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Nick Oliveri Walks Away From Kyuss Lives!, Speaks On Police Standoff

Legally embattled musician Nick Oliveri has announced that he has walked away from the also legally-beleaguered Kyuss Lives! reunion. The news via a very candid interview over at

During the interview Oliveri also discussed his aforementioned legal troubles stemming from a July standoff with the Los Angeles police.

Replying to the possibility of facing jail time, he stated:

“Umm, yes… and no. Hopefully no. But yeah, you know there’s some… the thing with that is… It’s a really bad scene, because I uh… Basically it comes down to, I can’t talk too much about it because I have a court date coming up next month.

You can ask my lawyer…. He’ll tell ya. I have a really good lawyer and he’s taking great care of me. The thing is that I screwed up because I didn’t… When the police came to my house, which nobody in my house called, a friend of ours came over and we didn’t open the door for her. And she called the police — which is absurd.

So it’s a bad scene right now, it’s a bad scene, and I don’t even know how I’m supposed to say that… But basically at the end of the day I screwed up cause I didn’t open the door. I was like ‘I’m not going to open, I don’t have to open the door.’ I didn’t think you have to open the door… (laughs) You have to open the door. A robot came and knocked down my door. (laughs)

And I don’t mean to laugh because it was a bad scene but uhh, I just look at it like I pay a lot of rent. I want to be the king of my castle man, I want to be the king of my castle. I want to have the final say like when I come in and when I can go and who comes in and who doesn’t.”

When asked if drugs were involved, he stated:

“No, but there was uh, unfortunately they… I was in there for three and a half hours, you know, like not coming out.

You don’t think I wouldn’t have gotten rid of, flushed, anything I had, if I had something, you know? Like “I know they’re outside, I’m gonna save this!” You know like. (laughs)

I had just moved into this house and went on tour. Everything was in boxes and somehow, there was a little, little tiny, the smallest little amount of something.”

When quizzed if there was violence, he said:

“No, no. The whole thing about it was that we didn’t open the door. They wanted… she (their friend) was saying that there was some trouble inside you know…”

Speaking on the loaded gun found at his residence by the police, he mentioned that it was a gift from his deceased father and that he had kept it underneath his bed in case someone ever broke in his house. The full interview also touches on his firing from Queens Of The Stone Age and more and can be found here.


  • Tom

    hah, im sure walking away from kyuss lives had absolutely NOTHING to do with josh drawing a line in the sand with the lawsuit. dude wants back in QOTSA so bad.

  • goop

    Was he operating some machinery during the interview or is it just difficult to get a straight answer from this guy?

  • whatisyourforte

    just reading this made me feel coked out of my fucking head.

  • J3553

    that was uh… you know… it was… like kind of… i mean really… you know… hard to read.

    • wookubus

      Just be glad you didn’t have to transcribe it.

      • My Farts Linger

        Wook, I’ve been coming to theprp for probably eight years or so( just in case you cared), and I have only just recently signed up and actually started contributing to the comment sections of your posts(I used to just come for reviews and release dates). I have always wondered, and have to ask: Does the PRP in theprp stand for platelet-rich plasma?

      • drk319


      • My Farts Linger


      • wookubus

        Lets just put it out there. Of my many nu-metal sins, the original name of this site was not chosen by me.

        I was brought onboard a few years after and by that time the name had already stuck.

      • Surly

        The name rules like some awesome hot sauce. Let it go already….

      • J3553

        i always thought it was Progressive Rock Place. who knew?

      • adamonfire

        Your Rush and Dream Theater HQ

  • Abe

    It’s not hard to figure out what the guy is/was on, what the problems are. He had an album called “A Drug Problem That Never Existed” and the first song was called “”Meth, I Hear You Callin’”

    • robishow

      “Cocaine Rodeo”…

  • southpawchew

    knock knock police can we come in? no i have a heap of meth to smoke in my castle be out when i am done….3 1/2 hours later….

  • philippeletigre

    “Wine”! Yeah, you had a big problem with “wine”….. This guy sounds like a complete skeezer, but all in all Mondo Generator is awesome and so was all the stuff he did with Queens. I didn’t know he released new shit either. I need to look into that.

  • robishow

    Wow. I’ve always loved this tune, but I’m just realizing now how uncannily this sums up Nick Oliveri. Have a listen, it’s a short one. This version’s off Dead Planet, but the one on A Drug Problem is better (less polished, dirtier) if you can find it.

  • coolguy2424

    Tension Head is about scoring drugs. It is also one of my favorite QOTSA songs. Good luck in court boss.


    perhaps he can put the smallest amout of … up his ass so he can “castle” himself well in jail.