NICK OLIVERI: 'QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Is No More'

Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has posted the following message on the web site of his MONDO GENERATOR project:

"Hello everybody. I'm in L.A., and it's getting to be too much. You know what I mean? I'm ready to go out on tour again with MONDO GENERATOR. I just wanted to tell you folks what's really goin' on — good news and bad news. The bad news, which you all know, is that QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, as we all know it, is no more. I heard it's now called 'QUEENS LITE.' Unfortunately, I was fired, and Mark Lanegan decided to cut out from the QUEENS and focus on his solo project. His new record will be out this spring.

"Anyways, a pure idea has been polluted. It's funny. 'a band about an idea? The concept was simple: A ROCK BAND, selfless, mindless, ego-free, unprotected, about danger, sex, and no bullshit rock 'n roll. You know what happens when a pure and original rock band gets polluted, poisoned by hunger for power, and by control issues? Things get really out of control. I'm noticing that people start fighting for control, especially when they realize they have no control. And what ever happened to loyalty?

"The strongest leaders are chosen by their followers, not self-appointed. The best front men are chosen by their fans. At one time, the thing I really loved about the QUEENS was that there were three front men, organic and original. I'd never heard of a rock band with three lead singers, with three different voices. My favorite band is dead.

Q.O.T.S.A.
R.I.P.

"Oh yeah, the good news is now I'll be focusing on MONDO GENERATOR full-time. I've been listening to mixes of the live recording from MONDO's L.A. Troubadour show, getting it ready for release. In my spare time I'll still have time to play with other bands. Not only have I played on Mark's new record, but I also spent some time last week at Barefoot Studios recording vocals on a few DWARVES tracks. I hadn't worked with Blag since the recording of 'A Drug Problem that Never Existed', and it's been two years since I worked with Eric Valentine on 'Songs for the Deaf'. I had a lot of fun. It reminded me of the old days when the three of us worked on 'Young and Good Looking' and 'Come Clean', the last two DWARVES records.

"I'll check in again soon. I'm heading out to the desert to work on some new MONDO songs.

"See y'all later, Nick"

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