Bassist Nick Oliveri of Kyuss and, formerly, Queens of the Stone Age, held his girlfriend hostage last night at his Los Angeles duplex, according to TMZ. Oliveri’s girlfriend allegedly told police she had left the apartment they share on Monday after he struck her during an argument, but returned the next evening to collect her belongings and move out, at which point the two got into another heated exchange. Oliveri barred police responding to a neighbor’s 911 call from entry to the apartment. He would not permit his girlfriend to leave the apartment for two hours, and did not himself leave the apartment for an additional two hours. A search turned up a loaded “high powered rifle.”
Queens of the Stone Age fans may recall that allegations of domestic violence were the cause of Oliveri’s firing back in 2004. As reported by Billboard in July 2005, frontman Josh Homme told BBC’s Radio 1 that he’d heard a rumor about an incident of domestic violence involving Oliveri, and at the time told the bassist, “If I ever find out that this is true, I can’t know you, man.” In 2004 Homme received independent confirmation of abuse and dismissed Oliveri. He has not since played with the bassist in any capacity and opted out of the recent Kyuss reunion.
Ex-Queens of the Stone Age Guy — S.W.A.T. Standoff [TMZ]
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Party Like It’s 2001
Foul-mouthed rabble rousers Queens of the Stone Age release a clip of their latest "Sick Sick Sick" and introduce us to their new spokesman Bulby. Lead Stroke Julian Casablancas guests — who knew three frames of animation could keep us entertained for so long?
Rehab Works Wonders on Van Halen
In addition to detox and counseling, looks like they offer frosting and tanning services at Eddie Van Halen’s rehab clinic. Or at least de-Golluming.
After lucidly railing against global warming, Thom Yorke drops typos like they’re hot and reveals he’s got a new Radiohead album, then rubs your face in it. "i have a cd of what we;’ve been up to…and you haven’t. yet. (sorry)" [mega-sic].
Yeah, you’re all hopped up to hear the new Arctic Monkeys disc, Favorite Worst Nightmare. Lots of people are. Crank the volume to 11 and prepare to be messed with when "Brianstorm" comes squawking out of the band’s MySpace page. See ‘em live by jumping in here.
A morsel of Bjork’s new Volta is up for sampling on her page, too. The choppy "Innocence" is seductive in a robotic kind of way. The full CD doesn’t drop until May 8. The Icelandic one is does her thing on Saturday Night Live tomorrow.
The always impressive Queens of the Stone Age do the math on their latest track, "3′s & 7′s." It’s from their pending disc Era Vulgaris, and it’s currently streaming on their Web site. The guys will salute Ozzy Osbourne at VH1′s Rock Honors on May 24. Don’t miss.