Queens Of The Stone Age, though known for having a rotating lineup, has been built atop the foundation of high school friends Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme. However, that relationship has sadly ended, as Oliveri has officially exited the group. On Tuesday, we reported that rumors of the split were flying across internet message boards faster than that zoomed in photo of Janet's creepy nipple ring and, unlike the one with Richard Gere and the hamster, these rumors turned out to be true. MTV News quotes a statement from the QOTSA management as saying, "A number of incidents occurring over the last 18 months have led to the decision that the two can no longer maintain a working partnership in the band."
Another departee of Queens camp is Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, who toured with the band and contributed vocals to a number of tracks on the last two QOTSA albums. A message on his official website reads, "Mark is officially no longer playing with Queens Of The Stone Age as to devote more time to his own band. His new album, Bubblegum, is finished and will be out in late spring 2004. Cheers to the worlds greatest rock band Queens Of The Stone Age and many thanks to their fans."
As the pieces of his band crumble around him, Josh Homme is on a European tour with his side project Eagles Of Death Metal. The band will release their debut album, Peace, Love And Death Metal on March 23 via Ipecac. His other, long-running side project Desert Sessions will be playing at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Nevertheless, the future of Queens Of The Stone age is an uncertain one. As of yet, no replacement has been named for Oliveri. We will of course keep you posted as the details surrounding this sudden split are revealed. I bet they're juicy.