Writer Joel McIver recently interviewed QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE/EAGLES OF DEATH METAL's Josh Homme for Music Mart magazine's June issue. Excerpts from the chat follow:

On the frequent offers from concert promoters to reform his previous band, KYUSS:

"The offers come in all the time. They're getting more and more expensive, and more and more elaborate. The money is crazy, but I've never been tempted – I don't really care about the money, I never have. That's not what KYUSS was about, so to punctuate the end of our sentence with that would be blasphemy. KYUSS fans are so fuckin' rad, they're fuckin' badass — but to me, reunions are just not necessary. It's not what it was, it's what it is, and KYUSS was a really magical thing — and if you weren't there, well, you weren't. That's just the luck of the draw. I don't feel the urge to do it for somebody who didn't have the opportunity to see us, or just didn't take the opportunity to see us. I'll let other bands alter their great legacies. KYUSS has such a great history that it would be a total error. I like that nobody saw KYUSS, and that it was largely misunderstood. That sounds like a legend forming to me. I'm too proud of it to rub my dick on it."

On the difficulty of touring away from his baby daughter and wife Brody Dalle (SPINNERETTE, ex-THE DISTILLERS):

"It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm struggling by day three. There's no way round it. I was a child before, and now I'm a man, because I'm out here for my family. My first priority is making sure that everything is OK. You gotta bleed to prevent a cut somewhere else. But I've been doing that for years, so I'm trained for that. I'm trained to swallow the shit pill."

On the future of his ongoing musical side project, DESERT SESSIONS:

"The Desert Sessions are gonna go on forever. There's no reason to stop them. No, it wasn't me that said there would be only 12 volumes — I'm gonna do 112! It's just a mix tape — the longest-running mix tape in existence. It's awesome: doing them is just a matter of making the time frame come together. I was really wanting to do one before the new album ['Era Vulgaris'] came out, but we didn't put a time frame on it and it consumed what would have been that time. I didn't want it to take away from what we were doing."

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