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Listen To Iggy Pop & Josh’s Homme’s New Song “Break Into Your Heart”

Josh Homme and Iggy Pop will release a collaboration titled Post Pop Depression on March 18th. Listen to a new track from the album titled “Break Into Your Heart” below.

Josh Homme and Iggy Pop will release a collaboration titled Post Pop Depression on March 18th. “We paid for whatever ourselves,” Pop told the New York Times. “But it was made to be heard — not to be some quirky thing that we did with our own money.”

The Stooges singer said Homme “took me to a place I’d never been,” while the Queens of the Stone Age mastermind added: “This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way.”

“There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket,” Homme said. “It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.”

Listen to “Gardenia” below.

Break Into Your Heart
In The Lobby
German Days
Chocolate Drops

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Listen To Josh Homme & Iggy Pop’s New Track “Gardenia”

Josh Homme and Iggy Pop will release a collaboration titled Post Pop Depression on March 18th. “We paid for whatever ourselves,” Pop told the New York Times. “But it was made to be heard — not to be some quirky thing that we did with our own money.”

The Stooges singer said Homme “took me to a place I’d never been,” while the Queens of the Stone Age mastermind added: “This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way.”

“There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket,” Homme said. “It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.”

Listen to “Gardenia” below.

Break Into Your Heart
In The Lobby
German Days
Chocolate Drops

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Eagles of Death Metal And The Recovery From Tragedy

Featured image credits to Charles Platiau/Reuters

In the wake of Scott Weiland’s death, which has been a huge ordeal and sorrow for many of our readers as well as contributors, some news developments have not been reported on the Eagles of Death Metal and their relationship with the tragic Paris Attacks last month, of which 89 people were killed by ISIL/Daesh operatives in the Bataclan where the play was playing a sold out show. For those who have missed these developments, they will be consolidated in one larger article.

After the attacks struck Paris, the Deftones and U2, the two largest acts that were currently scheduled for tour dates in Paris, cancelled them. Bono of U2, in the philanthropic way only Bono can provide, decided to begin the engagement of a triumphant return of rock music to Paris despite the scars of the recent tragedies in the City of Lights.

U2 returned to Paris for concert dates on December 6th and 7th at the AccorHotels Arena, replacing the older scheduled shows for November 14th and 15th. These dates are also regarded as the last tour dates for their 2015 “Innocence + Experience” Tour, their first tour in four years. It is also worth noting the two previous nights, Pathway to Peace hosted a two night concert in Paris starring the likes of Patti Smith, Flea, Thom Yorke (who debuted new material), Warren Ellis and others.

Triumphantly, on the second night of U2’s residency, they were joined on stage by Eagles of Death Metal, with Jesse Hughes in a stunning white disco-looking suit, rocking it as hard as the band did the stage and audience with their cover of “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith. After the cover, U2 left the stage as Eagles of Death Metal had a chance to perform their song from Zipper Down, “I Love You All the Time,” which is currently the subject of a campaign in which the band encourages other musicians and acts to cover the song, and royalty proceeds will go to charity. The song, ironically, also features French lyrics. Current cover versions so far include Savages, Matt Cameron & Alain Johannes, the Dean Ween Group and others.

The band also returned to the Bataclan, to physically pay their respects to the victims of the ISIS attack there, in which they narrowly escaped. They put flowers out and stood for a couple of minutes, reading tributes and, in one way to put it, mourning.

When my friend Justin and I got to meet Eagles of Death Metal just weeks before Paris, they put on a rambunctious, floor stomping show. Much like Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme’s other band, Eagles of Death Metal are part of a larger royal house, that of rock n’roll. From B.B. King down to Elvis to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, they are contenders to the throne of rock n’roll, a prestigious princedom with groves of growls, rhythms and grooves protected by hordes of guitar-welding knights.  For me, it is incredibly frustrating, on top of sad and tragic, that a band like this has been subject to such a tragedy which left 89 fans and crew members dead. I had talked to the whole band and no matter what kind of front some of them might have put up, I could see their bonds radiating off the stage and it is always nice to see bands with great chemistry and harmony that rules them. Never in a million years would I have guessed this would have happened them, but thankfully they are going about this the best they can. They are not giving up, which is what their fans that have passed on would have wanted.

Currently, there are many factions of American and international society who are spitting out hate against certain groups of people, like Muslims, over the incidents in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino. There factions are too obvious to bring to name or too subtle to mention, but you know who are. I have seen none of that from the artists directly affected by these incidents and it is incredibly inspiring. I salute you, Eagles of Death Metal. Heal on, rock on.

