His return won’t last longer than six songs, but ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri — who is soon releasing a solo album I’ve yet to listen to — will rejoin his former band for a six-song encore set during their Halloween show at The Forum in Los Angeles, Calfornia.
Nick tells NME.com:
“Josh [Homme, leader of Queens of the Stone Age] asked me to come up and do six songs with Queens, like an encore set. A reunion, but not a reunion. I’m going to get up and play some bass and sing some songs at the end of the show. It should be an interesting night.”
Could this revival of a relationship between Homme and Nick lead to his eventual return to the fold?
“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.”
“I always put myself out there, and so finally he came up with this Halloween date. First he asked for my band to open up, and I said yeah. Then he got back to me and said: ‘At the end, do you want to do some of the old songs?’ I was like, ‘Sure, man! Let’s do it!’ It should be a very fun and interesting night.”
Oliveri was fired from Queens of the Stone Age in 2004 for reasons still not entirely clear, beyond the usual tension band members sometimes face.
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