Amid growing tensions between Josh Homme and the remaining members of his old band Kyuss, Nick Oliveri has decided to quit Kyuss Lives. While the news may sadden fans of the stoner-rock troubadours, given that the group are well on their way to being sued out of existence, the move was somewhat expected.
“Josh is a key player and songwriter in what Kyuss was and is. I don’t know that without Josh there it will be what it should be,” said Oliveri. “I don’t want to let anyone down. I don’t want to let myself down. I figure walk away with my head up high and do my own thing is the respectable thing and I think I need to do that.”
Despite the amicable departure, Oliveri's troubles aren't quite at an end. The bassist recently opened up about the court case that could send him to prison for 15 years.
“Basically at the end of the day I screwed up cause I didn’t open the door,” Oliveri said.
The "door" he's referring to is, according to press accounts, the door to his Los Angeles apartment. His reticence to let police in last July resulted in a high-profile arrest on multiple drugs and weapons charges. He's also accused of forcibly restraining his then-girlfriend.
“I was like ‘I’m not going to open, I don’t have to open the door," he continued. "I didn’t think you have to open the door. You have to open the door. A robot came and knocked down my door."
Oliveri was an original member of Josh Homme's wildly successful band Queens of the Stone Age. He was kicked out of that group in 2004, reportedly due to drug and alcohol abuse.
His contributions to the band's breakthrough album "Songs For The Deaf" are heralded by fans as among the finest work the band has ever recorded, especially "Another Love Song", "Gonna Leave You", "Six Shooter" and "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire".