There was confirmation yesterday that the creative partnership behind the
Queens Of The Stone Age is no more. The band’s management confirmed that
bassist Nick Oliveri had left the band saying, simply, “A number of incidents occurring over the last 18 months have led to the decision that the two can no longer maintain a working partnership in the band.”
It seems frontman Josh Homme plans to continue under the QOTSA banner, with Van Conner of rock band the Screaming Trees now listed as the group’s
bassist on the QOTSA website. Also absent from the band members list on that
website is Joey Castillo, who joined QOTSA as drummer last summer – the band’s drummer is now listed as Barrett Martin, also from Screaming Trees.
All that Screaming Trees stuff seems to contradict the other rumours yesterday that Homme had also fallen out with another of his occasional collaborators Mark Lanegan, who is the Trees’ frontman. Unless, of course, they’ve fallen out because Homme has poached half of Lanegan’s band!
As for Homme and Oliveri, there is much speculation as to what led to the split – with rumours of something big having occurred while the band performed at the various Big Day Out festivals in Australia last month.