Entries tagged with: Nick Oliveri
by Ian Chainey
BL'AST!, the recently reformed Santa Cruz hardcore band, have added two new US dates preceding their appearance at This is Hardcore in Philadelphia. This resurrected version of the one-time SST act includes bassist Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) and drummer Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal, Goatsnake, Wasted Youth) supporting original members Clifford Dinsmore (vocals) and Mike Neider (guitar). The group will set out on a European run in late June and early July before returning home for engagements in New York, Allston, Massachusetts, and the aforementioned Philly fest.
Formed in the early '80s, BL'AST took the wide-open experimental streak of Black Flag and expanded the sonic template to include all manner of skronks and squalls while still raging in the old hardcore way. This naturally caught the ear of SST, who released three BL'AST albums: The Power Of Expression (1986 on Green World Records, reissued in 1987 on SST), It's in My Blood (1987), and Take the Manic Ride (1989). BL'AST built a dedicated fanbase based on Neider's wild playing and Dinsmore's intense poetry, becoming something of a hardcore band's hardcore band; a cult standing that would serve them well when it came time to revive the project. In 2013, Scream's Dave Grohl (who is also in some other bands) remastered It's In My Blood for Southern Lord (renaming the album BLOOD!). Another reissue, this one of The Power Of Expression (renamed The Expression of Power), followed in 2014, along with a series of tour dates including the Scion Rock Fest I recently attended. Here's what I said of their set:
Neider roamed the stage as if he needed to test every inch to see how conducive it would be as a base to rain torrential dissonant abuse upon the audience. Oliveri towered, the alternate punk universe version of Randy Johnson. Castillo ate fills alive. Dinsmore channeled his discomfort into cathartic rage. "Fuckin' With My Head" brought old faces and new together in a scream along.BL'AST are slated to hit NYC at Santos Party House on July 23 with Villains. Tickets for that show are available now.
All dates are listed, along with streams of the still-thrilling BLOOD! and The Expression of Power below...
by Andrew Sacher
Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age put out their new record, ...Like Clockwork, today (6/4) via Matador. It's their first album since 2007, their first with Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan all together since Songs for the Deaf, and their first on an independent label since their debut. The record also features appearances from Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Trent Reznor, Elton John, and others. And while the guest appearances aren't felt as strongly as ones on past albums, that doesn't hold the album back from being a very solid listen. Certain tracks (my personal favorite is "I Sat By The Ocean") rank among the band's best. A Spotify stream of the album and the video for "My God Is the Sun" are below.
In honor of the release, the band will be doing some celebrating in the NYC-area this week. First, on Wednesday (6/5), QOTSA will do a "Live On Letterman" concert, which will be taped in the Ed Sullivan Theater and air on CBS.com and VEVO at 9 PM that day.
The next day (6/6), they'll be doing an in-store at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl (you had to buy a record to get in and it "sold out" very quickly the day it was announced).
And finally, on Friday (6/7), they're doing a secret show in Brooklyn. We can't say much more than that, but if you click that link you'll see at least one record store is giving out 30 tickets (a number much lower than the capacity of the venue they're playing).
All dates are listed, along with that stream/video, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Incendiary at Knitting Factory, July 2010 (more by Meghan McInnis)
Incendiary will open for the 87-demo lineup of Breakdown when the band takes the stages of Public Assembly on December 22. The Long Island hardcore crew will be joined by The Last Stand, Get Involved and Shell Shock, and tickets for this Brooklyn-Vegan-presented event are still available. Get 'em while you can! Flyer is below.
Following their dates together with Clutch, Mondo Generator will team with Saviours and Wino for a show at Saint Vitus on January 2. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are below. As you may have read, Nick of Mondo Generator is back with his old bandmates on the new Queens of the Stone Age record.
