Contrary to an article posted at MTV.com last night (since corrected), SCREAMING TREES members Van Conner (bass) and Barrett Martin (drums) have NOT joined QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

The somewhat confusing QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE "family tree" on the group's web site was apparently the source of the mix-up, with MTV.com mistakenly misreading the tree to indicate that Conner and Martin have been enlisted to replace Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo, respectively.

While Oliveri's departure has now been confirmed by the band's management, there is nothing to indicate that Castillo has left the group. Meanwhile, a posting on the web site of vocalist Mark Lanegan (SCREAMING TREES) appears to confirm reports that the singer is no longer a member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. According to the his web site, Lanegan will devote his time to his own band, which is scheduled to release an album, titled "Bubblegum", in the spring.

The ongoing status of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE is unknown at this time. Representatives for the group had not responded to multiple requests for comment, according to Billboard.com.


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