Grohl returns to QOTSA for new album
Dave Grohl has returned to the drumkit for Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme has confirmed.
The Foo Fighters mainman is currently working on the band’s sixth album, after previous incumbent Joey Castillo’s departure. He replaced Grohl in 2002 following the recording of QOTSA’s breakthrough release Songs for the Deaf.
Now Homme, who collaborated with Grohl and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones in Them Crooked Vultures, says things have come full circle.
He tells the BBC: “We parted ways with our drummer, Joey, who I love dearly. Dave is playing drums on this record as well, in the studio.
“He and I have this wonderful musical relationship we don’t have with other people and it started with Songs for the Deaf. Here it is three records later, and the feeling is the same.
“It was more about the search for something classic. If we’re going to do this I’d really like to put everything I have into it and make it a record somebody can really fall in love with.
“It’s a very cool and comfortable position. That kind of energy is everywhere. You almost have to wipe it off at the end of the day.”
It’s not yet known if Grohl will tour with QOTSA, although he recently confirmed the Foo Fighters were on hiatus. Homme’s band are scheduled to make their first-ever appearance at the UK’s Download festival next year. The album is expected to be released before the event in June.
Meanwhile, Grohl’s documentary movie Sound City is nearing completion and is due for release soon.