An avalanche of new tracks today, including the new title track from the forthcoming "Harmonslaught" 7" by Torche, a new Ghost track (HERE), a new Suffocation track from their forthcoming LP, and last but not least a new Portal track. The latter will appear on the band's forthcmong new LP (!) Vexovoid, due via Profound Lore on Feb 19, 2013. Check out all of those new tracks below.
All streams and a listing of all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks (and last two of 2012) year are below.
Nick Oliveri w/ Kyuss Lives! at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
According to a Facebook post on Nick Oliveri's band Mondo Generator's page, Nick, who last year dealt with some legal trouble but is back in Kyuss, "recently recorded his vocals on a new Queens of the Stone Age song." Nick was with QOTSA on their classic albums, Rated R and Songs for the Deaf. Dave Grohl, who recorded drums on Songs for the Deaf, is back on board for this album too and Trent Reznor is also doing some work on it. Here's to hoping they get Mark Lanegan on board for a full SFTD reunion.
Trent Reznor, meanwhile, has been keeping busy with his How to destroy angels_ project, who recently released their An omen_ EP and are planning a full length follow up. He just put out a video for the song "Ice Age" off that EP, which was directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless). You can watch that video below.
As you probably know, New Jersey was hit really hard during Hurricane Sandy and in an effort to help one of the victims, Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo of Ween) is hosting a benefit concert in Asbury Park (home of the Stone Pony which did survive the storm). Dean writes...
Like a lot of people I know it's hard to figure out where to best donate money and resources right now. To this end I've just arranged a benefit concert for my good friend Nick Honachefsky who lost his home and all of his worldly possessions in the storm. I'm hosting a benefit concert at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ onDean is also working on his first solo album, which will feature Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Guy Heller, Claude Coleman, Chuck Treece, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland, Joe Kramer, Andrew Weiss, Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, and more guests that he's worked with over the years. In addition to featuring on the album, Josh Homme is also producing it. The above picture is of Dean Ween at the recording sessions for his new album with Joe Kramer and Chuck Treece (via Facebook).
Sun Nov. 11Wed, Nov. 28--"Dean Ween and Friends" featuring Claude Coleman, Glenn McClelland, Chris Harford, Dickie Moist, and the all of the usual suspects to help Nick get back on his feet. The evening will feature new music and old music by Moistboyz, Chris Harford, Jimmy Wilson, members of Ween, etc. More specific details to follow. Also, there is a fund set up for Nick at this address.
UPDATE: The date of this benefit has changed.
A video of Dean Ween and some of his friends jamming is below...
Kyuss Lives at Stubb's, Austin, TX Oct 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Chalk one up in the win column for Kyuss Lives! Well, sorta.
Former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme and bassist Scott Reeder recently filed a federal lawsuit against their former bandmates John Garcia (vocals) and Brant Bjork (drums) to prohibit the latter duo from continuing to use the Kyuss Lives! moniker for their band.Former Kyuss members pursued the remainder of the gang who have been touring as Kyuss Lives! as of late. No word on if the band will change their name on the advice of the judge.
On Monday, Judge S. James Otero of the United States District Court Central District of California announced his verdict, which weighs somewhat in favor of Garcia and Bjork.
Essentially, Kyuss Lives! can use their name in concert, but not for recordings. "The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Mark in any capacity unless the word 'Lives' follows the word 'Kyuss' in equally-prominent lettering," reads the verdict. "The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with any studio album, live album, or other audio recording. The Motion is denied, however, with respect to Plaintiffs' request that Defendants be enjoined from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with concerts and live performances."
