Che Josh Homme fosse impegnato in studio lo si sapeva da tempo. All’orizzonte un nuovo capitolo delle leggendarie Desert Sessions (forse) e a quanto sembra anche un nuovo capitolo della storia QOTSA sempre prodotto da Mark Ronson. Una conferma arriva da Billy Gibbons che durante un’intervista ha raccontato che: “Just one month ago I was making a record with Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl was also taking part and he decided to have a big barbecue. So there was this interesting gathering. So, we spent one hour telling stories, great stories remembering these lovely guys”. Dunque Desert Sessions o QOTSA? Gibbons aggiunge che si tratta dei Queens of the Stone Age: “I was talking with Josh just yesterday, and I was very excited. We had gone to the desert to work on just a couple of tracks, and I was outside, and Josh came out of the studio, and he had this box, and it was making some strange noise, and I said, ‘hey, what is that’, and he goes; ‘I dont know, I just found it’; I said; ‘Don’t touch a thing; were going to use it for the song!’ So that’s how it started. The work is completed. I think that he said he wants to put it out Halloween. It’ll be good”. Due mesi dopo (siamo ad agosto) Dave Grohl puntualizza al NME: “You know, I never fucking mentioned that I’m on the new Queens record. I’m not on the new Queens record… You know what Josh and I have been doing together? Riding motorcycles and eating waffles. That’s it. Let me tell you, it’s a fun morning. We’ve done it more than a few times and it’s pretty fucking great”.
UPDATE > Come volevasi dimostrare i nuovi volumi 11 (‘Arrivederci Despair’) e 12 (‘Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels’) delle Desert Sessions (otto brani in totale) saranno pubblicati il 25 ottobre via Matador Records. Le sessioni sono state registrate lo scorso anno al Joshua Tree Ranch e vedono come ospiti:Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Libby Grace, Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), Töôrnst Hülpft, Matt Berry, Les Claypool (Primus), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White), Matt Sweeney (Chavez) e David Catching.