As Nick Oliveri gets set to release his first proper solo LP (Leave Me Alone, featuring members of Motörhead, The Dwarves, Ween and more) on Schnitzel Records next month, the mercurial musician has revealed his reunion plans with Queens of the Stone Age. According to a NME interview, Oliveri will play an encore set with the band at their LA show this Halloween.
“I’m going to get up and play some bass and sing some songs at the end of the show,” he said. “It should be an interesting night.”
QOTSA frontman Josh Homme fired Oliveri in 2004 due to his increasingly erratic behavior and the alleged abuse of his girlfriend. The longtime friends got back together on last year’s …Like Clockwork LP, however, fueling speculation that a full-on reunion may be only a matter of time.
“Nick and I have been friends since a couple weeks after everything went down in 2004,” Homme told Rolling Stone around the record’s release. “People don’t know that, and it would be awkward for me to run around making sure everyone knew it. Nick recorded his new record at my studio, and then he was going to drop off some records and he said, ‘Hey, need anyone to sing backup?’ And I was like, ‘Actually, yeah, come on in.’ That’s a nice thing. It was easy. It’s nice to know someone since you were a little kid, and still know them.”
As for Oliveri’s thoughts on his future with the band, he said, “That’s pretty much up to Josh. It’s his band, and when he pulls the trigger on something, it’s up to him. I put myself out there a few different times in the past 10 years at Queens shows. I’d go and see them play and say, ‘Hey man, I’m here! Do you want me to sing a song?’ I stopped asking him after a while, and then he asked me! It’s pretty much just when he wants to do something, these days. It’s not up to me, is what I’m saying.”
Check out an acoustic clip of Oliveri covering his other old band Kyuss below.