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QOTSA’s Josh Homme Says Reunion with Ex-Bassist Nick Oliveri for New Album Was a "Nice Thing"

Queens of the Stone Age ’s upcoming album, ...Like Clockwork, features a number of collaborations with a variety of artists, including the band’s former bassist, Nick Oliveri . Frontman Josh Homme says the reunion with Oliveri, who was fired from the group in 2004, was a pleasant and spontaneous occurrence.

“Nick recorded his new record at my studio, and then he was going to drop off some records and he said 'Hey, need anyone to sing backup?',” he tells MTV News in a video interview . “And I was like 'Actually, yeah, come on in.' It's that casual, and that's a nice thing.”

While some band members often harbor hard feelings after they split up, Homme notes that he and Oliveri have maintained a close friendship over the last nine years. "Nick and I have been friends since a couple weeks after everything went down,” he explains. “People don't know that, and it would be awkward for me to run around making sure everyone [knew it].”

...Like Clockwork will arrive at all the usual outlets on June 4. In addition to Oliveri, the release includes guest appearances by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails , Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears , former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan , pop icon Elton John , former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore , Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner , and former QOTSA drummer Joey Castillo .

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