Nick Oliveri Returning to Queens of the Stone Age for New Album
With a debut album, some bands enter with a bang, but because of fractures within the group, lineup changes, and a new vision, weakly follow up with a sophomore effort. Queens of the Stone Age, essentially a 1990s supergroup, were one such act. They made a strong impression with debut Songs for the Deaf, in 2002, but two years later, bassist Nick Oliveri left the group. Now, according to reports from Stereogum, Oliveri is back for the band’s sixth album.
Apparently, the Facebook page for Oliveri’s current project, Mondo Generator, stated: “NEWS: Nick has re-joined Kyuss, and has recently recorded his vocals on a new Queens of the Stone Age song! Stay tuned.”
With Oliveri and David Grohl back in the band, this recent news hints at a possible reunion of the band’s original lineup. Along with the return of these two members, Trent Reznor is expected to appear on the upcoming release.
Starting with his firing from the group, Oliveri has gone through a series of issues. Rumors he physically abused his girlfriend caused him to be ejected from Queens of the Stone Age eight years ago. Added to that, just a year ago, the bassist was involved in a five-hour standoff with the Los Angeles S.W.A.T. team, also regarding a domestic issue.
Although Oliveri appears to be back with the ensemble, Grohl spoke about the album this past month. While their debut was a concept album, this upcoming release is not expected to be. He explained: “And honestly, the new Queens of the Stone Age record, I'm playing drums on that, and I'll do something so completely ridiculous, I'll just, like, 'There's no way that Josh [Homme, QOTSA frontman] is going to let me do that,' and he'll say, 'Do that for 45 seconds, over and over again, that's become, like, the part of the song, now that is a big part of the song,' and that's the way they work."