Rock and roll never fucking dies.


Josh Homme Seeks Donations For Families Of Paris Attack Victims

Sweet Stuff Foundation, a charity co-founded by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in 2013, is now seeking donations to help the families of victims killed in last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability”, according to their webpage.

Now, under these special circumstances, a statement has been added:
“In honor of the musicians and crew members killed in Paris, The Sweet Stuff Foundation is dedicating all money received through this site until December 31, 2015, to their surviving families. We are thankful for all the fans, crew and band members who survived this horrific event. Now more than ever it is important to contribute to the ‘Sweet Stuff’ in life.”

Le Bataclan, where Eagles of Death Metal performed on the night of the attack, will reopen in the future, though it is not yet decided when. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender”, says the venue’s co-manager Dominique Rever, according to Fuse.

Josh Homme Owns Party Crasher, Talks To Alternative Nation

Co-written & photography by Elias Fulmer and Justin Zabilski

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a show that good. The Eagles of Death Metal recently kicked off their tour of Zipper Down with two shows in Los Angeles (not counting an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live) and appearances at Santa Ana’s Beach Goth and Aftershock in Sacramento. AlternativeNation was lucky enough to receive passes to the second show at the Teragram Ballroom, a relatively new venue in Los Angeles that hosted a secret show for Queens of the Stone Age last month as well as an additional Eagles of Death Metal show on the 19th. Alternative Nation also had a chance to briefly talk to Josh Homme, Reggie Watts, and Alex Turner, and to also be in the midst of Josh Homme hilariously kicking someone out of the backstage area!

Opening the night was another Palm Desert band Gram Rabbit, whose music combines of electronica, rock, country, and psychedelia. Their set was accompanied by a mirage of visuals from Alice in Wonderland and other aesthetic driven films with an array of colorful lights thrown into the mix. They played much heavier than their studio recordings, likely to appeal to the audience, and were well received by the crowd. If interested, they are hosting a Halloween event in Pioneertown, California. Information available here.

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Gram Rabbit, performing live

When the Eagles Of Death Metal came on, the crowd instantly lit up with receptive cheers. Jesse Hughes entered wearing a golden hooded cape, with Josh Homme sitting on the drums, David Catching on guitar, and Matt McJunkins (of A Perfect Circle) on bass. Auxiliary guitarist Eden Galindo also performed on certain songs. They started the show off with “Bad Dream Mama” off of Peace Love and Death Metal and it only went up from there. Curiously enough, the setlist consisted of songs from their older material, with only a handful of Zipper Down songs being featured. However, the crowd didn’t seem to mind getting to hear their old favorites along with the new material. AlternativeNation’s Swedish reporter, Hanna Graf, reviewed the album a few weeks ago.

Certainly it can be said that Jesse Hughes knows how to work a crowd. He was all over the place, changing outfits, interacting with his other band mates and the crowd, and even giving a shout-out to a certain birthday girl in the audience. His stage banter was top notch, telling the stories behind some of the songs adjacent to playing them and joking about guitarist Dave Catching wanting to marry him. The current lineup had an incredible energy and chemistry on stage and all stage members all shared vocals at different points of the show. Josh Homme, because of commitments to other bands, does not always perform with the band and his appearance was quite a treat.


Eagles of Death Metal, performing live

The music was the real treat of the night, EODM played quite a long set, but nobody even thought about calling it a night early. Calling it a solid performance is an understatement. Sometimes when you are in the crowd you can just tell that this is one of the shows they have their whole heart in, and this was definitely one of them. The set also hosted two covers, “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran and “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones. After the main set, Hughes did a solo encore before being rejoined by the whole for even more encores and then finally ending the set with “Speaking in Tongues”. At the end of the last song when you thought it was over, they restarted the main riff and continued even more with a solo-off between Catching and Hughes, playing off crowd interaction. They left the crowd lusting for more, they left us wanting more, and then they took a bow.

Josh and Jesse

Of course, after the show all who were able packed in tightly backstage to give their compliments to the musicians. The family and friends of the band were there giving their support. Upon being asked what it’s like to have a dad for a rockstar, Hughes’ son, Micah, said “It’s fucking awesome!” There were others backstage of course, such as the likes of comedian Reggie Watts and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. Reggie Watts was extremely personable and brought along his kind friend Erick Lodwik, an East Coast musician who had recently moved out to Los Angeles. Getting to spend some time with Watts, we found out that him and Josh Homme had become friends ever since Homme’s appearance on Comedy Bang Bang, which Watts used to host from 2012 until recently. Watts didn’t just sit backstage either, he was in the crowd enjoying the show. Nobody could just sit backstage for such a show, it had to be experienced. Alex Turner showed up late in the set and he was very reserved but polite. We exchanged few words with him but we had an about 15 second staring contest with all of our mouths’, including Turner’s, opened almost to say in unison, “Do I know you?”
Josh Homme was a character, a smart ass but in the best way and highest compliment possible. He is a short recap of a conversation between us:

Fulmer: “Hey, how are you?”
Homme: [pauses] “…I guess I’m doing PRETTY well!”
Fulmer: “Sorry we didn’t introduce ourselves earlier.”
Homme: “Oh yeah, I’m so disappointed you didn’t introduce yourselves earlier.”


Josh “Baby Duck” Homme on drums

Homme, past the sarcasm in good jest, was pretty nice and took several pictures, shook hands and chatted a bit after the show. In the parking lot was his famous Camaro, the same car he has had since he was 14 years old. One of the more memorable moments backstage was when Homme, in his regular fashion, threw out who I can only assume was a local party crasher. In our interactions with the crasher, it was obvious this guy was full of crap, prancing around like he owned the place. He was pretending to be somebody and spouting off like he was the owner. Josh finally getting annoyed stepped out into the hallway where the crasher was loitering and bothering the other attendee’s, and told him “You’re done, get out”. When the crasher looked upon him confused Josh reaffirmed his position and began walking towards him elevating his voice saying “get out” until the crasher quickly got out of his sight, with his tail between his legs. Would it be an Eagles of Death Metal show if Homme didn’t have any of his usual antics which constitute him to be a well-rounded person? Jesse Hughes seemed as he always is, an old-timey cowboy with a quick wit but quicker with a 6-string. He is the perfect method actor and is perfect for the role he will play in Gutterdämmerung. The other live members, David Catching and Matt McJunkins, were very humble in person and possessed a great stage presence.


I would be doing a disservice not to mention the sound quality of the night. Being active in the music scene, both of us suffer from near constant tinnitus which tends to flare up after a show. But with the excellent acoustics of the Teragram and great sound engineering, neither of us had that incessant ringing afterwards or at least not any worse than usual. Still, it was more than loud enough to get lost in the performance. Definitely check out the Teragram if you get the chance or see an act you like is playing there, Los Angeles is incredibly lucky to have such a venue new on the scene. To follow the rest of the Eagles of Death Metal’s tour, click here. Setlist is below:

Bad Dream Mama
Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)
So Easy
Complexity (Boots Electric cover)
Kiss the Devil
Shasta Beast
Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)
The Reverend
Cherry Cola
Got a Woman (Slight Return)
Wannabe in L.A.
Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
Miss Alissa
Anything ‘Cept the Truth
I Got a Feelin (Just Nineteen)
I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)


Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones cover) 
Already Died (Jesse Hughes solo)
Stuck in the Metal (Jesse Hughes solo)
I Only Want You
Speaking in Tongues

Additional pictures:




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Kiss The Devil, from the October 19th show

Review: Eagles of Death Metal’s ‘Zipper Down’

Ever since I first heard an Eagles of Death Metal song, I have loved listening to them. Not in a ‘this-is-my-favourite-band’ kind of way, but their entertaining, fun, mood lifting vibe has always appealed to me.

That’s what I expect from Eagles of Death Metal, no more, no less. Zipper Down is their fourth studio album, and it has been seven years since the last. This time, original members Jesse Hughes (on the album cover referred to as Boots Electric) and Josh Homme (Baby Duck) do everything themselves without help from additional musicians, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album hit the spot for me immediately.

The first track, ”Complexity”, captures the spirit of EoDM: funky, uptempo and fun.

”Silverlake”, ”Got a Woman” and ”Got the Power” follow the same pattern, while ”I Love You All The Time” is a slower song that is, as the title suggests, full of love.

”Skin-Tight Boogie” is a groovy kind of rap, featuring Hughes’ girlfriend Tuesday Cross on backing vocals.

An unexpected track is ”Save a Prayer”, which is a cover of the song by Duran Duran from 1982. It sound surprisingly much like the original, only a little faster with a dirtier kind of garage sound.

