Queens Of The Stone Age ‘locked in’ to record a new album

Josh Homme reveals plans to return to the studio

Queens Of The Stone Age are readying to return to the studio, according to Josh Homme.

Homme told the podcast Let There Be Talk that the band will have the same line-up as their most recent album, 2013’s ‘…Like Clockwork’.

Homme said: “Yeah, a Queens return is up next on my schedule. Same line-up and we’re locked in. We’re having a meeting tomorrow about what we’re going to do.”

Assuming that the line-up does match that of the ‘…Like Clockwork’ era, it would see Homme joined by guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, keyboardist Dean Fertita, bassist Michael Shuman and drummer Jon Theodore, who joined in 2013 after Dave Grohl drummed on ‘…Like Clockwork’ following Joey Castillo’s departure from the band.

Former bassist Nick Oliveri briefly rejoined Queens Of The Stone Age on stage in 2014 to play ‘You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire’ at a gig in Oregon, the first time he’d played live with the band since he was fired in 2004. Oliveri sang on ‘If I Had A Tail’ on ‘…Like Clockwork’, but it appears Shuman will remain bassist on the new album.

On completion of the ‘…Like Clockwork’ tour, Shuman said QOTSA would be taking a break from touring, but the band played a surprise show in Los Angeles that September. Since the album, Homme has played on Eagles Of Death Metal’s album ‘Zipper Down’, while he and Fertita joined Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders on Iggy Pop’s recent album ‘Post Pop Depression’.