Josh Homme Has Thought About Playing With Kyuss Again

It looks like Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) may be open to playing a Kyuss reunion show one day. He recently revealed that he has considered the idea during an interview with Kyuss World Radio.

Homme had the following to say when asked if he knew Kyuss’ “…And The Circus Leaves Town” was going to be their final album:

“One aspect that I always agreed with is that bands, especially at that time, I was adamant that bands shouldn’t go on too long. At the time, I really felt like you do your best work, and when you realize you’ve done your best work, that’s when you should explode the band — to preserve it is to destroy it; that you end [the band] at the absolute apex of your creativity as a group of people. And for me, personally, and I probably should have shared this, but in my gut, I was, like, ‘We’ll do one more record, and it’ll be everything we have.’

And so when I suggested that title, I think I knew that that was it, or I felt that it was coming to a close. It just felt very sort of Edgar Allan Poe, or it felt like ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, which is one of the [most] beautiful I’ve ever seen for a book. It’s just got this beautiful ominous darkness to it. And so ‘…And The Circus Leaves Town‘ just felt timeless, and it’s over, and you watch the exit on the horizon.”

He continued after being asked about a reunion:

“My philosophy has always been, never do a reunion, never do a sequel. It’s not what it was; it’s what it is. And that’s kind of how I’ve felt. A legacy that involves having been at the epicenter of a scene that got created, it’s so fragile; it’s like an ice sculpture. And I don’t wanna be a blow dryer on that thing. That being said, I was in full support of Kyuss Lives! and I would go to the shows and I told them as much, until what Brant [Bjork] and, unfortunately, what John [Garcia] tried to do. And that was terrible.”

He also talked about the trademark lawsuit that him and Scott Reeder filed against John Garcia and Brant Bjork, who were preforming as Kyuss Lives!:

“All you have to do is show each other respect and say, ‘Hey, we wanna do this, and we wanna talk about it.’ Once Scott Reeder told me they were wanting to put out an album, I said, ‘Let’s sit down and talk.’ So Scott and I went and talked to John and Brant. Sorry, it wasn’t Brant — it was just John, because the band as it is, Brant had quit, so he wasn’t part of that, what it was when it stopped, [which was] me and Scott and John.

So I said, ‘This is a discussion for me and you and John.’ So I went and talked. And I said, ‘We should find out a way for you guys to continue that’s respectful.’ You don’t trample on what the legacy is and that you kind of let everyone understand what’s going on moving forward.

And the name they chose was a little unfortunate, ’cause it’s actually literally saying Kyuss is alive again, which wasn’t my favorite thing, but I was, like, ‘Who cares?’ But unbeknownst to me and Scott during that meeting, they’d already applied for a trademark to steal the name away.

So I’m sitting there talking to these guys in good faith, and their managers, and they’d already applied, and you have, like, 20 days to object to the application. So the notion that I’m sitting there talking in good faith about how they could continue, and meanwhile, at that exact moment, in another room somewhere, they’re applying to take the trademark for the name Kyuss so we wouldn’t own it anymore, so John and Brant would own it.

And so John had felt like he was robbing himself for something, and that’s just not right — I don’t play that way. And it also meant that they couldn’t be trusted to be honest. ‘Cause I’m sitting in a room, and instead of telling you that, it’s like being stabbed in the back, essentially.

There was no choice but to actually take action, because you can’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s talk about this,’ because now you told me that I may say something to you with my right hand, but my left hand might be stabbing you in the back. It’s made it impossible to trust what was going on.

And Scott and I both were, like, ‘Jesus.’ And it was only three people — me and John and Scott. It was, like, ‘John, what are you doing? You are allowing you and Brant to take the name from you and me and Scott.’”

Homme also added:

“I suppose at the end of the day, they didn’t need a blessing [to play Kyuss music], but I was giving it to ’em. I want those guys to do well. And they were playing Kyuss music for a generation that had only heard of it and never heard it. I didn’t see the harm in that. But trying to usurp it and take it away was just like dirty pool.

The problem with all that stuff is that in a lawsuit or something like that, everyone loses; everyone looks bad. People that have loved Kyuss for so long go, ‘Fuck these guys.’ And that’s terrible. That’s why I say it’s so fragile. That’s why I say I’ve always wanted to err on the side of don’t finger bang the ice sculpture; it’s gonna break.

If you don’t touch it, it’s just classic. But you don’t punctuate the end of a band with a lawsuit. Those things are tragic, and they’re awful. And then they lost, because, of course, you lose when you do things like that. But that damage is awful.

But to be honest with you, and to answer your question, there have been times I thought it cannot end that way, and the only real way to end it correctly now would be to play. And because they sort of perverted the punctuation and they knocked the wing off this beautiful dragon that’s an ice sculpture, and the only way to put the motherfucking wing back on would be to [play again].

I have thought about this, especially in the last few years, to do something special, and even to make up for that mistake of Brant and, unfortunately, John, to make up for it. [I thought we should] play and give all the money away.

Like, play for the fans — cover your costs and make it five bucks. Figure out a way to be, like, this is how the punctuation will end the sentence of this band. Because it was never about money — it never was about money.

