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.

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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.