The latest edition in the public feud between former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme broke out this morning, when Nick told Gigwise that Josh “sold himself short, thinking he is ‘The Guy,’ he should just be the Josh Homme band.” He goes on to slam QOTSA’s latest release, saying Josh “dropped the ball” by compressing the guitars beyond the state of recognition.
But what the article doesn’t state is that Homme dismissed Oliveri after “independently” confirming that Oliveri “had been physically abusive to his girlfriend.” Here’s what Josh told Billboard in July:
A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumor I heard. 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.
We’re don’t know what constitutes “independent” confirmation. But if there’s any veracity to Josh’s claim, then in this war of words, Nick, you lose.