Elton John Joins Eclectic Group on Upcoming Queens of the Stone Age Record
Queens of the Stone Age have always been one of the most interesting revolving-door projects in modern music. The primary music vehicle of founder Josh Homme, the band has welcomed a variety of collaborative guests over a sixteen-year, five album span.
The news of Sir Elton John’s participation in the latest installment of the Queens of the Stone Age saga emerged this week, on E’s Chelsea Lately nonetheless. Dave Grohl, who provided drums on the third QOTSA record, was filling in for Chelsea Handler when he teased with John about their latest collaboration.
“I was in Vegas and I flew back to LA and Engelbert Humperdinck had written me a very sweet letter and asked me to sing a duet with him,” John said. “He is part of my history and I couldn’t say no so I went and recorded a song with him. Then I drove three blocks and went from Engelbert to Queens Of The Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindf*ck.”
The latest Queens’ record, which is currently untitled, will feature a star-studded cast of former and new members. Previous members, including Mark Lanegan [Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan Band], Nick Oliveri [Kyuss, Mondo Generator] and Alain Johannes [Eleven, Them Crooked Vultures] will join new talent in Jake Shears [Scissor Sisters], Brody Dalle [The Distillers] and of course, Sir Elton John.
A release date for the album is still pending, although Homme and company have hinted at various times of a 2013 release. The group’s last effort, 2007’s Era Vulgaris, featured appearances by Julian Casablancas [The Strokes] and Trent Reznor [Nine Inch Nails].