Brian D. Holland of recently conducted an interview with MASTERS OF REALITY mainman and acclaimed producer Chris Goss. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: I had read somewhere that you were sick for a while and were in intensive care, some kind of internal infection or something.

Chris Goss: "Yeah. A year ago I had hernia surgery that went awry. A staff infection had set in while I was in the hospital. I ended up ill for about eight months because of it. It was pretty bad. But it's done now and I feel better. I had three or four surgical procedures over it. They couldn't find the source of the infection. I was on the strongest antibiotics imaginable for months and months. They still couldn't nab it. They went in and did two surgeries to find the source of the infection. My mantra was to get to Spain. I kept saying that I had to get to Spain. I knew if I made it to that show I'd be okay. Rock 'n' roll saved the day again." You're always producing when time permits.

Chris Goss: "Yeah. It takes up a lot of time, that's for sure. Right now I'm finishing up the UNKLE record. The best news for me is that Josh Homme has asked me to record the next QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE record with him. I mean, to be able to tear shit up again with my best friend, that's what making music is all about, isn't it?" That's excellent. I understand your relationship with Josh Homme goes back to the KYUSS days.

Chris Goss: "Yeah. I produced three KYUSS records. I've been working with Josh for fifteen years now." What's happening with rock guitar these days, Chris?

Chris Goss: "I hear people cleaning up their sound quite a bit at the moment. I'd say we're about 1966 again, cyclically. It's an era where anything goes, where people are looking for new stuff. While some guitarists are using cleaner sounds, others are into complete over the top distortion. So, it's the kind of era where anything could work. You have THE WHITE STRIPES or THE HIVES, or something that sounds very primal and garage-like, and at the same time it's brilliant with simplicity. Then you have this new style prog, like DEERHOOF, popping up. It's everywhere; it's all over the board. And it's as it should be. That's where the world is, too, I guess."

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