Nick Oliveri

“The driver left Nick Oliveri in Italy with only the jeans he was standing in – no money, no card, no phone, no shoes or socks” Queens insider.

Nick Oliveri was left stranded half-naked on a roadside in central Europe last week after the tourbus drove off without him.

The band were en route from Italy to Slovenia as part of their European tour. In true, Queens style, everyone was asleep after a heavy night, so when Nick Oliveri got out of the bus to take a leak during a routine stop, nobody noticed – the driver included.

“The driver pulls up to get petrol and Nick Oliveri gets off without anyone seeing him,” a tour inside told. “The driver gets back onboard and drives off leaving Nick Oliveri in Italy with only the jeans he’s standing in – no money, cards, phone, no shoes or shock, no shirt!”

It was only when the band woke up, three hours later, that the alarm was raised.

Our source added: “It was a total nightmare. They had to send a search party back to look for him! Several hours later they found a very pissed off Nick Oliveri, and that’s not a pretty sight I can tell you.”

Nick Steven Oliveri (born October 21, 1971) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Palm Desert, California. He is best known as the former bass guitarist of the hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age, with whom he recorded two studio albums. Nick Oliveri has also been a member of Kyuss, Dwarves and Vista Chino. His first instrument was a guitar but later moved to bass. His major influences were Kiss, Black Sabbath, Ramones, Rush and Van Halen.

He began his career in 1987 with John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Josh Homme and Chris Cockrell under the band name Katzenjammer. In early 1989, after Oliveri’s departure to play in other bands, the band would change its name to Sons of Kyuss, later shortening the name to Kyuss. He later rejoined the band, playing on the albums Wretch and Blues for the Red Sun. Oliveri would leave Kyuss again in early 1992, shortly after his father died in a car accident.

© NME June 14, 2003

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