New Queens Of The Stone Age Bassist?

Queens Of The Stone Age have reportedly hired Michael Shuman as the band's new bassist.

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Queens Of The Stone Age have reportedly hired Michael Shuman as the band's new bassist, according to Launch Radio Networks.

Various online sources have reported that Shuman, formerly of Los Angeles act Wires On Fire, had accepted an offer to join the Queens, although there's been no official confirmation. Until recently, Queens Of The Stone Age had been without a permanent bass player since the dismissal of longtime member Nick Oliveri in 2004. Alain Johannes has logged the most time on the instrument for the group following Oliveri's exit.

Wires On Fire issued its self-titled debut album in January and reportedly plans to continue without Shuman.

The new Queens Of The Stone Age album, titled "Era Vulgaris", is due out in mid-June and follows up 2005's "Lullabies To Paralyze".

The band has scheduled some summer European festival appearances but there's no word yet on U.S. tour plans.

Thanks for the info to Blabbermouth.net.

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    DoctorFu
    I'm listening to Wires on Fire now and the bassist really knows his stuff..
    recliner33
    I want to correct some people, Nick olleveri wasn't in queens of the stone age for the whole time, on their first album, josh did the bass and the guitar. Nick didn't join till afterwards. Also Nick has been gone from the band since like 2 or 3 years ago so that is old news. And Nick is a good bassist but josh had every right to fire him because he allegedly beat up one of his girlfriends or something like that. I like Nick's work in kyuss and qotsa but if I was josh i would get scott reeder to play bass, he's the guy that replaced nick in kyuss and he also got invited by metallica to try out for the band after Jason left. Scott Reeder is one of the best bassists that I have ever heard.
    artofthecobra
    who cares.... its a stinkin bass gutarist anyway. its not like quotsa have the most extreme bass lines on the planet. there would be at least a million people that could fill those shoes. josh writes all the songs. all bass dude has to do is have long hair wear black shit and sing the occasional ohhhhahhh or whooooo. the less influence another musician has on joshes music the better i recon anyway. ZEPPLIN RULES!!!!
    recliner33
    artofthecobra wrote: who cares.... its a stinkin bass gutarist anyway. its not like quotsa have the most extreme bass lines on the planet. there would be at least a million people that could fill those shoes. josh writes all the songs. all bass dude has to do is have long hair wear black shit and sing the occasional ohhhhahhh or whooooo. the less influence another musician has on joshes music the better i recon anyway. ZEPPLIN RULES!!!!
    That is the dumbest thing i ever heard. I don't know about you but the bass line is just as important as anything else in the song. Without a good rhytem section, the songs sound like crap and not all bassists have long hair or wear black(look at nick for example, he had no hair most of the time). Also qotsa is in the stoner/desert rock genre where bass is really important. In alot of the kyuss songs, Josh played through a bass amp to make it sound awesome. I am not a bass player, I have never picked up a bass as a matter of fact, i only play guitar so i'm not backing bass players because i am not one, i just like the bass sound, and sure it doesn't take alot of talent to play the average bass line, but bass plays just as important of a role as any other instrument. Well in a good band that is the case. If you don't wanna hear any bass lines then don't listen to qotsa or their genre and go listen to some hot shot guitarist cock rock.
    bassboy 999
    Come to Australia! bassist eh? gotta love the bassboys Songs for the Deaf is their best album still...
    vantage4
    F-ing Hostile wrote: cant they just stick with one bassist
    they never stick with anyone really, josh and nick are the only two members who have been there the whole time, everyone else just kind of comes and goes when they want to. mark lanegan pops up pretty frequently though. i think it's kind of cool that everyone takes such a cavalier attitude to all comings and goings, makes it more like just a bunch of guys hanging out and playing music and not worrying about setting a direction or permanent career course or anything.
    anaoshak
