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Ex-Queens Of The Stone Age Bassist Nick Oliveri Involved In Standoff With L.A. Police

Former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri (also of Kyuss/Kyuss Lives!, etc.) was involved in a standoff with police at his L.A. home last night (July 12th) according to Apparently the incident started as a domestic dispute between Oliveri and his girlfriend which allegedly turned violent a few days prior.

When she returned to collect her things to move out last night, Oliveri forcibly locked both himself and the unnamed woman in his residence. An apparent standoff then ensued with a S.W.A.T. team being called before Oliveri eventually released both his girlfriend and later gave himself up. He has since been booked on a charge of felony domestic violence and was released after posting $100,000 bail.


  • RhiNo

    He was kicked out of QOTSA for this. He stated he planned to correct this problem many times. Glad to see he’s learned nothing. What an idiot.

  • Geor!

    Ole crazy Nick!

  • the hidden agenda

    It’s about time they start a support group for bassists doing hard time.

  • Bitter Old Man

    Wow…I think they can stop referring to her as his girlfriend. And he must’ve made a shit ton in the couple years he was with Queens to be able to post 100 grand right away like that!

  • Obi-Juan Valdez

    This guy was the balls of QOTSA. I miss him.

  • Geor!

    @Bitter Old Man. His bail was $100k, but he probably bonded out instead, which would be a more reasonable, yet still more than I have liquid, $10k.

  • scorpions

    Wtf is this… Bass players gone mad week???


    what a girl. where was his AK? he should have made some better choices and blasted his way outta there.

  • robichaud1

    Hey, I like Stabbing Westward! Dooooyyyyyyyyy!!!

  • jayofdajungle

    I think the albums without Nick Oliveri are just as good as the ones with him. That said, Josh Homme is QOTSA just like Trent Reznor is NIN. So even if you like the older albums better your beef is with Josh, Nick is a fucking bass player. Even if Nick was in the band Lullabies To Paralyze, and Era Vulgaris would have sounded exactly the same. The only difference is you have a coked-up, walking felony waiting to derail a tour at any moment. Josh did the right thing replacing him with a MUSICIAN. Nick is a fucking sideshow, a bassist who wants to be a frontman, not to mention HE BEATS WOMEN. QOTSA can do without those kind of balls.

  • mjclementz

    When Josh Homme kicked this clown out of QOTSA a few years back for “allegedly” roughing up his girlfriend (which Olivieri vehemently denied) I was pretty bummed because I always dug this guy’s overall look and playing style. However, this incident just solidifies his status as a woman-harming little cunt. Have fun being passed around in the pen, asshole.

  • robichaud1

    Again, everybody – allegedly. All incidents.
    “So High, So Low” by Mondo Generator’s in my top 100 of all time. Grrrreat tune.

  • robichaud1

    If this fucks with the Kyuss Lives! tour, I’m gonna be pissed…

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