Gig preview: Nick Oliveri at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Nick Oliveri
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Singer and bass guitarist Nick Oliveri is known for being in bands such as Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age and Dwarves, and also his main project, Mondo Generator.

He is due to start a solo acoustic tour of the UK and is due to play at the Brudenell Social Club on June 11.

We managed to get him to take a quick break from his hectic schedule and have a chat with us about his up and coming shows.

Asking how everything was going for him, he says: “I’m crazy busy. I have this solo tour coming up, a record coming out, really just playing music and having a great time.

“I had some time, and wanted to let people know about the new record that is coming out, so I thought what better way than an acoustic tour. I’ll have my new single available from my new record at all my shows.”

“It’s easier, for a start. You see, the thing is, I love doing the acoustic shows. It’s a different animal from touring with the band, and it’s something that I feel is attractive to have small, intimate shows, with no barrier, you’re in the crowd, with the crowd, you know, they’re almost on the stage with you. You get to meet people, talk with people a little more and I really enjoy doing it.

“I sing as hard and loud as I play with the band; I’m not a soft singer, but it’s still as intense. I’ll go in pouring sweat and bleeding and just go for it. My acoustic is a different kind of acoustic, for sure.”

As for the new band material he has planned, Oliveri says: “I’m playing with Joey (Castillo, ex-QOTSA) again. I heard he left Queens, I was like, ‘whoa, I have ton play with him again’.

“We got this new band Bl’ast! and we are coming through the UK in mid-June.

“We’re doing HellFest, and then coming to England to do Brighton, Bristol, London, then we’re heading back down to Europe, then back again for with my band Uncontrollable to do Reading, but not Leeds this time. I don’t know why.

“We got Reading so it is a shame we didn’t get Leeds as well.

“They have an acoustic stage for Download which I am playing, then Reading with the band, so I really don’t know why it’s not on for Leeds. But hopefully we are talking about getting something’s going so we can get a club date in Leeds.”

June 11, Brudenell Social Club, Queens Road, Leeds, 7.30pm, £10,

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