Kyuss’ Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri Reunite In New Band For Mojave Desert Livestream Series

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For most dust-caked desert dwellers, Kyuss was the be-all-end-all of stoner metal acts. Now, it looks as though drummer Brant Bjork and guitarist Nick Oliveri will once more join forces in a new band named Stoner, who will perform as part of an upcoming livestream series — taking place in the Mojave Desert.

This January, the California Desert Wizards Association will livestream a new performance series called ‘Live In The Mojave Desert,’ which will feature some of the best stoner, desert rock, and doom metal bands on the face of the earth playing in one of the world’s most sprawling, beautiful landscapes. Also adding to the show will be a psychedelic spectacular designed by The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show.

The series kicks off in late January of 2021, and will continue on Saturdays over the next few months. Performing in the series will be:

1/23 – Earthless
2/6 – Nebula
2/20 – Spirit Mother
3/6 – Mountain Tamer
3/20 – Stoner (featuring Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri)

“I remember playing Ramones songs with Nick in his mom’s living room in Palm Desert when we were kids,” says Bjork on reuniting with Oliveri. “Nick and I have roots that go deep. Together again as the appropriately named Stoner. A testament to our collective and individual dedication to our past, our present and our future Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

About the concert series, Oliveri says, “Well I think that California Desert Wizards Association is doing a great thing and a new thing under the circumstances of COVID-19, because what I do for a living stopped cold, dead in its tracks. I feel the powers that be are trying to stop and kill music or live music and I believe Dr. Jones is doing a great thing by keeping it alive. We need more people like him coming forward. Let me add, what a cool original idea – live stream while releasing a live record. For a collector like myself this is a great thing! Big cigars and cold beers to CDWA records. RnR will never die.”

Tickets for the ‘Live In The Mojave Desert’ series are available for purchase. Check out a trailer for the event here:


Words by Chris Krovatin