QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Crown New Bassist?

Launch Radio Networks reports: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have reportedly hired Michael Shuman as the band's new bassist. 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.

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