Queens Of The Stone Age is making progress towards a new album -- its first since 2013's ...Like Clockwork -- which should be out this year, along with a tour.
This word comes from Troy Sanders of Mastodon, who plays with QOTSA's Troy Van Leeuwen in the all-star group Gone Is Gone; Sanders tells Rolling Stone that the Gone Is Gone members' bands "all have new records coming out this year."
QOTSA's Dean Fertita, meanwhile, tells us that the group is indeed plowing ahead with what will be its sixth album:
"It's early. We're just writing, writing, writing, writing...We haven't given ourselves a definite timetable but we'd like to do it sooner than later, so hopefully the next six months or so we'll be in good shape...It's already been a couple years, three years since the last release, but we just had that conversation the other day that we don't want to rush it. We want to have something we all love before we have to go play the songs for two years."
Last year Fertita and QOTSA leader Josh Homme worked with Iggy Pop on his Post Pop Depression album and subsequent tour.
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.