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Reuniting With Queens of the Stone Age Bassist 'Was Easy,' Josh Homme Says

Working with Nick Oliveri was easiest part of recording new LP

April 11, 2013 11:35 AM ET
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs in Melbourne, Australia.
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs in Melbourne, Australia.
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Reuniting with original bassist Nick Oliveri was one of the easiest things about making Queens of the Stone Age's new album, . . . Like Clockworkleader Josh Homme told MTV.

"Nick and I have been friends since a couple weeks after everything went down," Homme said, referring to the bassist's firing from the band in 2004. "People don't know that, and it would be awkward for me to run around making sure everyone knew it."

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Homme continued, "Nick recorded his new record at my studio, and then he was going to drop off some records and he said 'Hey, need anyone to sing backup?' And I was like 'Actually, yeah, come on in.' It's that causal, and that's a nice thing. It was easy. It's nice to know someone since you were a little kid, and still know them."

Working with his childhood friend was one of the smoothest things about the tumultuous process of recording . . . Like Clockwork, the band's first LP in six years, Homme said. "We'd have these great victories and then something would go south for a bit, and we'd go, 'It's like clockwork!' I think a sick sense of humor is what's always been our preservation mechanism, so this time, we're using that sick sense of humor for a title."

. . . Like Clockwork is due out June 4th, and now you can check out the official version of album cut "My God Is the Sun," which the band first performed live at Lollapalooza Brazil last month. Along with Oliveri, the new album also includes collaborations with Elton JohnDave GrohlTrent Reznor, and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears.

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