But this ruling doesn't fully protect Garcia and Bjork from running into further troubles down the road even if they use the Kyuss Lives! name solely for concerts. "It may be in Defendants' best interest to begin re-branding under a new name," the judge wrote. - [Rolling Stone]
Nick Oliveri of Kyuss Lives! at Terminal 5 (more by Greg Cristman)
Looks like former Kyuss members Scott Reeder and Josh Homme aren't too pleased with the recently reformed Kyuss Lives!. Homme & Reeder have filed a lawsuit against Kyuss Lives! alleging trademark infringement and consumer fraud. Their joint statement reads:
"It sucks. To think we went to a meeting in January solely to help them with their request to continue Kyuss Lives! With open arms, we made every attempt to help them continue Kyuss Lives! respectfully. Only to discover while they looked us in the eye, Kyuss Lives! management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss."In related news, Kyuss & Kyuss Lives! member Nick Oliveri had his day in court regarding the little incident he had with the SWAT team. According to TMZ, the bassist faces "two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer". Oliveri has pleaded not-guilty on all counts and will head to court in middle-April to face sentencing of up to 15 years in prison.
This is desperately what we were trying to avoid. It's a sad day for us and for John - but most of all for the fans. What a needless mess.
photos by Greg Cristman
Kyuss Lives! @ Terminal 5
The Aquarian Weekly: You're doing rehearsals?Kyuss Lives!, and apparently so does bassist Nick Oliveri. He was in the band, despite his recent troubles, when the reunited desert stoners hit Terminal 5 on Friday (9/23). Pictures are in this post.
John Garcia: It's pretty much pre-production for the next record has already started and we're just trying to get all of our ducks in a row and whatnot.
Wow. That seems really quick. Do you have new material already, or is pre-production writing it?
Yeah, it's more pre-production writing it, sitting in the room and bouncing ideas back and forth, talking about tones and drum sounds, guitars, whether it be sitars or 12-string baritones or whatever it may be. We're kind of ironing out all the logistics of it all. It's an exciting time.
Is Brant taking the lead role in writing the music?
One thing for certain is it's everybody's responsibility to come to the table with something. This is a group thing, and Brant expects that. Brant expects that out of everybody. Whoever brings something to the table, music-wise, he needs to put his 25 percent in there, I need to put my 25 percent in there, and Bruno does, so we all have to. Nick does. So it's definitely a planned thing, where the song deserves everybody's input. That's the good thing about it. It's not just one person, it's the whole band thing, whether it be writing lyrics--Brant's gonna come to the table with melodies, I'm gonna come to the table with music. There's switched roles, and I look forward to that. It's definitely a group project, though.
...Now, obviously, a huge, integral part of Kyuss is not there, and it's going amazingly well without Josh. Now, a lot of people think that there's--a lot of people want there to be a lot of animosity between Josh and Kyuss Lives! The flipside of the coin is that there's no animosity. We all love and respect Josh, and it goes both ways, so it's very, very interesting, how the process is going.
The show was the first reunion show in NYC for touring quartet, which features John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri and Bruno Fevery in place of Josh Homme. The setlist, as you can see below, stuck to the classics (despite the new material discussed above).
If you arrived early, you may have seen support from The Sword and MonstrO, the latter of which is the new project from ex-Torche member Juan Montoya and Kyle Sanders of Bloodsimple (and brother of Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders). Their debut LP is out now via Vagrant Records.
More pictures from the T5 show below...
Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has been charged with four felonies after a tense standoff with a S.W.A.T. team in L.A. last month -- and now faces up to 15 years in prison.Scott Reeder (Goatsnake/The Obsessed/Kyuss) recently filled in for Nick Oliveri on bass at four Kyuss Lives shows in Europe. It remains to be seen who plays with them for the upcoming North American tour with The Sword. Tickets are still available for the September 23rd show at Terminal 5. Updated Kyuss Lives dates are below.
As we previously reported, Oliveri was arrested on July 12th -- after a fight with his girlfriend escalated into a four-hour standoff with police. Oliveri was booked on felony domestic violence -- and after police searched his home, they found a fully-loaded rifle.
But that's not all they found -- according to the charging docs, police also found cocaine and methamphetamines.
Oliveri is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.
If convicted on all counts, the 39-year-old faces a max of 15 years in prison. -[TMZ]
Mastodon at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by BBG)
A new song called "Black Tongue" has made its way onto the interwebs from Mastodon's new/forthcoming LP The Hunter. Stream said track below.
