The rock & roll soap opera between Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and former bassist Nick Oliveri is finally out in the open. Up until now, Homme has kept his statements regarding the firing of Oliveri fairly vague. This all changed during an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. Homme said that he confirmed Oliveri had been physically abusive to his girlfriend and then ordered him to leave the band.
A transcript of the interview on Billboard read: “A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumor I heard," Homme recalled. "I said, 'If I ever find out that this is true, I can't know you, man.' Because music and my life are the same thing, there's no rules until something massive happens. [Nick] was over here [in England] with [QOTSA vocalist Mark] Lanegan and something happened again, and he almost didn't make it out of the country. That's not music anymore."
Homme said that he has no intentions on ever giving Oliveri a second chance. He said: “They don't understand what it's like to just sit there and feel helpless. When you have your chance to make your statement, which for me was firing Nick, that's what I did."