Homme drops by Tool shop
21 August, 2005
Adam Jones (Tool guitarist) has posted up photos of the Tool recording sessions of late during which a number of visitors have dropped by including Homme.
More photos on Adam's blog.
Cheers to: James (rimb).
Studio Brussell Acoustic Session
21 August, 2005
Whilst on a visit in July to play the Werchter festival, Troy and Josh played a two song acoustic set at Belgium radio station Studio Brussell consisting of 'The Long Slow Goodbye' and a 'jazzy' version of 'No One Knows'. The tracks are streamable from the station's website (click on the link titled 'Luister').
Cheers to: Die-hard Pete from Belgium.
Queens to guest programme Rage
19 August, 2005
Australian music tv programme Rage will air a selection of videos chosen by the band themselves. This time, it looks like it'll be Troy, Josh and Joey - awesome! Josh and Nick last programmed in 2003 (check out the links below) and it went down a treat so make sure you tape this one.
The show is due to air at 12:10 am AEST this coming Sunday morning (Aug 21) on ABC. The playlist is now available.
2003 snippets | 2003 playlist
Meniscus, I thought that was the curvy bit between fluid and the edge of a glass?
18 August, 2005
Apparently it's also the bit of cartilage that cushions your bones at joints. Don't tell me we don't educate you here at the fade.
So why should you care? Because your beloved Mr Homme has had knee surgery after tearing it on stage in Australia. Apparently a common sports injury but requires minimal strain on the legs including avoiding standing on uneven surfaces, the band have decided to troop on, declining to cancel their UK shows.
A spokesperson for the band has stated "The tour will continue because of the band's refusal to separate themselves from their Mistress of London. Queens Of The Stone Age are doing this tour for the fans of the UK that have already endured five cancellations."
Darn tootin'! Here are the UK dates:
Aug 22 Brixton Academy, London
Aug 23 Koko, London
Homme-age to the Pixies
16 August, 2005
On August 1st, BBC's Radio 1 broadcast the first Pixies UK interview in 13 years with supporting bits and bobs including an interview with Homme about why he digs the Pixies so much.
Homme's Favourite Collaborations
15 August, 2005
Josh Homme picked his favourite tunes from people that he has collaborated with, recently broadcast on Australian radio Triple J show Mel in the Morning. The list:
- Mark Lanegan - 100 days
- PJ Harvey - The Horse Hustle
- ZZ Top - Brown Sugar
- Foo Fighters - Exhausted
- Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month
- Ween - Captain
Stream the show.
Homme working on Death From Above 1979 Material
August 5, 2005
"Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has been spending his time remixing Death From Above 1979's material as of late. A remix of 'Black History Month' is already circulating, while a remix of 'Romantic Rights' is expected to surface shortly."
Joey Castillo: 'Hey kid, you're good'
July 27, 2005
Nick Hodgson of the Kaiser Chiefs has expressed admiration over Joey's drumming style:
"KAISER CHIEFS star NICK HODGSON is terrified of performing at festivals over fears other bands will criticise his drumming skills.
The I PREDICT A RIOT hitmaker played at Ireland's Oxegen Festival earlier this month (09JUL05) and stepped up his pounding power when he realised QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's sticksman could be watching in the wings.
He says, "I always hit them as hard as I can and then sometimes when you're playing and you know that Queens of the Stone Age are on the bill and their drummer, who I won't even know the name of is watching."
"He's one of the best and he hits his drums so hard, and I wanted to hit my drums really hard so that if he saw me, he'd go to me afterwards, 'Hey kid, you're good.'" "
Famous Last Words
July 7, 2005
Just when we thought there could not be more said on the subject, Josh decides to let out a bombshell, confessing his real reason for releasing Nick from Queens.
In an interview on Radio 1 with Zane Lowe (displaying the fine journalistic technique of covering-his-arse), Homme hesitated for much of the interview choosing his words careful before finally stating that he had fired Nick after finding he had physically his (Nick's) girlfriend.
" A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumor I heard, I said, 'If I ever find out that this is true, I can't know you, man.' ... Because music and my life are the same thing, there's no rules until something massive happens. [Nick] was over here [England] with Lanegan and something happened again, and he almost didn't make it out of the country. And that's something where you just, sometimes you're last act as a friend is just to say 'Goodbye'. Because that's not music anymore. It has nothing to do with music. It's this inexplicable part where music peals off from life. And it's just life, and it's just the crap side of life sitting there."
Homme also gave his reasons for why he had withheld the real background to his decision, being that he'd hoped Nick would be able to have time and privacy to deal with his problems and to keep their friendship in tact:
"I've never really come out and just said 'Hey, this is why I fired Nick'. And it's made it hard to keep that secret, cause on one hand I want to protect my friend from himself, and give him a chance to get him some, I dunno...And now he's playing in the Dwarves I guess."
"when you're taking rocks for not saying something and some of the rocks come from the person themselves, you start to wonder why you're even keeping yout mouth shut. For me this is a particularly weird time because I ...I don't see why I'm protecting anyone but myself and my family you know, or why I shouldn't just protect myself and my family and just let everyone else take responsibility for their own actions."
"You know what, it's not about clearing myself, it's about everybody taking responsibility for their own things."
The two have stopped communicating. "We don't talk any more," he told the Melbourne Age recently. "There was a moment where there was an attempt, but that didn't last. I was trying."
Soon after the interview, Homme released a statement on the QOTSA site:
"To set the record straight: Zane lowe did not push, coerce or manipulate me into speaking the truth about my reasons for firing Nick Oliveri ... When the truth came to light for me, I thought that the immediate firing of Nick would be explanation enough. I was nieve [sic]. Now my only hope is that the revealing of this situation does not inflict pain the way internalizing it has, for all involved. Conspiracy & adjectives be damned. I will never speak of this again."
Full interview transcript
Radio1 Interview Stream
the Age interview