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Queens Ready "Songs for the Deaf"

Band's third album due next spring

November 29, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Queens of the Stone Age will release their third album, Songs for the Deaf, next spring. The album is the follow-up to the group's major-label breakthrough, 2000's Rated R.

The band has been in Los Angeles and San Francisco studios recording the album with producer Eric Valentine (Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth). Initially, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl planned to drum on three tracks, but their collaborations proved so successful that Grohl ended up drumming on the majority of Songs.

Other guests include Ween's Dean Ween, who recorded three songs ("Six Shooter," "I'm Gonna Leave" and "Mosquito Song") with the band, in addition to former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan and Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork.

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