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Queens of the Stone Age is one of the few remaining rock bands that can still be called legendary. Active since 1998, with members tracing roots back to ’96, the band still plays sold out shows across America. The set piece is centered around Josh Homme, but they have had multiple members throughout the years.
Oliveri new Homme from a previous band, Kyuss. When QoTSA released their debut album, Olivera was their bassist. A title he held till 2004 when Homme gave him the boot. Oliveri was shown the door for excessive partying, and an alleged case of domestic abuse.
The rock legend replaced drummer Gene Trautmann during the third album recording. He returned to the Foo Fighters shortly after the band launched their tour for “Songs for the Deaf.” He returned for two albums, but only in a backup capacity.
Back in ’96, Homme was performing live guitar for a band called Screaming Trees. When Homme started recording his debut album in ’98, he wanted Lanegan’s vocals. He wouldn’t get them officially until 2001, but by ’05 Lanegan was showing signs of exhaustion. The band was touring to perform tracks from their album “Lullabies to Paralyze” when he called it quits. Homme would have Lanegan as a backup vocalist for classic tracks like “If I Had a Tail” and “Fairweather Friends.”
Shneider was the band’s keyboard player from 2005-2008. She had the distinction of playing backup during the Lullabies to Paralyze tour, but died in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. The band played a show in her honor on August 16, 2008 that included Jack Black and her husband Alain Johannes.