While Queens Of The Stone Age may today be arena-filling, festival-headlining rock gods, it’d take a brave man to argue that the Josh Homme-led troupe have topped their classic albums Rated R and Songs For The Deaf.
Released in 2000 and 2002, respectively, both were filled with desert rock wig-outs and riff-heavy anthems, from Leg Of Lamb to No One Knows, Go With The Flow to Tension Headache. And at the heart of both records was the always-electrifying, snarling bass player Nick Oliveri.
Kicked out of Queens in 2004 amid accusations regarding his notorious temper, Oliveri has since gone on to launch a solo career and work with a host of bands such as Mondo Generator. He’s also contributed to Mark Lanegan’s much-lauded solo work.
It was while Oliveri was out on his latest acoustic solo tour – a few months after he had reunited on stage with his former QOTSA and Kyuss cohort Josh Homme for the first time in a decade (check the video below) – that we caught up with him to discuss the classic records that litter his career...