Billy Gibbons has revealed that he is set to appear on the forthcoming album by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. The ZZ TOP founder, who made the revelation while speaking to Eonmusic at Hellfest in France, also disclosed that Dave Grohl has been working with the desert rock band.
The news came on the second day of the annual event, which took place this past weekend in Clisson, which saw ZZ TOP perform as part of its 50th-anniversary tour.
Speaking on what was the first anniversary of the passing of PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, Eonmusic asked Gibbons what his memories of the Abbott brothers — Vince and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell, who died in December 2004 — were. Saying that they were "lovely guys," Billy added: "Well, that's a good question. I just met the wife, Darrell's wife [Rita Haney]."
It was then that the Texan revealed that he had been working with Josh Homme and company, and that Grohl would be involved in a QUEENS album for the first time since performing on 2013's "...Like Clockwork". "Just one month ago I was making a record with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE," said Gibbons, "and Dave Grohl was also taking part and he decided to have a big barbecue. So there was this interesting gathering. So, we spent one hour telling stories, great stories remembering these lovely guys."
Asked to clarify if the work was for an actual QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE album, rather than one of Homme's collaborative "Desert Sessions" projects, Gibbons confirmed it was, stating: "I was talking with Josh just yesterday, and I was very excited."
As for when the material might see the light of day, Gibbons said: "He's completed it. I think that he said he wants to put it out Halloween. It'll be good."
Grohl played drums on five tracks on "...Like Clockwork" and contributed drums, percussion and backing vocals to 2002's "Songs For The Deaf".
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's seventh album, "Villains", was released in August 2017 via Matador Records.