Bassist Nick Oliveri has announced that he has decided to leave KYUSS LIVES!.
He explains to Antiquiet,
John’s idea, when I was [first] asked to [be a part of Kyuss Lives!], was we were going to do a tour and promote our solo bands. Seeing John do it already with Garcia Plays Kyuss at such a big level, [we thought], ‘Wow, man, we could actually reach some people with our solo stuff in a very honest way and play the tunes that we have mad respect for and love as well. Basically, at the end of the day, that’s what I’m doing. I’m gonna bow out and do Mondo Generator, because that’s what we were supposed to be doing originally.
To me, you can make money doing whatever you wanna do, but it isn’t about that at the end of the day. To be in Kyuss, if I’m not having a good time, it’s like… When I was a kid, I had a great time doing it. It sucked being out of it. I don’t wanna be fired from any band… again. I figure to walk away with my head up high and do my own thing is a respectable thing, and I think I need to do that.
No imminent replacement for Oliveri has been announced and it’s unknown if his departure will affect KYUSS LIVES!‘ new album and tour plans, but stay tuned for updates.
Photo by Toni Francois.