In the week it was announced Nick Oliveri had gone, now its the turn of Mark Lanegan to depart...

Temporary Queens Of The Stone Age member MARK LANEGAN is also out of the band.

As previously revealed, bassist Nick Oliveri has left the group. A statement issued earlier this week said that “number of incidents occurring over the last 18 months have led to the decision that the two can no longer maintain a working partnership”.

Today it has emerged that Lanegan, who has been on recent tours with the group and also on their last two albums, has also decided to bow out.


A statement on the star’s official website reads: “Mark is officially no longer playing with Queens Of The Stone Age as to devote more time to his own band. His new album ’Bubblegum’ is finished and will be out in late spring 2004. Cheers to the world’s greatest rock band Queens Of The Stone Age and many thinks to their fans.”

Speaking to NME.COM this week Josh said the two departures weren’t related.

Homme is currently on tour in the UK drumming with side project Eagles Of Death Metal and was at the NME Awards where he picked up the Best Live Band award, as well as performing live.

For a full, exclusive interview with Josh about the split, see next week’s NME, which is out on Tuesday in London and the following day nationwide (February 18).