Mastodon's only currently announced tour date goes down on 7/30 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Gorge, WA with Soundgarden, Queens of The Stone Age, and Meat Puppets.
In semi-related news, ex-QOTSA member Nick Oliveri's run-in with the law never stopped Kyuss Lives from touring. According to the band, "TMZ blew this way out of proportion, nobody got hurt and any of that other bullshit." They played Belgium with Nick like one day after the incident (but not with Mastodon collaborator and QOTSA member Josh Homme who is not part of the Kyuss reunion). That said, nobody denied the arrest or S.W.A.T. team involvement.
A former member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age got into an intense standoff with a S.W.A.T. team at his L.A. home last night ... where cops found a high-powered LOADED rifle.What is it with bass players going off the deep end this week... first from Coheed & Cambria and now Olivieri. No word on if/how the arrest may affect Olivieri's involvement in the forthcoming Kyuss Lives reunion shows (they are scheduled to play overseas this week), but we'll keep you informed. Kyuss Lives is scheduled to play Terminal 5 on 9/23 with The Sword (tickets). Updated tour dates are below.
...Cops were called to the home of 39-year-old Nick Oliveri after a neighbor called 911 to report a "disturbance" between the rocker and his girlfriend.
Sources close to the couple tell us Nick's GF told police the rocker struck her during an argument the day before and she had come back to the home to collect her stuff so she could move out. That's when the two got into another heated argument and Nick locked themselves inside the duplex.
When cops arrived, Oliveri -- who played bass with the Queens for years before parting ways with the group -- refused to allow cops inside the residence and would not let his girlfriend leave.
A S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene -- and a standoff ensued. After two hours, Nick finally agreed to let his GF exit the duplex and two hours after that, he gave himself up without further incident.
When cops searched the home, we're told they found one high powered rifle -- which was FULLY LOADED.
Oliveri was booked on felony domestic violence. He has since been released after posting $100,000 bail. -[TMZ]
Oliveri also did time (rimshot!) in The Dwarves who are celebrating 25 years with a dates that include two NYC stops this week: July 15th at Knitting Factory and July 16th at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for both the Knitting Factory date and the Studio date are still available.
Tweak Bird at Union Pool (more by Justina Villanueva)
The NYC show is part of a larger tour for Mondo/Bird, who will rotate in It's Casual on some dates (though not in NYC, where they will be playing with Fu Manchu/Black Tusk).
Mondo Generator is on the road and paying homage to their new Dog Food 7" from a forthcoming album (their fourth) by the band founded by Nick Oliveri (ex-Dwarves, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss). The new single features Dave Grohl, Happy Tom (Turbonegro) and Marc Diamond (The Dwarves) as well. Get yourself one, it's a limited pressing.
Tweak Bird have a joint of their own, their upcoming self-titled LP due on 8/31 via Volcom. Produced by the Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover from the Melvins and Toshi Kasai from Big Business), the album record follows in a similar path to their LA cronies/production team; big drums, big riffs, and hidden pop sweetness. Dig on a pair of tracks from that LP above.
Some video and full tour dates are below...
Nick (a rare shirt-ed moment)...
Nick Oliveri, of Mondo Generator, The Dwarves, and former bass player for Queens Of The Stone Age and Kyuss, put out a collection of home-recorded songs, Death Acoustic (Impedance Records), in October '09. He's touring the US with that material (which includes covers of past projects Queens & Dwarves as well as Raw Power, GG Allin and more) this January and February. The acoustic tunes come to Pianos on Saturday, January 23rd, where he'll be joined by acoustic versions of heavy Brooklyn bands Goes Cube and Weird Owl. Tickets are on sale.
Video of Oliveri doing his acoustic thing and joking about his solo project and Queens of the Stone Age ("No one can fire me anymore!") and all tour dates are below...