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Josh Homme Entertained By Kyuss Reunion

August 22, 2011

Many know Kyuss as the now mythic band that revolutionized the stoner/desert rock sound in the early 1990s. However, in November of 2010, following a 15-year hiatus, a reunion of sorts materialized when lead singer John Garcia recruited former members Nick Oliveri (bass) and Brant Bjork (drums) for a new tour.

Josh Homme has decided to forego any participation in Kyuss Lives! to continue work on the sixth Queens of the Stone Age studio album, rumored for a 2012 release.

What resulted was Kyuss Lives!; a slightly altered moniker representative of the three-fourths represented metal band. The missing member? Josh Homme, the guitarist who crafted his psychedelically heavy sound with Kyuss before taking his talents to her personal project, Queens of the Stone Age. Homme found magnificent success with QOTSA, releasing five studio albums while enlisting the talents of Dave Grohl, Billy Gibbons, Mark Lanegan and even Rob Halford, as part of his revolving-door band.

Perhaps that’s the reason Homme has never looked back on the possibility of a Kyuss reunion. In a 2010 interview, Homme explained his hesitation to participate in the anticipated reformation…

“The offers come in all the time. They’re getting more and more expensive, and more and more elaborate. The money is crazy, but I’ve never been tempted – I don’t really care about the money, I never have. That’s not what Kyuss was about, so to punctuate the end of our sentence with that would be blasphemy…Kyuss has such a great history that it would be a total error. I like that nobody saw Kyuss, and that it was largely misunderstood. That sounds like a legend forming to me. I’m too proud of it to rub my dick on it.”

Nonetheless, Homme was present for a Kyuss Lives! performance in Belfort, France this July, where the redhead was banging to the beat on the side stage.

Homme’s philosophical approach to maintaining the legacy of Kyuss is admirable, but many fans have to wonder if his decision is a bit selfish. With the rest of the band pressing on in remembrance of good times, excluding Nick Oliveri, who is now in the hands of the law, its questionable how long Homme will hold out on what could be one of the most intriguing reunions of the decade.

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