Dave Grohl: QOTSA Are ‘The Baddest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World’

The Foo Fighters frontman has some high praise for the band he's returning to after a decade.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


Let it never be said that Dave Grohl doesn't know how to give a man some serious rock goosebumps. Rejoining Queens of the Stone Age a full decade after the incredible smash album Songs For The Deaf concreted Queens as the baddest rock n' roll band in the world, Dave has high expectations of himself and his bandmates this time around – and he couldn't be more excited.

Grohl is replacing departing drummer Joey Castillo on drums for the new record, which in addition to Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor features a rather mindblowing assortment of tricks and surprises. In an interview last week with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, the Foo Fighters frontman explained the unique air that exists in the Queens world.

"When you walk into a festival backstage with Queens of the Stone Age, it's like, the record stops," Grohl told Lowe in the interview, which starts around the 22:40 mark of the November 21 show. "People stop and they stare, and it's like, Queens of the Stone Age are, without question, the baddest rock n' roll band in the world."

QOTSA frontman Joshua Homme is known for his affinity for (and mastery of) broken-robot stagger-jam psychedelia, and Grohl – who also worked the kit with Homme on the incredible Them Crooked Vultures project – indicates much more of the same with Queens' sixth album, which we'll see in early 2013. "With Queens of the Stone Age, like, there were no boundaries with that band, there were no limits with them," he said of Songs For The Deaf. "It was like, if you did something insane, do it more. And honestly, the new Queens of the Stone Age record, I'm playing drums on that, and I'll do something so completely ridiculous, I'll just, like, 'There's no way that Josh is going to let me do that,' and he'll say, 'Do that for 45 seconds, over and over again, that's become, like, the part of the song, now that is a big part of the song,' and that's the way they work."

"When Songs for the Deaf, when that came out, it blew people's minds, man, for real." The former Nirvana kitman gushed to Lowe. One thing's for sure – we can be certain that Homme, Grohl, Reznor & Co. are cooking up another batch of the good shit out in the desert. Next year is going to be utterly insane.


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