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Billboard.com is reporting that Queens of the Stone Age were joined this week in a Los Angeles studio by ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons. According to QOTSA's official web site, Gibbons "rolled into the studio ... at the stroke of midnight and left at 5 in the A.M."
It is unknown if Gibbons' contributions will make the cut for Queens of the Stone Age's next Interscope studio album, QOTSA's first since the spring departure of bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri. Group leader Josh Homme is recording the set with drummer Joey Castillo, multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen and "Desert Sessions" collaborator Alain Johannes. Assisting Homme during the sessions is producer/engineer Joe Barresi, who worked on QOTSA's self-titled, 1998 debut. Queens of the Stone Age's last album, 2002's "Songs for the Deaf," has sold 901,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Former NIRVANA/QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE drummer Dave Grohl recorded a guest appearance on drums for the new NINE INCH NAILS album, "Bleedthrough", during a session at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Ca. this past Friday (July 9).
The follow-up to NINE INCH NAILS' 1999 double album, "The Fragile", is set to feature production contributions from Rick Rubin (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, AUDIOSLAVE, SLAYER), Atticus Ross (12 ROUNDS, TAPEWORM), Jerome Dillon, Leo Herrera, and mix engineer Rich Costey. Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "The Line Begins To Blur", "Every Day Is Exactly The Same" and "My Dead Friend". No release date has yet been scheduled.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE mainman Josh Homme has told MTV.com that he will return to the studio in April with the remaining QUEENS members — guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and drummer Joey Castillo — to work on the band's next album.
"I gotta be honest," he said. "I knew this [split with bassist Nick Oliveri] was coming, so I wrote everything by myself. And it's the best shit I've ever written. My tank has been fueled by people saying I couldn't do it, and I'm gonna show them they're dead wrong."
"It reminds me of the same, trancey emptiness of the first QUEENS record," Homme said of the new material. "It's no accident everything has come full circle. There's lots of repetition with falsetto melodies over the top. I want people to shake their ass and shut their eyes and just trance out. I want to move people and get the hairs on their arms to stand up."
Homme told MTV.com that he will play all the bass parts on the album, as he did on the group's self-titled debut. "I don't want to rush into anything with another bassist, so I'll deal with that when the time is right," he said.
With regards to a possible replacement for Nick, Josh said that there have been a number of applicants already. "Oh man, I'm fielding all these crazy phone calls from people I've never met," he said. They're like, 'Hi, I've got long hair and the look, and I can tear it up.' These guys say things like, 'I got your number through Joe Sh-- the Ragman and Gravel Gerty.' Man, I just don't care right now. QUEENS has had lots of members, and I don't mean to suggest that Nick was just a casual member, but because the music has always been made with love we've always sorted ourselves out. And I don't expect that part of it to be any different. We'll find someone who loves music."
Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has spoken to Kerrang! magazine about the reasons for his departure from the group. “I had a blow out in Barcelona," he said. "I was pissed and did some stupid shit. I freaked out, did some Absinthe or something and we had a big fight that night. We've known each other long enough and that's what happens, a brother fight, you know?
"Josh [Homme, guitarist/vocalist] came to my house and said, 'I don't know if I can do this anymore.' It sounded to me like he was quitting and one of the excuses he gave was he said I'd hit my girlfriend, which is totally untrue. To me it seemed like he was trying to justify that he was quitting. Then I read on the internet I had been fired!"
Former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri has posted the following message on the web site of his MONDO GENERATOR project:
"Hello everybody. I'm in L.A., and it's getting to be too much. You know what I mean? I'm ready to go out on tour again with MONDO GENERATOR. I just wanted to tell you folks what's really goin' on — good news and bad news. The bad news, which you all know, is that QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, as we all know it, is no more. I heard it's now called 'QUEENS LITE.' Unfortunately, I was fired, and Mark Lanegan decided to cut out from the QUEENS and focus on his solo project. His new record will be out this spring.More...