Josh Homme has revealed for the first time why he fired longtime friend Nick Oliveri from Queens Of The Stone Age in 2004. Speaking to Zane Lowe on July 6 on BBC Radio 1, Homme said he ordered Oliveri to leave the band after he independently confirmed Oliveri had been physically abusive to his girlfriend.
"A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumor I heard," Homme recalled. "I said, 'If I ever find out that this is true, I can't know you, man.' Because music and my life are the same thing, there's no rules until something massive happens. [Nick] was over here [in England] with [QOTSA vocalist Mark] Lanegan and something happened again, and he almost didn't make it out of the country. That's not music anymore."
Read more at Billboard.com.
In other news, QOTSA are to release an exclusive 7 inch signed single to every fan who turns up to their Somerset House gig in London this week, according to NME.com. The band is set to play the venue today (July 7) and are offering the unique vinyl to every attendee.
The release will feature the non-album song "Fun Machine" as the lead track with "A Commentary" (five minutes of singer Josh Homme speaking) on the flipside.