Could Josh Homme Be Fired From Queens of the Stone Age?


After news of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren on Saturday at the Forum in Los Angeles, Homme has been dealing with a major backlash from the public, including the cancellation of two segments he filmed for the BBC. This has led to some speculation about if this could set back or even end his career. It is close to impossible that Homme could be fired from QOTSA as it is his band, but fans have brought up Homme’s 2004 firing of bassist Nick Oliveri and his reasoning behind it as a possible reason to call for Homme’s head.

Josh Homme said in a 2005 interview that he ordered Nick Oliveri to leave the band after he independently confirmed Oliveri had been physically abusive to his girlfriend.

“A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumor I heard,” Homme recalled. “I said, ‘If I ever find out that this is true, I can’t know you, man.’ Because music and my life are the same thing, there’s no rules until something massive happens. [Nick] was over here [in England] with [QOTSA vocalist Mark] Lanegan and something happened again, and he almost didn’t make it out of the country. That’s not music anymore.”

Homme said he would reject pleas from QOTSA fans to give Oliveri a second chance. “They don’t understand what it’s like to just sit there and feel helpless,” he said. “When you have your chance to make your statement, which for me was firing Nick, that’s what I did.”

Homme was also involved in a brawl over Oliveri’s firing in November 2004 in Los Angeles with Dwarves singer Blag Dahlia, a close friend of the former QOTSA bassist.

“If you’re trying to be good about something and everybody else around you isn’t, what do you do?,” Homme said. “Do you fight fire with fire or sit there and burn?”

Oliveri later returned years later for guest studio appearances, and a big 2014 reunion performance at ironically enough, the Forum in Los Angeles.

Despite the seemingly buried hatchet, Oliveri told Hot Press in 2015 that a permanent QOTSA reunion probably wouldn’t occur, and his answer also explained Homme’s contractual control over the band. “I figured out the reason why there probably won’t be a reunion of Queens is that I own 47 percent of the name,” says Oliveri. “Why would you let somebody come back that had that? I’d have to sign away that 47 percent and I’d be a hired gun. I really don’t want to be a hired gun just to be in the band again. But I’d like to do a record with Josh one day, whether it’s Queens or something else. Just to work with him again would be great.”

It’s tough to create a moral equivalency between the type of violent behavior Oliveri was accused of by Homme in 2004, and Homme kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren from the stage. They are very different acts, though that does not excuse Homme’s behavior at all. Do you think Homme should be forced to disband Queens of the Stone Age and lose his job like Oliveri did in 2004, or should people be able to forgive him in time? Alternative Nation thinks we’ll see Homme back in action sooner rather than later if he takes the proper steps to make amends. Let us known in the comments section.

  • Aurino Felix

    Hommem owns the band…. the others are hited guns……

  • Olga Stewart

    I think Josh should be fired.

    What makes him more special than the other guy who was fired from the band?

    And to let him keep his band is akin to condoning what he did (which he fired the other guy for).

  • Kay B

    He won’t be fired. He is a hypocrite. But we fired (resigned) Al Franken and Matt Lauer which they should have been, but we keep Trump who tells other men to grab women by the pussy among other things.

    • Cheri Kuhn Ruefer

      This is totally not about sexual harrassment-what are you even talking about here??

      • Kay B

        I know that thank you. My point being that in this country as a society we tolerate people in power whether it be a president or a famous singer for actions that are worth taking that power from them until they get their shit straight. Some individuals will criticize others for the same actions they also do. It is called a hypocrite and Josh is one of them. He has a history of violent behavior.

  • Cheri Kuhn Ruefer

    Nick beat the crap out of his girlfriend, as in “hands on”. What Joshua did is stupid, but he was kicking at the camera, which recoiled back into her face-everything I have read about him makes me believe he would not intentionally hurt a woman. MAKE AMENDS! !! In WHAT EVER way she sees fit, but don’t ruin his career over it.

    • Kay B

      Look at the tape. It was intentional.

      • Anonymous501

        I don’t think Cheri was arguing the intentional part. If you read their post they’re arguing he kicked the camera and not the person. Hence the intent might have been to kick the camera not the person (and hence didn’t consider that kicking the camera would hurt the person). Not sure if I buy it, but it’s plausible.

        • Kay B

          I don’t buy it. Kicking the camera was an excuse to kick the person. It is true he didn’t want her taking pictures or whatever. But that was a convenient way to also get pretty pissed at her and on purpose kick the camera hard enough to make his point. He has had anger problems in the past. Fact.

          • Olga Stewart

            Not to mention the other behaviour he engaged in on that particular night.

  • Anonymous501

    It’s weird thing. It’s his band. If he fires himself the band dissolves. So it’s not really about firing himself. It’s about disbanding the band all together.

    • Kay B

      He won’t fire himself. He apologized after she thought about pressing charges, that’s good enough for him.

  • Hutttrash

    John Garcia in, Homme demoted to guitarist only. Call it Sons of Kyuss…..hahaha

    • IrregularJohn

      F*** no.

  • Backdoorman

    Could Brett Buchanan Be Fired From Alternative Nation?

    • Ryan

      If there really is a god then Brett will be fired. But there isn’t, so he won’t.

  • He apologized. He will probably have to settle either in or out of court and some people who would have bought his records won’t anymore. He will either get a handle on his issues (whether they are anger-related or chemical in nature) and life and the band will go on, or he will get worse and eventually things will fall apart. Dude doesn’t seem to be half the mess many other doomed rockers were. I think he moves on after sitting in the corner for a bit.

  • Chris Ross

    Simple answer, NO, he will not be fired, thats just silly. Its HIS band. He is pretty much the only steady member in a revolving door ensemble. He can do what he wants, but he wont leave his own band nor will he fire himself (what does that even mean?). What a silly question and debate. I dont support what happened at all but honestly, I just see it playing out with him apologizing, and making things right whichever way he feels he needs to, for better or worse. He was in the wrong, now he needs to make it right. Its just a matter of if he will make it right by doing everything he possibly can.

  • B1

    “It’s tough to create a moral equivalency…”

    No it’s not tough at all! It is a deliberate act of violence against someone else.

    Will he be fired… of course not. His weasel words of ‘apology’ only show more of his true character.