Bassist tells of moment SWAT team broke down his door – and reveals he quit Kyuss Lives over Homme lawsuit

Facing trial: Nick Oliveri

Former Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri says the reason he’s facing up to 15 years in jail after a SWAT team standoff is that he refused to open his door.

The musician was arrested in July last year following an armed police action. He’s accused of holding his former girlfriend hostage for two hours, then refusing to surrender to officers, who forced entry to his home where they found a loaded high-power rifle and a quantity of drugs. He was later released on $100,000 bail.

And he’s confirmed his departure from Kyuss part-reunion act Kyuss Lives after former frontman Josh Homme took out a lawsuit against them.

In an extended video interview Oliveri tells Antiquiet: “Basically, at the end of the day I screwed up because I didn’t open the door. I was like, ‘I’m not going to open, I don’t have to open.’ I didn’t think you have to open the door – you have to open the door. A robot came and knocked down my door.”

Homme, who fired Oliveri from QOTSA in 2004, originally gave Kyuss Lives his blessing. But his position changed when talk turned to recording new music – and the resulting legal action over naming rights has led to Oliveri’s departure.

“Josh is a key player and songwriter in what Kyuss is and was,” says the bassist. “I don’t know that, without Josh there, it will be what it should be.

“I don’t want to let anyone down. I don’t want to let myself down. I figure, walk away with my head up high and do my own thing. I think I need to do that.”

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