With its recent performance at the Rock In Rio festival, Queens of the Stone Age has effectively closed the campaign for 2013's ...Like Clockwork, the first No. 1 album in the group's 18-year history.
So what's next on the band's agenda? We asked keyboardist-guitarist Dean Fertita, who told us that
"The plan is to write and record next year...It's kind of a similar scenario where we did have some stuff left over from the last session and there's some new ideas starting to come in, too...What's really cool about it is there's not a preconceived idea of what it has to be; you kinda just like the music dictate what it is. If we talk about it for a month we'd go in the first day in the studio, it would become completely different, so I think we all trust that's the way it's gonna go now. We're kind of on schedule to start working, writing and recording, next year, early next year."
The group members have been busy with a variety of other projects recently, too; frontman Josh Homme released a new album with the Eagles of Death Metal, while Fertita's other band, the Dead Weather, has released its third album, Dodge & Burn.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.