UPDATE: (4/8): The band has confirmed June 4 for the release of Like Clockwork.
UPDATE (3/26): In a statement, the band confirmed the album title and month of release, with frontman Josh Homme describing it as "an audio documentary of a manic year." The band announced that they'll be embarking on an "extensive world tour," but have yet to release details.
The oh-my-gosh-wow guest lineup for the [tap wristwatch, shake head] six-years-in-the-making new album from Queens of the Stone Age, aka "the baddest rock n' roll band in the world," is complete. Which leaves two keys pieces in the puzzle: The title and release date, which Antiquiet is now reporting as ...Like Clockwork and sometime this June.
Even better: QOTSA's website is now playing snippets of each new LP track. Just refresh their page to hear a new track each time.
As previously noted, the album will feature guest collabos from Trent Reznor, Elton John and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears. And the missing members of the lineup for 2002's classic Songs for the Deaf—Dave Grohl, Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri—are returning. Grohl, who officially joined last November, is replacing Joey Castillo, who left the band.
The wild card, though, is Oliveri, who was sacked in 2004 for allegedly abusing his girlfriend, and then found himself in deep trouble in 2011 when he was arrested on felony domestic assault and charged with four felonies after holding his lady hostage during a five-hour standoff with a S.W.A.T. team in Hollywood. Inside, authorities recovered a loaded shotgun, cocaine and methamphetamines; Oliveri faced 15 years in prison but somehow avoided jail and was sentenced to three years probation (dude, what's your lawyer's number?).
...SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T FIX SO...
ON THIS RECORD WE CAME TO A REALIZATION: THE BEST TRICK OF ALL, IS NO TRICK AT ALL
THE SONGS ARE A REAL TIME DOCUMENT OF THE MANIC UPS AND DOWNS OF THE LAST YEAR. IT CAN'T ALWAYS RUN LIKE CLOCKWORK. SO RATHER THAN CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF THE RECORDINGS, WE DECIDED TO RIDE SHOTGUN ON OUR EMOTIONAL BANDWAGON. WE EMBRACED OUR EVIL, HELD THE HORRIBLE, LICKED THE LUNACY AND BLEW THE BEAUTIFUL. AS A RESULT, WE'RE ON CLOUD 9.
I CAN'T WRITE ANYMORE CAUSE MY PHONE'S DYING,
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE