Queens Of The Stone Age & Nick Oliveri Reunite Onstage
Written by Nastassia Baroni on 17th April, 2014
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For the first time in over a decade, former Queens of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has joined Josh Homme and the rest of the band onstage during a gig in Portland, when he was invited onstage to sing You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar But I Fell Like a Millionaire, a full ten years after leaving the band.
The band Moistboyz, for which Oliveri acts as the touring bassist, had played the support slot for the QOTSA show and according to Antiquiet, Homme had also dedicated 2002’s Better Living Through Chemistry to Oliveri earlier in the set. Watch fan-shot footage of the reunion below.
Nick Oliveri was fired from Queens Of The Stone Age by Homme in 2004 spurred by growing personal tensions between them. In 2005 Homme claimed in a BBC Radio 1 interview that Oliveri was fired when Homme had become convinced that he had been physically abusive to his (Oliveri’s) girlfriend of the time.
In 2011 the embattled musician was sentenced to a 3-year felony probation period with 200 hours of community service and one year of anger management after an altercation with his girlfriend led to a tense stand off with police.
The following year, a reunion looked more promising when in 2012 Oliveri was invited contributed some vocals to QOTSA’s latest album …Like Clockwork. The two seem to have mended even more wounds recently, as Oliveri concluded his QOTSA onstage reunion with a spirited round of hugs.
Watch: Nick Oliveri and Queens of the Stone Age onstage reunion