Rock & Pop

Kyuss Lives!

When: Sat., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. 2011

It cannot be overestimated how much Kyuss influenced the heavy music landscape -- crazy, considering that guitarist Josh Homme was just barely legal when the stoner rock band dissolved in 1995, seven years after first forming. By then, the PalmDesert outfit had become an underground sensation thanks to its so-called "desert rock" sound, even though it toured briefly with Metallica and was signed to Elektra Records. Of course, Homme went on to mega success with Queens of the Stone Age, which included former Kyuss bassist and partner-in-crime Nick Oliveri from 1998 to 2004, after which he was fired. Oliveri never really recovered post-QOTSA, although he's been involved in various projects over the years. Earlier this year, he was arrested after a four-hour standoff with police after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, and faces fifteen years in prison if convicted on all four felony counts, including possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, according to the Los Angeles Times. Homme has always said he'd never participate in a Kyuss reunion, and he's living up to his word. But Kyuss Lives will feature original members John Garcia (vocals), Oliveri, and Brant Bjork (drums), with Bruno Fevery on guitar. It may not be the real thing, but it may be the closest thing to it for a while. With The Sword, Black Cobra, and Papa Wheelie at The Regency Ballroom (1300 Van Ness St., San Francisco) on Saturday, Nov. 19. 8 p.m., $28.50. TheRegencyBallroom.com

Kathleen Richards

Price: $28.50

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