Elton John to QOTSA: 'The Only Thing Missing From Your Band is an Actual Queen'
Josh Homme talks about teaming up with Elton John on the new QOTSA release.
Posted on Apr 19, 2013 03:13 pm
After giving a preview of the latest Elton John collaboration off the forthcoming album "...Like Clockwork,"QOTSA frontman Josh Homme further discussed working with iconic musician, giving fans an insight of how the whole project came together.
In an interview on XFM radio, the singer/guitarist has revealed that it was Elton John who contacted QOTSA, ultimately ending up singing on the "Fairweather Friends" track.
"He was in a car listening to Them Crooked Vultures and his assistant said: you need to hear Queens. The guy driving the car was an old room-mate of mine! So all of a sudden I get a phone call at my house on a Sunday," says Homme. "I picked up and he said: [does the voice] 'Hello Josh, this is Elton'. I thought someone was messing with me.""He said, 'The only thing missing from your band is an actual queen!' I said, 'Honey, you have no idea.'""When he walked in, he said, 'Do you have a ballad for me or what?' I said, 'No.' We tracked lived for three hours, playing a rock and roll song. We just had a blast, he became part of our band. What really dawned on me what a music lover, what a workaholic he is. The session had gotten really dark. When he left, we were on cloud nine. We got fired into the abyss of doing something we really loved again."
As far as the record itself goes, the frontman has named "mystery and surprise" as his main goals.
"I love to surprise people, I love to musically hang em upside down by their ankles and wring em out like a wet towel, you know what I mean? That's my goal. Mystery and surprise. I want to do that to people, because I want people to do that to me."
"...Like Clockwork" is set to drop on June 4 via Matador Records. The record was already announced with a new single "My God is the Sun," which saw its concert premiere during this year's Lollapalooza Brazil festival.