With ”The Reverend” the band finishes the album excellently with the classic EoDM sound that leaves me smiling for the rest of the day.

A couple of plain and uninteresting song make the overall impression a 4 out of 5, but for the most part I love the album. Eagles of Death Metal is a band that’s here to entertain you, with no pretentious intentions. I bet the duo has as much fun in the studio as I have listening to the result of their recording sessions.

Track listing:
1. Complexity
2. Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
3. Got a Woman
4. I Love You All The Time
5. Oh Girl
6. Got the Power
7. Skin-Tight Boogie
8. Got a Woman (slight return)
9. The Deuce
10. Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
11. The Reverend


Josh Homme Was Told To ‘Get Out’ Member of Queens of the Stone Age

Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes discussed Josh Homme firing a member of Queens of the Stone Age in a recent Independent article.

“Josh was my only friend during my divorce – people looked at me as a pariah. He was motivated to see Eagles through, as he wanted to give me something to think about.

The only time I’m afraid of Josh is when I’m wrong: Josh does not suffer fools. He’s a Viking monster and he can be fierce.

I think our biggest difference is that I have an inherent cruelty. Often it’s Josh who talks me into forgiving someone. When we were discussing if someone deserved to be ejected from the [Queens of the Stone Age] gang, I was the one to say, “Josh, get him out!” Josh took a lot of heat for being an egotistical, power-hungry ass when he kicked out [drummer of 10 years] Joey Castillo. But I won’t let anyone say anything bad about him: I had my nose broken once as I refused to allow someone bigger than me to say anything bad about him; without him, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Nick Oliveri was fired from Queens of the Stone Age in 2004, while Joey Castillo was ousted from the band a few years ago.

Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan & Iggy Pop Are In A New Silent Film

Gutterdämmerung seems to be a portmanteau of the English “gutter” and the German “götterdämmerung” (or just an Anglicization of the word), which means roughly means “a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder.” The word is a German translation of the Old Norse ” Ragnarök” a prophetic concept in Norse mythology which foretells a large and all-consuming battle between deities which would to extravagent chaos and disarray, as dramatized in Richard Wagner’s opera series, also entitled “Götterdämmerung.” Enough background.

Importantly, there is a spooky awesome independent film in the works from the Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose, entitled “Gutterdämmerung.” A tribute to 1920’s Hollywood (the era’s horror genre to be specific), the tagline is the “loudest silent movie on Earth.” This may not be a complete exaggeration. The film will be “silent”, if you exclude the dark, heavy soundtrack that will be accommodate the film at all points. Instead of the ragtime piano or organs prevalent in old-timey film, the website says the soundtrack is performed by  “a live rock band of rock express the emotions and action whilst special effects from the film explode to life all around the audience.” Though exact artistic details of the soundtrack have not been released, several figures from alternative rock, metal and punk are starring in the film – which may give some hints to what the soundtrack will sound like. So far, the film’s cast has been announced as Queens of the Stone Age’s frontman Josh Homme (listed as Joshua Homme), Motorhead’s Lemmy, solo artist and ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegen, famed Black Flag singer and inspiration speaker/comedian combo Henry Rollins, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, Slayer’s Tom Araya, solo artist Grace Jones and the one and only Iggy Pop.

The website is hosting a contest for tickets and merchandise to guess the two remaining co-stars. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2016. The film’s Facebook page lists the project as a “concert tour”…perhaps all the collaborating musicians will go on tour together to promote the project? We’ll have to see.

Watch a promotional trailer for the film below:


Queens of the Stone Age Joined By Alex Turner & Anthony Bourdain For First 2015 Show

Queens of the Stone Age returned to the stage for their first live performance of 2015 last night at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. The band’s setlist showcased material from throughout the band’s career, with no new material being performed. Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, and Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain attended the concert, while Bill Burr opened. You can view the setlist, photos, and videos below!