    The bass is the most important instrument in the world, without th ebasss their is no guitar or drums. Bass bass bass, I will back up the bass till I die. Bass fishing. Josh is awesome that he played on a bass amp, cause no one has done tha tbefore. That is the most awesome thing a person can do ever therefore making him 'awesome'. The bass is life, next time you diss bass like that. All the bass players will assemble and get you. No talking will ocur because bass players never have a voice in anything, cause they are so mysterious. Bass is life like I said. THe bass is awesme cause its an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking or slapping, or by using a pick. The bass is similar in appearance to an electric guitar, but with a larger body, a longer neck and scale length, and, usually, four or five strings tuned one octave lower in pitch, in the bass range.Since the 1950s, the electric bass has largely replaced the double bass in popular music. The bass is typically used to provide the low-pitched bassline(s) and bass runs in popular music and jazz. The electric bass is also used as a soloing instrument in jazz, fusion, Latin, funk, and rock styles.n the 1930s, inventor Paul Tutmarc from Seattle Washington, developed a guitar-style electric bass instrument that was fretted and designed to be held and played horizontally. Audiovox's sales catalogue of 19356 (also featuring a solid body six-string electric guitar) listed the worlds first fretted, solid body electric bass that was designed to be played horizontally the Model #736 Electronic Bass Fiddle (German text). The change to a "guitar" form made the instrument easier to hold and transport, and the addition of guitar-style frets enabled bassists to play in tune more easily and made the new electric bass easier to learn. so what I'm trying to say is BASS .
    fronkpies
    The bass is the most important instrument in the world, without the basss their is no guitar or drums
    Well, no.
    fisher6
    Jesse F. Keeler from Death From Above also has his MSTRKRFT project to work on. That band is blowing up big in Canada and they're catching on in Europe too, so I don't see why he would want to jump ship during his rise to join QOTSA. Nothing against them though, it would just seem like a poor move. Also, Death From Above 1979 doesn't even exist anymore. They broke up a while ago. It's just MSTRKRFT.
    cagnius
    Checked...and lets not kid ourselves, bass players generally have a tendancy to be one of those kids who sit and chew their sweatshirt cuffs until they're soaking...
    StrungOut858
    Hah. I like Cagnius' comment. Bass is important for sure. IF i had to choose a "most important" instrument it would be percussion (drums), it makes or breaks a band. Having said that, the most important thing is song writing and that's why Nick is missed. This is what Josh Homme needs is a new collaborater. Era Vulgaris is good but it's no Rated R (best album) or SFTD (2nd - these ratings don't include the live album)
    vantage4
    ^oh yeah, of course nick's not there anymore, but before that he and josh were pretty much the only guys who were always there.
    mike8095
    awesome that they have found someone.never heard of the band tho.lets just hope he can do the job.
    recliner33
    hopefully this nhew guy is good and if he isn't then josh should get the ex kyuss bassist scott reeder, the one that joined kyuss after Nick, he is awesome
    fronkpies
    I trust Josh homme (at least musically), so it's almost definitely a good decision.
    break-me-in
    fronkpies wrote: I trust Josh homme (at least musically), so it's almost definitely a good decision.
    Same.
    recliner33
    fuzzle3 wrote: what happened to the death from above guy?
    Yeah i guess josh got rid of him, i wish he kept him he kicked ass and he lives near me.
    wakeofthebunt
    Nice. Josh has pretty close ties with Buddyhead (Aaron North and Travis Keller's blog/label/ect), which put out Wires on Fire's debut. Wires on Fire is fantastic, especially if you dig bands like The Icarus Line. They don't sound anything like Queens of the Stone Age, but the talents there, for sure. As for Jesse not following through, I believe it was a scheduling problem. Something about the Queens guys wanting him in a certain month which he wasn't available, so he scrapped it.
    smb
    Jesse from Death From Above turned it down - he did some jamming with QotSA in the studio but decided to spend more time with his girlfriend instead. This piece of "news" has been copied from one music site to another but the original source of the story has been removed.
    fronkpies
    Jesse from Death From Above turned it down - he did some jamming with QotSA in the studio but decided to spend more time with his girlfriend instead.
    :O
    Notoriousdoc
    I think Jesse should have done it. That would make the world's sexiest band there and then.
    Cobalt Blue
    fronkpies wrote: Jesse from Death From Above turned it down - he did some jamming with QotSA in the studio but decided to spend more time with his girlfriend instead. :O
    oh thats what happened, i heard he was the new bass player. i wasn't a fan of death from above but i knew he was a good bassist from the one time i saw them on connan. I miss Nic, but the last album was good. This one should be alright.
    Musical Meds
    I thought they were gonna get the guy from Death From Above 1979. Atleast thats what I read somewhere. I hope thier new album is as good as lullaby's to paralyze.