Queens of the Stone Age Land Elton John for Guest Spot on Upcoming Album
The piano man revealed his guest turn on ‘Chelsea Lately,’ which is being hosted this week by Queens of the Stone Age’s studio drummer Dave Grohl. The Foo Fighters frontman teased, “Recently Elton and I recorded something together, something that people wouldn’t imagine the two of us doing together,” setting up John to reveal his participation.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer revealed the bizarre consequences surrounding his recording session, explaining, “I was in Vegas and I can back to L.A. and Engelbert Humperdink had written me this very sweet letter and asked me to do a duet with him and I couldn’t say no. He’s 76 and still got a great voice and he’d been part of my history, so I said, ‘Of course.’ So I went there and sang the duet with him and then I drove three blocks in the Valley and went from Engelbert to Queens of the Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindf—.”
John says it may seem like an unlikely pairing, but it’s not weird at all to him. He pointed out that he played on Alice in Chains‘ last album and admitted that he rarely gets approached for rock guest spots because people think he’ll just say no.
Speaking about the session, Elton recalled, “It was really a great track and you know I’m a piano player and guitar bands play differently …. And I think it was in B, which is a pianist’s nightmare, and we played for three hours, and [Grohl] played on every take and every take was amazing. He’s just built like a brick s— house when he plays the drums, you know, and it was fantastic.”
In addition to John, the Queens of the Stone Age album has reportedly included guest contributions from Trent Reznor, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan and the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, as well as Grohl’s drumming on the full disc.
Watch Dave Grohl Interview Elton John on ‘Chelsea Lately’