Nick Oliveri

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Nick Oliveri
Nick Oliveri with cigarette 2009-01-07.jpg
Nick Oliveri in January 2009
Background information
Also known as Rex Everything
Pierre Pressure
Born (1971-10-21) October 21, 1971 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Heavy metal, stoner rock, alternative metal, hard rock, punk rock, alternative rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, singer, bassist
Instruments Bass, guitar, vocals, percussion, organ, synthesizer
Associated acts Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, The Desert Sessions, Mondo Generator, Dwarves, River City Rapists, The Uncontrollable, Moistboyz, The Knives, Eagles of Death Metal, Vista Chino

Nick Steven Oliveri (born October 21, 1971) is an American musician from Palm Desert, California. He plays bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and is a vocalist.

He is most widely known as a bassist with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and Dwarves, and has also performed with the reunited Kyuss under the names Kyuss Lives! and Vista Chino.[1]

As a bandleader, his main project is Mondo Generator, a punk/metal hybrid that he formed in 1997.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Oliveri began his career in 1987 with John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Josh Homme and Chris Cockrell under the band name Katzenjammer. In early 1989, after Oliveri's departure to play in other bands, the band would change its name to Sons of Kyuss, later shortening the name to Kyuss. He later rejoined the band, playing on the albums Wretch and Blues for the Red Sun. Oliveri would leave Kyuss again in early 1992, shortly after his father died in a car accident. Following his departure from Kyuss he joined The Dwarves as an on again off again bassist under the moniker Rex Everything. However he is perhaps best known as a member of Queens of the Stone Age from 1998 to 2004. Oliveri is also a solo artist and frequent contributor to his friends' albums and tours, including Winnebago Deal, Mark Lanegan Band, Masters of Reality, Turbonegro, Moistboyz aka Dickie Moist and the O.T.C., and The Knives. In the past he has been involved with The Desert Sessions Vol. 4 and Vol. 6. Oliveri is known for playing bare chested and sometimes naked at gigs. Most memorably, he was arrested in Brazil, after performing nude on stage at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro.[3] He is also one half of the acoustic duo The Uncontrollable, with The Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia.

Queens of the Stone Age years[edit]

Oliveri was a core contributor to Queens of the Stone Age from 1998 to 2004, playing bass and providing backup and lead vocals on two of the bands biggest albums, Rated R and Songs for the Deaf, in addition to co-writing most of the albums songs with band mate Josh Homme. He first appeared on the band's self titled debut album in the form of a voicemail confirming his commitment to the band on the albums' final song, "I Was a Teenage Hand Model."

Oliveri's lead singing can be heard on songs such as "Auto Pilot", "Tension Head" and "Quick and to the Pointless" from Rated R and "Another Love Song", "Gonna Leave You", "Six Shooter" and "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire", from Songs for the Deaf.

In January 2004, following a sting of dates touring in Australia, Oliveri was fired from the band, with reasoning at first being aggressive treatment of the band's fans, later being accusations of possible abuse to his girlfriend. Oliveri has said to have come to the conclusion himself that during a sound check at a show in Spain in 2003 he acted too aggressively to Josh Homme over his relationship with then-girlfriend Brody Dalle after getting too drunk on wine, raising tension between the two.[4]

Post–Queens of the Stone Age[edit]

Oliveri performing in 2006

Since his firing from Queens of the Stone Age, Nick has both toured and appeared on-stage with Brant Bjork, Motörhead, Winnebago Deal, Masters of Reality, The Dwarves, Mark Lanegan and Turbonegro. He also recorded an acoustic LP entitled Demolition Day that was eventually released as a second disk in a limited edition of Mondo Generator's latest album, Dead Planet: SonicSlowMotionTrails.

Although now concentrating on the Mondo Generator project, in September 2006 Oliveri stated "I feel that Queens is something I can contribute to and he (Josh Homme) needs me to do it."[5]

As of April 2007, Mondo Generator was scheduled to appear on the 12th annual Ozzfest tour (otherwise known as the "FreeFest" tour), but officially dropped off the tour on July 26, 2007 after appearing at 4 Ozzfest dates. Oliveri stated, "We can't keep on touring for free! My band's not free, it's costing me."

In early 2008, Nick joined a West Coast off-shoot of Moistboyz dubbed Dickie Moist OTC, on bass.[6] In June, 2008, Nick joined Los Angeles-based rock band, The Knives, on bass.

On August 7, 2008, Nick Oliveri appeared on stage with Turbonegro to sing "Back to Dungaree High" and "Nervous Breakdown," the first of which a song that Queens of the Stone Age covered on the Alpha Motherfuckers Turbonegro tribute album, and the latter being a Black Flag cover. The band's performance at the Øyafestivalen was a 10th Anniversary celebration of their critically hailed album, Apocalypse Dudes.

