Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is an opinionated guy. He can be charming and intelligent when talking about his idol Iggy Pop or his relationship with his late friend Anthony Bourdain, but he can also just as quickly turn around and start acting like a dick towards fans and photographers alike.
When it comes to his fellow musicians, though, Homme is usually full of praise. He has gushed about The White Stripes before, and back in 2007 when the band was still a present-tense entity, Homme explained his relationship with the Whites to Launch Radio Networks.
“I’ve met Jack (White) a few times, but I think I’ve spent more time doing drunk karaoke with Meg (White),” Homme recalls. “She lives in L.A. too. We haven’t done a duet yet, but I sing Roy Orbison’s ‘In Dreams’ and a lot of Britney Spears.”
However, when it came to sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones, which Homme and Queens did back in 2006 as their opening act, Homme had some choice words for their way of producing music.
“We played with them and I totally enjoyed it,” Homme said. “It was great to see. But they only put out albums to remind people they’re going on tour. For me it’s about creative output. They only go on tour so people can hear their older songs. If I understood that was happening to us, I wouldn’t hesitate to take a long break.”
Little did Homme know at the time that the Stones’ most recent album up to that point, 2005’s A Bigger Bang, would be their final LP for half a decade and remains as their last album of original material today. Meanwhile, the band have embarked on a number of tours without the aid of a studio album to help promote them.
Almost two decades of time passed surely also puts an additional perspective on Homme’s view of the live tour-album cycle. He has to know that there are plenty of people who just want to hear him play ‘No One Knows’ and ‘3’s & 7’s’ and don’t quite care about whatever new material gets trotted out. Maybe Homme realised this and decided to take that long break: Queens hasn’t put out a new album since 2017’s Villains.
Anyway, here are the Stones playing all of their old songs that everyone loves at Glastonbury in 2017. Your move, Joshua.