It never was about fame, and when it felt like that was the move they were making, I was so sad.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Rage Against The Machine & Queens Of The Stone Age Members Guest On New Run The Jewels Album

Run The Jewels have decided to release their new album “RTJ4” a couple days early. You can purchase the record HERE with proceeds set to go towards the Mass Defense Program. You can also stream it below. Notably, the effort features a number of guests including Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, who is featured on “Ju$t” with Pharrell Williams, and Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, who is featured on “Pulling The Pin” with Mavis Staples. Run The Jewels commented:

“Fuck it, why wait. The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love. With sincere love and gratitude, Jaime + Mike“

Watch New Videos For “If You Run” & “Move Together” From Josh Homme’s “Desert Sessions”

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme has shared new videos for “If You Run” and “Move Together” from volumes 11 and 12 of his “Desert Sessions” series. Italian filmmaker Gabriele Fabbro created the clip for “If You Run,“ while Zimbabwean filmmaker Jonathan Samukange created the clip for “Move Together.“

Fabbro said the following about the “If You Run“ video:

“I used to read a lot of news about murders, especially on European newspapers. I remember one in particular that happened in a cornfield. That article came to mind while hearing ‘If You Run.’ With this music video I want to touch themes such as ‘femicide’, ‘chase for justice’, ‘innocent curiosity vs violence’. But on top, I want to play with an existential fear. The fear of being powerless. Every tool in the video, from the shakiness of the handheld shots to the distorted sound of the radio, serves to exaggerate this fear.”

Samukange said the following about the “Move Together“ video:

“I wanted to create a seamless balance between computer graphics and reality. I want my audience to escape into a time capsule, following the tragic love story of Adam and Eve. This idea is completely nuts, but it is also grounded in reality with themes of love, togetherness, collaboration, betrayal, and even brainwashing.”

Watch New Video For Sharon Van Etten & Josh Homme’s Cover Of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?”

Sharon Van Etten and Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme have shared an official video for their cover of Nick Lowe‘s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?.” Van Etten commented:

“We wanted to share something personal and universal. A feeling of home, safety, insecurities, and love. That we are in this time together. All of us, doing what we can to be our best – even during hard times. Our home video for our version of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?” is out now. Xo”

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme Guests On Sharon Van Etten’s Cover Of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding”

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme is featured on Sharon Van Etten’s cover of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding.” You can check that out below:

Rage Against The Machine & Queens Of The Stone Age Members To Guest On New Run The Jewels Album

Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) are among the guests that will be featured on Run The Jewels’ new album “RTJ4.” That effort will be released on June 5 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

“RTJ4” Track Listing:

01. “Yankee And The Brave (Ep. 4)”
02. “Ooh La La” (feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier)
03. “Out Of Sight” (feat. 2 Chainz)
04. “Holy Calamafuck”
05. “Goonies Vs. E.T.”
06. “Walking In The Snow”
07. “Ju$t” (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha)
08. “Never Look Back”
09. “The Ground Below”
10. “Pulling The Pin” (feat. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme)
11. “A Few Words For The Firing Squad (Radiation)”

If you missed it, a video for “Ooh La La” can be found HERE. That clip featured a brief cameo from Zack de la Rocha.

On another note, Run The Jewels were also planning to hit the road with Rage Against The Machine this year, but the trek has since been postponed to 2021.

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme Shares New Video For “If You Run” From His “Desert Sessions”

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme has shared a new video for “If You Run” from his “Desert Sessions” series. This particular track features Libby Grace. Volume 11, “Arrivederci Despair,” and Volume 12, “Tightwads & Nitwids & Critics & Heels,“ of the “Desert Sessions” are available now. Director Rio Hackford commented:

“The video was inspired by Josh bringing an unknown Libby Grace into the Desert Sessions arena to show her haunting magic to the world. Homme, [Matt] Sweeney and I are some of the only people who have heard Libby’s music, so the idea of them introducing her to the players and recording process lit the fuse. The song lent itself perfectly to the lonesome desert landscape and the spell that the Rancho can cast on anyone that passes through its doors.”

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme Shares New Video For “Easier Said Than Done” From His “Desert Sessions”

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has shared a new video for “Easier Said Than Done” from his “Desert Sessions” series. Volume 11, “Arrivederci Despair,” and Volume 12, “Tightwads & Nitwids & Critics & Heels,“ of that series were released last October. In other news, Homme has also launched a “Bizarre Bazaar” on eBay to raise money for his Sweet Stuff Foundation charity.

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme: “I’m Always Ready To Be In Them Crooked Vultures Again”

During a new interview with Rolling Stone, Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) was asked about the status of Them Crooked Vultures, his project with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). He responded by saying he is “always ready” to be in the band again if they decide to return.

Homme said the following:

“The ironic thing is that we all want to do another Vultures record and I think everyone has certain roles they play in the Vultures, and in all honesty, I feel like part of Dave’s role — since he got it together the first time by saying, “Hey, do you wanna try this?” — I feel like that’s part of in his job description in Vultures.

I have my various things that I’m supposed to do I think, but that isn’t one of them. But I’m always ready to be in Them Crooked Vultures again. I don’t chase, you know?”

He also added:

“I think, ultimately, these things happen when they’re supposed to, and I don’t have much experience in forcing things to happen like that. When you’re playing music, people come together because they want to and not from a sense of need or desperation. I think that’s the best reason to come together.”

This news comes after Grohl previously seemed to suggest that a reunion is possible.