Bespectacled tantrum-throwing piano-rock royalty isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Queens Of The Stone Age.
But the Californian quintet appear determined to prove they’re not just your average ‘stuck in their ways’ rock band by recruiting another unlikely suspect, Sir Elton John, for their upcoming sixth studio album.
The 65-year-old, who last year made a bid for the dancefloors of Ibiza with Pnau remix album, ‘Good Morning To The Night,’ will now make a belated crossover to the stoner rock market after confirming he has recorded a track with Josh Homme and co.
Speaking to Dave Grohl, who was stepping in for Chelsea Handler on E! talk show Chelsea Lately, he revealed how the collaboration came about:
“I was in Vegas and I came to LA. Engelbert had written this very sweet letter and asked to duet with him, and I couldn’t say no because he’s 76 and he’s got a great voice and he’s part of my history.
“So I went there and sang the duet with him, and I drove three blocks and went from Engelbert to Queens of the Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindf**k.”
The Foo Fighters frontman, who is also guesting as drummer on the follow-up to 2007’s ‘Era Vulgaris,’ then added:
“I remember when you walked in you were like, ‘Oh, will you have a ballad for me? And we’re like, ‘No, we don’t have a ballad for you.”
John will join Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and alt-rock singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan on the eclectic list of artists appearing on the LP, which is due out later this year.