Queens Of The Stone Age rocker Josh Homme has finally confessed he fired former pal NICK OLIVERI from the band last year (04) because he discovered the bassist had physically attacked his girlfriend.

Oliveri's exit from the group was shrouded in mystery until last night (06JUL05) when Homme admitted he'd heard disturbing rumours about Oliveri's violent conduct towards his girlfriend.

And when Oliveri confirmed Homme's suspicions, by assaulting his lover again last year (04) Homme took a stand and asked the former QOTSA star to leave his band.

He explains, "A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumour I heard. 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."

And he's furious fans are pressurising him to give Oliveri another chance: "They don't understand what it's like to just sit there and feel helpless.

"When you have your chance to make your statement, which for me was firing Nick, that's what I did."

Oliveri could not be reached for comment.

07/07/2005 03:00