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Nick Oliveri


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Nick Stephen Oliveri (born October 21, 1971 in Los Angeles) is an American musician from Palm Desert, California. He plays bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and is a vocalist.

Oliveri is most famous for being a member of legendary Southern California band Kyuss and a member of Queens of the Stone Age from 1998-2004. In circles, he is best-known for being “Rex Everything” in Dwarves.

Since 1997 he has fronted Mondo Generator, currently being billed as Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator. Oliveri is also a solo artist and frequent contributor to his friends’ albums and tours, including Winnebago Deal, Mark Lanegan Band and Masters of Reality. In the past, he has been involved with the Desert Sessions and the River City Rapists.

Oliveri is known for playing bare chested and often naked at gigs, causing many authorities to order him to cover up. Most memorably, he was arrested in Brazil, after a nude performance at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro.

Queens of the Stone age years
Oliveri and band-mate Josh Homme were, in most eyes, the only two permanent members of Queens of the Stone Age. Being friends since childhood, the two meshed well together. Oliveri’s background brought an element of danger and attitude to the Queens’ live shows. His unique “howling” singing style made him easily distinguishable on songs such as “Six Shooter” from the album Songs for the Deaf; however, he also displays a more melodic singing style in QOTSA hits such as “Autopilot” and “Gonna Leave You”.


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