Despite Rio de Janeiro’s flesh-happy rep, it’s apparently illegal to bare
all in public in the Brazilian city.
No one was more surprised to learn of this legislation than Queens Of The
Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, who was reportedly arrested on Friday for
hitting the stage nude during the band’s performance at the week-long
Police pulled Oliveri from the stage and wrapped him in a towel,
releasing him from the Office for the Protection of Minors about 10
minutes later when a Rock in Rio lawyer arrived, Reuters reported.
Oliveri dressed, and then the band played its set.
Oliveri, whose full-frontal encores are nothing new to fans of the band,
reportedly told officials, “I did not know it was a crime here in Brazil,
otherwise I would not have done it. I apologize to the public and the
Oliveri faces a corruption of minors charge, which may require him to
remain in Brazil to give statements and pay a fine if found guilty.
Oliveri’s spokesperson did not return calls Monday (January 22).
Queens of the Stone Age released the acclaimed Rated R last summer and
scored minor hits with “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and “The Lost Art of
Keeping a Secret.”
Rock in Rio, which attracted crowds as big as 250,000 people to see a
variety of acts from Guns N’ Roses to Britney Spears, came to a close
Sunday night with a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who managed to
stay clothed for their performance.