwork” as a backing vocalist. The song in question was “If I Had a Tail.”          

Queens of the Stone Age - If I Had A Tail

Recently, Nick Oliveri got the chance to speak with Eon Music, revealing a few details of his guest appearance on the album and more. Asked about his contribution to the “…Like Clockwork” album, he said:

“You know, we’ve known each other for so long it’s just weird to be at each others’ throats. You can’t force somebody to play music with you. It ran its course just playing music together. We’re still friends, it’s just that we don’t make music together right now.”

“We did so much in a five-year period, in a concentrated period, so much work, that we kind of burned out on each other. So, it is what it is, and he kind of wanted the band to go in a different direction anyway, so he’s taken it there, and that’s where he wants it to go, and it’s great for him.”

“Unfortunately, it’s one of those things where it used to bother me a lot, but it doesn’t anymore. It took some time to heal over some things, and for him too.

When asked “When did you last see each other in person,” Oliveri responded:

“I just saw him at Mark Lanegan’s funeral, and we were in good spirits remembering Mark. It was a good memorial for him. We had all the crew there, the whole band was there that was from that era, at that funeral, except him [Mark Lanegan]; he was the only one not there.

Photo: Rama (Nick Oliveri-Kyuss-IMG 5770), Rama (Josh Homme mg 5686)

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