“With QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, like, there were no boundaries with that band, there were no limits with them,” he explained. “It was like if you did something insane, you’d do more, if you did something that seemed too ridiculous — and honestly the new QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE record, I’m playing drums on that, and I’ll do something so completely ridiculous, I’ll just, like, ‘There’s no way that that Josh [Homme, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE mainman] is going to let me do that,’ and he’ll say, ‘Do that for forty-five seconds, over and over again, that’s become, like, part of the song that is a big part of the song,’ and that’s the way they work.”
Speaking about QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE‘s general vibe, Grohl added: “When you walk into a festival backstage with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, it’s like, the record stops. People stop and they stare, and it’s like, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are, without question, the baddest rock and roll band in the world! And they still are, and when ‘Songs For The Deaf’, when that came out, it blew people’s minds, man for real.”
Grohl stepped in to lay down the drums tracks on the new QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE record, which is expected in early 2013, following the departure of Joey Castillo.
Grohl previously played drums on QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE‘s 2002 album “Songs For The Deaf”. He also teamed with Homme and LED ZEPPELIN bassist John Paul Jones for the THEM CROOKED VULTURES project.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will make its first-ever appearance at the U.K.’s Download festival next summer. The event will take place June 14-16, 2013 at Donington Park.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE‘s fifth album, “Era Vulgaris”, came out in June 2007 and entered the Billboard chart at No. 14.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE commemorated the reissue of its classic 1998 debut with a limited series of intimate shows at which the band played the record in its entirety, plus B-sides and other rarities and hits from the early QUEENS catalog up to the present.