Josh Homme of the Queens Of The Stone Age recently spoke about his 2016 collaborative album with Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression, likening it to a life-long dream.
“For years I’d said, ‘Oh man, if I worked with Iggy, I’d do this’, but of course, that changed,” Homme told NME in an interview. “I’m really glad we worked together in that moment, at that time, because he was 69 years old and he had something to say. Maybe I will actually be 69 one day and maybe I could have something to say too.”
The 2016 album Post Pop Depression featured Pop on vocal duties, Homme on guitar, QOTSA bandmate Dean Fertita on bass, and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders on drums. The project spawned the lead single Gardenia and became Pop’s first US top 20 album, debuting at No. 17. It also earned him his first Grammy nomination.
Homme also described working with the Godfather of Punk as an experience of sheer catharsis. “That’s the moment when every trick you’ve saved and everything you’ve ever held back, that’s the exact moment to release all those things,” he told NME.
“Sometimes you find yourself holding back for a reason you don’t understand and find yourself never letting go. So I told Iggy, ‘I’m not holding anything back, I’m not saving anything, this is that moment’,” he added.
Since then, both Pop and Homme have both been busy with their own projects. The punk rocker’s Free album was released in September this year, while Homme released his latest Desert Sessions, Vol. 11/12 just two weeks ago.
In other related news, Homme and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently teased the likelihood of a Them Crooked Vultures reunion. The supergroup, also featuring Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, went on an unofficial hiatus in 2010 and haven’t played together since.
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