Nick Oliveri appears on Slash, Slash's first solo album. He sings the song "Chains and Shackles" (only on the Australian version of the album).

In 2010, Oliveri announced that he is now in a new as yet unnamed band with Euroboy and Happy-Tom of Turbonegro, as well as Tommy Akerholdt from Serena-Maneesh.[7]

There was also speculation that he would return in Queens of the Stone Age during their summer tour due to Josh Homme's dedication of "New Fang" to Nick for "new beginnings". However, this proved to be false. In March 2011, Oliveri stated: "The last time I saw them play was a benefit for Brian O'Connor in L.A., from the Eagles of Death Metal. I was down there and I mentioned to them, "Why don't I come up and do "Millionaire" or something, and sing it and not play bass?" [Josh] was like, "Nah, I don't think that's a good idea yet." It's kind of in his court for stuff like that. I don't think he wants to give anybody the wrong idea. I don't necessarily know if that would happen. And he's got a good band—he's taking the band in the direction he wants it to go."[8]

In November 2010, Oliveri joined Kyuss Lives! with fellow ex band members Garcia and Bjork. The band initially toured Europe, Australian and New Zealand markets in early 2011, and later toured North America.[9] A new studio album was also being planned following the tour.[10] Due to Oliveri's ongoing legal problems resulting from a July 2011 incident, he was unable to leave the US and Scott Reeder filled in for him on several international dates.

After touring domestically in the US with Kyuss Lives! during 2011, Oliveri decided to leave the band in favor of returning to working on Mondo Generator.[11] In December 2012, he announced his return to Kyuss Lives!, now known as Vista Chino, however all touring and promotions since have not featured Oliveri.[12] In August 2013, singer John Garcia said that Vista Chino "is a three-piece band with [himself], Brant [Bjork, drummer] and Bruno [Fevery, guitarist]. It always will be." and described Oliveri as "an honorary band member".[13]

In late November 2012 Oliveri contributed vocals on the track "If I Had a Tail" for his former band Queens of the Stone Age on their album ...Like Clockwork. Upon hearing fellow former Queens member Dave Grohl would make a return to drums on the album, Oliveri inquired to Josh Homme if he could play bass: "I actually put in a request with Josh. I heard Dave was playing on the record, and I was like, 'Dude! I wanna play bass on it!' I'd be a fool not to ask. If Dave Grohl was playing drums, then I want in. He's an amazing drummer. I never had a better time in my life than when Dave was in the band."[14] Homme instead opted for current bassist Michael Shuman.

In January 2013, it was announced that Oliveri has formed a thrash metal super-group with Gary Holt of Exodus, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, and Casey Chaos of Amen. The project is being produced by Ross Robinson.[15] In July 2013 Oliveri went to Alaska to play a mini tour. On tour he met members of Men With Guns, Lowell George Granath and Cody Kniceley. On July 8, 2013, the three went into HPI Studios in Anchorage Alaska and recorded two tracks for a two track digital demo due out in early fall 2013 under the band name The Situationalists. In late November 2013, Oliveri announced that he would be touring with, and playing bass for Moistboyz, the punk/rock project of Dean Ween, which will also feature Mondo Generator drummer Hoss Wright, Guy Heller, and Stephen Haas. Oliveri also announced that he and Hoss are also providing the rhythm section for the recently reunited California thrash outfit Bl'ast!. That band will begin touring in December as well. In April 2014, Moistboyz opened for Queens of the Stone Age at a concert at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. Oliveri then joined Queens of the Stone Age on stage for the first time in over a decade to sing "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire."[16][17][18]

Legal issues[edit]

On July 10, 1999, Oliveri and Josh Homme were involved in an altercation with English rock band Terrorvision while Queens of the Stone Age were on tour in London. Oliveri was arrested as a result, but was released several hours later without being charged.[19]

Oliveri was arrested after a performance at Rock in Rio III in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 19, 2001 for performing nude on stage. Oliveri apologised for the incident and stated that he was not aware that it was a crime in Brazil. [20]

On July 12, 2011, Oliveri was arrested for suspicion of felony domestic violence after a standoff with police SWAT team. He allowed his girlfriend to exit the house two hours into the stand off and two hours before the SWAT team made entry into the home and arrested Oliveri. Drugs and a loaded rifle were found in the home.[21][22][23] In August 2012, Oliveri's lawyer reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in his case. Oliveri’s lawyer, Freddy Sayegh, told TMZ, “Mr. Oliveri agreed to plead to one count of possession of cocaine and a dismissal of the remaining six felony counts.” Oliveri's record in the case will be expunged as long as he completes a court ordered community service, anger managment, and remains out of trouble for 3 years.[24]

Musical equipment[edit]

Guitars[edit]