Queens of the Stone Age Setlist:

My God Is the Sun
Smooth Sailing
Burn the Witch
I Sat by the Ocean
Into the Hollow
Regular John
3’s & 7’s
Go With the Flow
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
If I Had a Tail
In My Head
Little Sister
Fairweather Friends
Sick, Sick, Sick
I Think I Lost My Headache
No One Knows


A Song for the Dead

Note: “The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret” was printed on the QOTSA setlist between “I Think I Lost My Headache” and “No One Knows” but wasn’t played. Secret show

Ran into one of my idols. #alexturner #arcticmonkeys #idol #lifeiscomplete #qotsa #queensofthestoneage #rock

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#littlesister #qotsa #secretshow #downtown #dlta #teragram #teragramballroom #billburr

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#inmyhead #qotsa #secretshow #downtown #dlta #teragram #teragramballroom #billburr

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Bill Burr! #notracist #lolz

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#qotsa warm up

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Saw Queens of the Stone Age in a tiny club. #qotsa #queensofthestoneage

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#queensofthestoneage #qotsa

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Hi. #QOTSA #joshhomme

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Queens of the Stone Age ripped Teragram Ballroom tonight. Incredible. #qotsa #teragramballroom

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Queens of the Stone Age Announce First 2015 Concert

Queens of the Stone Age will perform at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles tomorrow, Josh Homme has announced on the Alligator Hour. Bill Burr will open. Homme encouraged fans to buy tickets, “I suggest you get yourself a ticket and bring your backside to the show, so you can shake it just a little bit more.” It will be the band’s first concert since Halloween 2014. QOTSA are also set to perform at Rock in Rio later this month.

Queens of the Stone Age reunited with Nick Oliveri for a 6 song encore set at their show in Los Angeles at the Forum last October. The show wrapped up Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork too, which launched in 2013 and was the most successful tour of the band’s career.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled (W/ Jake Shears)
Feel Good Hit of the Summer
The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
My God Is the Sun
Smooth Sailing
If I Had a Tail
Little Sister
Someone’s in the Wolf
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
I Sat by the Ocean
Make It Wit Chu
Regular John
No One Knows
Go With the Flow

You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire (W/ Nick Oliveri)
Six Shooter (W/ Nick Oliveri, first time since 2004)
Auto Pilot (W/ Nick Oliveri, first time since 2005)
Another Love Song (W/ Nick Oliveri, first time since 2004)
Gonna Leave You (W/ Nick Oliveri, first time since 2004)
A Song for the Dead

Since the tour wrapped up, Homme has worked with Eagles of Death Metal, with a new album titled Zipper Down set for release on October 2nd.

The ‘Zipper Down’ tracklist is as follows. See its NSFW artwork above.

‘Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)’
‘Got a Woman’
‘I Love You All The Time’
‘Oh Girl’
‘Got the Power’
‘Skin Tight Boogie’
‘Got a Woman (Slight Return)’
‘The Deuce’
‘Save a Prayer’ (Duran Duran cover)
‘The Reverend’

Eagles Of Death Metal will play:

Leeds Beckett University (October 31)
Norwich UEA (November 1)
Bristol O2 Academy (2)
Southampton Engine Rooms (4)
London Forum (5)
Birmingham Institute (6)
Manchester Ritz (7)
Newcastle O2 Academy (9)
Glasgow O2 Academy (11)

Listen: Josh Homme’s Electronic Remix Of Mark Lanegan’s “Sad Lover”

Last month, Mark Lanegan Band released their vinyl-only limited release EP No Bells on Sunday via Flooded Soil/Vagrant Records. The EP, which consisted of songs that didn’t make it onto Lanegan’s upcoming LP Phantom Radio, was led by his latest single “Sad Lover.”

The rockish, Screaming Trees-esque lead single has been remixed by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, a friend and frequent collaborator with Lanegan. Homme’s remix, which premiered on Rolling Stone, is electronic and industrial. Lanegan says of the remix: “Josh Homme channeled the ghost of Eighties New Wave for this mix.”

The release date of Lanegan’s upcoming album Phantom Radio has been pushed back to October 21, so in the meantime, listen to Josh Homme’s new wave remix of “Sad Lover”:

Friday Night Noise: Wellwater Conspiracy’s “Teen Lambchop”

What do you get when you cross the precise drumming of Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) and the fuzz-filled guitar playing of John McBain (Monster Magnet, Hater) with the distinct voice of Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age)? You get one of the best pieces of psychedelic rock in the past 20 years. “Teen Lambchop” appeared on Wellwater Conspiracy’s 1999 album “Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives,”  that featured Josh Homme on several other tracks as well.

Listen to “Teen Lambchop” Below:

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Josh Homme recently discussed his relationship with longtime friend and ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. In an interview with MTV, Homme revealed that “[he and Nick] have been friends since a couple weeks after everything went down,” referring to Oliveri’s dismissal from Queens of the Stone Age in 2004.

Homme told MTV that recording backup vocals with Oliveri for the band’s new album …Like Clockwork was casual and easy, and that “it’s nice to know someone since you were a little kid, and still know them.”

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