Elton John is the latest big name guest confirmed to appear on the new Queens Of The Stone Age album.
The unlikely collaboration was revealed by Dave Grohl, who is also drumming on the forthcoming album, when he interviewed Sir Elton as part of his week covering chat show host Chelsea Lately on her late night talk show in America last night (February 6). During the interview, Grohl told the audience that “Recently, Elton and I recorded something together. Something that people wouldn’t imagine the two of us doing together,” before Elton revealed that it was a new song for the upcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album.
Revealing details of the recording session, Elton added: “I was in Vegas and I flew back to LA and Engelbert Humperdinck had written me a very sweet letter and asked me to sing a duet with him. He is part of my history and I couldn’t say no so I went and recorded a song with him. Then I drove three blocks and went from Engelbert to Queens Of The Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindfuck.”
Grohl, interjecting, said: “I remember you (Elton) walking in and him being, like, (lethargically) ‘Have you got a ballad for me?’ and we were just like, ‘no, we do not have a ballad for you.'” Talking specifically about recording the song, Elton added: “After three hours we got it and he (Grohl) drummed on every take and every take was amazing. He’s built like a brick shithouse when he drums.”
Other guests confirmed to appear on the band’s new album include Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. The band will be playing a number of festivals this summer, including Benicàssim in Spain, and Download in the UK.