  • Fender Precision Bass: Numerous models used throughout his career with Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Mondo Generator, most fitted with Leo Quan Badass Bass II bridges and Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders. Notable models include a 1974 maple fretboard model used on Blues for the Red Sun, his Black with matching headstock models, and an early 70s model with a 50s P Bass neck.
  • Fender Jazz Bass: White Mexican model with a "Fuck Stoner Rock" sticker used during Queens Of The Stone Age's early tours and during the recording of Rated R.
  • Ampeg Dan Armstrong: Used for the live performances of the song "Sky Is Fallin'" in Drop D tuning during the Songs for the Deaf era. Also used in E Standard during the Rated R tours. Occasionally used live with Mondo Generator and with BL'AST!.
  • Squier P Bass: Used on Wretch and early Queens performances in E standard.
  • Dean Metalman V: used occasionally for Mondo Generator and Dwarves tours.
  • Echo Park Nick Oliveri Signature: Custom made by Gabriel Currie of Echo Park Guitars, made in a traditional Tele-style body out of wood with authentic worm holes; reminding Nick of absinthe wormwood, and therefore named "Abbie". Features a "PJ" pickup setup, Hi-mass bridge, maple fretboard, pickup selector, and a kill switch, with no volume, and no tone.[25]
  • Maton Acoustics.

Amplifiers[edit]

  • Ampeg SVT Head and 8x10 Cabinets.
  • Acoustic B800H 800w Head and OrangeSP410s cabs.
  • Sunn Concert Bass: The legendary amplifier christened in spray paint "the mondo generator" by Brant Bjork, used on Blues for the Red Sun and featured prominently on the back cover. Used in conjunction with an unnamed 2x15 cabinet. Both have since been lost.

Effects pedals[edit]

Boss Hyper Fuzz used for its Gain Boost setting only Boss Blues Driver used for the warm Fuzz it gives to my bass sound

Partial discography[edit]

Kyuss[edit]

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Queens of the Stone Age[edit]

Mondo Generator[edit]

Dwarves[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Demolition Day (2004, Tornado)
  • Death Acoustic (2009, Impedance)
  • Nick Oliveri Vs The Chuck Norris Experiment (2012, No Balls Records)
  • Nick Oliveri Vs HeWhoCannotBeNamed 7" split (2013, No Balls Records)
  • Leave Me Alone (2014, TBA)

Other[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Nick Oliveri". allmusic.com. Retrieved on October 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Nick Oliveri". allmusic.com. Retrieved on October 5, 2013.
  3. ^ The Telegraph-Herald - Google News Archive Search
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51dsoWRjOT8
  5. ^ "The Skinny – Nick Oliveri – Mondo Uncontrollable". Theskinny.co.uk. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  6. ^ ZW. "Dickie Moist OTC MySpace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  7. ^ Niesel, Jeff. "Cleveland Scene". Clevescene.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  8. ^ Prato, Greg (2011-03-23). "Nick Oliveri Interview". UGO.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net - Kyuss Lives Without Josh Homme". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  10. ^ 9:42 AM. "Kyuss Lives! To Record New Album - in Metal News". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  11. ^ SKWERL. "The Devil Comes Clean". Antiquiet. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "KYUSS LIVES! Becomes VISTA CHINO". Blabbermouth.net. November 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/john-garcia-says-vista-chino-will-always-be-a-three-piece-band/
  14. ^ Bogosian, Daniel (February 18, 2013). "Nick Oliveri: 'The New QOTSA Record, I Can't Wait For People To Hear It". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nick Oliveri joins Slayer, Exodus, Amen Bros for Thrash Metal Supergroup". Spin. 
  16. ^ Bowe, Miles (2014-04-16). "Photos: Queens Of The Stone Age @ Keller Auditorium, Portland 4/15/14". stereogum.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  17. ^ Scoczynski Filho, Fernando (2014-04-16). "Watch Nick Oliveri Join QOTSA Onstage and Sing ‘Millionaire’ in Portland". antiquiet.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  18. ^ Coplan, Chris (2014-04-16). "Watch: Queens of the Stone Age reunite with Nick Oliveri for first performance in 10 years". consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  19. ^ http://thefade.net/oldsite/articles/mtv990722.html
  20. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1438389/nude-queens-stone-age-bassist-arrested-rio.jhtml
  21. ^ "Former Queens of the Stone Age Member Nick Oliveri Arrested After S.W.A.T. Team Face-Off". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  22. ^ "Queens of the Stone Age's Nick Oliveri arrested after standoff - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  23. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (2011-08-13). "Former Queens of the Stone Age Bassist Faces 15 Years in Jail". Noise Creep. AOL Inc. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  24. ^ "Ex Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri Dodges Jail Time In Plea Deal". 
  25. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s81k_ViB870
  26. ^ "Zodiac Killer Records". ZKR. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  27. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 

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