Queen Zeppelins of the Foo Age?

1 Jul

Firstly, let me apologise for that god awful title.

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones are making music together. Josh’s wife Brody (now of Spinnerette and formerly Distillers fame) has said it’s sounding amazing and why wouldn’t it?

Back in 2005, Mojo magazine did an interview with Grohl, who dropped the news as casually as mentioning the weather: “The next project that I’m trying to initiate involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.”

We didn’t hear much more about the project after that until this past April, when French journalist Cyril Deluermoz reported that Grohl and Homme were recording together, which was shortly followed by an interview with John Paul Jones, who said the following: “I’m working on some other music, which is more rock based, with a couple of other people. We hope to be everywhere this summer.” When pressed for more information, the legendary bassist clammed up. “It’s a secret, actually,” he said. “I shouldn’t have even said that, you know? There are some exciting projects coming up, let’s put it that way.”

We have seen this before in disguise – Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Songs For The Deaf’ (one of my favourite records of all time) of course features Grohl on drums and John Paul Jones played a couple of tracks on the Foo Fighters’ ‘In Your Honor’ in 2005. Although, that was somewhat understated given the man’s talents. So for all three to be working together, well, it excites me a great deal.

Josh Homme has always said that working with others is a great thing because it makes him create better music – which I guess explains the revolving door policy that QOTSA tend to impose. It’s not a bad thing though in my opinion because it means that their music never gets stale and Josh always has fresh ideas with each record he makes. Whether or not the new Arctic Monkeys album ‘Humbug’ is a hit or not, I’m sure the Sheffield scamps will have influenced him in some shape or form. Maybe he’ll start changing the names of his tunes to “Feel Good Hit of tut summer” or “Go Wi tut Flow”… who knows?

Dave Grohl said at the end of the Foo Fighters world tour last year that the band were taking a long break. Maybe this is his break. He wants to go and make something completely different without having the pressure of attaching the Foo Fighters name to it. Much like Green Day did before their rather disappointing new album. I personally prefered the Foxboro Hot Tubs album to every Green Day album since Nimrod.

I have no idea when the material will see the light of day but I am very intrigued and excited by it! Will it be a low key release that you’ll have to search and search for on Rapidshare, a download only single, limited edition vinyl or the standard album with 18 month world tour – who knows?

Something for us all to look forward to!


One Response to “Queen Zeppelins of the Foo Age?”


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