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.

Elton John to QOTSA: 'The Only Thing Missing From Your Band is an Actual Queen'
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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.

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    refizzled
    I hate reading these articles. It makes waiting for the album so much harder. How are we supposed to contain this excitement? We're only human.
    Korzack
    That queen line + the response was just brilliant! So looking forward to this now
    jamie_hough
    What is Josh doing in this interview - sounds like hes running around doing other things at the same time. A truly talented man.
    tylersugarcarlo
    judging from some of the recent live shit and interviews, he seems like he's on his way to a nervous breakdown.
    justin.mitchell
    I'm glad UG is doing all these articles to hype the new QOTSA album. I'd rather a real band like them get recognition than some flavor-of-the-month hipster act.
    GloofiE
    "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." I love this quote. It completely explains why I look forward to their work.
    Logan_B
    Elton John wanted to be the "Queen", he knows the role fits his style