It’s been a rough month for the former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. As TMZ reported, Oliveri was charged with four felony counts after a July 12 S.W.A.T. standoff with police that stemmed from a domestic disturbance call. Oliveri’s charges include “two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.” Oliveri’s maximum sentence if convicted is 15 years in prison.
Oliveri’s arrest came in the middle of a Kyuss reunion tour taking place under the name “Kyuss Lives!” The band featured Brant Bjork, John Garcia and Nick Oliveri. QOTSA frontman and former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme did not join the tour. Kyuss Lives! has continued their tour with bassist Scott Reeder, who first joined Kyuss in 1992 when Oliveri originally left the band.
“All we have to say is, TMZ blew this way out of proportion, nobody got hurt and any of that other bullshit,” the band wrote on their Facebook page.
Kyuss Lives! is still scheduled to play U.S. dates starting in September.