It’s been a decade since Nick Oliveri was kicked out of Queens of the Stone Age. And while the bassist and singer made a tentative return by singing backup vocals on “If I Had a Tail” on last year’s …Like Clockwork, he returned to the stage with the band last night in Portland for the first time since he’d left the band. Oliveri was brought onstage to play “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire,” from Songs For the Deaf. Oliveri’s current band, Moistboyz, had opened the show, and Antiquiet reports that earlier in QOTSA’s set, Homme dedicated “Better Living Through Chemistry” to his former bassist.
When Oliveri had left the band, it was under mysterious circumstances, but it was eventually found out that leader Josh Homme had heard that Oliveri had abused his own girlfriend. His subsequent years had been fraught with legal battles. Back in 2011, he’d had a standoff with a SWAT team at his house, again over him allegedly striking his girlfriend. He’d subsequently cut a deal to avoid jail time, which was dependent on him staying sober. That, and him quitting Vista Chino (then called Kyuss Lives!) might have started Oliveri and Homme on a road to mending fences.