Thursday, July 14, 2011

Former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist arrested after standoff with SWAT team

Nick Oliveri, the former bassist of Queens Of The Stone Age, was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence in Hollywood on Tuesday night following a five-hour standoff with police.

The Los Angeles Times reports police were called to the rocker's Hollywood home shortly after 5 o'clock after receiving a domestic violence call.

SWAT officers surrounded the home after learning that a female hostage was being held inside, according to LAPD Commander Andrew Smith. That hostage, identified as Oliveri's girlfriend, was released about 8:30 p.m. unharmed, Smith said.

Investigators say the couple had gotten into an argument Monday night, but Oliveri left the home before police arrived. He reportedly returned Tuesday and the two got into an argument.

Oliveri was arrested around 10:30 p.m. and booked on felony domestic violence charges; he was released after posting $100,000 bail.

After serving as a bassist for hard rockers Kyuss, Oliveri joined Queens of the Stone Age in 1998 and contributed to their 2002 breakout album, "Songs for the Deaf," before being fired from the group in 2004. He is currently a member of Kyuss Lives!, who just wrapped up a two-week tour break before playing festival dates across Europe starting tonight (Thursday) in Belgium.

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