Why Josh Homme Can Save Rock Following Chris Cornell’s Death

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It’s been four long years since Queens of the Stone Age released the wonderfully melancholy …Like Clockwork. The album, which debuted at number one and snagged the group three Grammy nominations, was not only a landmark album for the band, but for rock music in general. In the years since its release, rock music has taken quite a few blows. From the untimely passing of legends Scott Weiland and Chris Cornell to the general lack of new, exciting bands, rock is in need of a savior right now.

A rock and alternative Justice League of sorts who can burst in and not only restore order, but allow the genre to return to its former glory. The genre of alternative music is bleeding. It is not prospering. And it’s heartbreaking. We need a band to take charge and lead the way. An uncompromising force of good intentions and better music. We need a saga. What’s the saga? With the recent news of an impending first single to the band’s long-awaited seventh album Villains, here is why Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age are exactly what rock music needs right now!

The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died

What happened to our beloved genre of music? Following the late 90’s-early-aughts days of detuned guitars, camo shorts and rap rocking delights, alternative music shifted from a “who’s who” of living legends to a nostalgia-tinged antique show. There just aren’t new bands in this genre. Well there are. But they aren’t the awe-inspiring anti-heroes of Seattle’s heyday.

Bands like Cage the Elephant, the Black Keys and the Artic Monkeys have produced good music. They have fought to add new life to a stagnant genre while bands like Green Day, Weezer and Foo Fighters continue to fight the good fight. And while all of these bands have produced decent-to-good material in the intervening years since …Like Clockwork, none have released an album of that magnitude.

The Long Slow Goodbye

Over the last decade, we saw reunions of a lot of former great alternative bands; Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins. But as quickly as some of these bands returned to their former mastery, the proverbial rug was pulled out from underneath. In the wake of Scott Weiland’s passing, Stone Temple Pilots have vowed to go on (even though Weiland had been replaced by Chester Bennington, prior to his death).

Late 2016 saw huge potential for the genre to be passed onto the next generation with the reunion of Temple of the Dog; alternative rock’s first super group. Critics, fans and musicians alike were over the moon with enthusiasm and excitement for this reunion. A truly magical reunion at the time now is a once in a lifetime reunion with the tragic passing of Chris Cornell.

At a time where there is such hurt and devastation, music could be the great healer. Music is the universal language and speaks to everyone and yet can mean something completely different to each person. Queens of the Stone Age could be the provider of that right now by delivering a monster album.

Go With The Flow

Queens of the Stone age have never been a band to follow trends. Instead, the band, and leader Josh Homme have always forged their own path. When 2002’s Songs For the Deaf catapulted the band into the mainstream, they chose to follow it with a dark, mysterious album, Lullabies To Paralyze rather than make a clone album.

It’s that mentality that raises the bar for their upcoming album. You know it won’t be the same. You don’t want it to be the same. But the not knowing drives the intrigue. Where will the go sonically? Lyrically? How many left turns can we anticipate? That is what’s missing from alternative music and why we need Queens of the Stone Age more than ever right now. And why we need this album now.

 

Feel Good Hit of the Summer

Through six albums, one thing is undeniable with Queens of the Stone Age; their music is fun. Maybe not fun in the sense of how say, playing basketball is fun, but there is an energy, a deep-rooted sophistication and mastery to the groups output. But it’s fun. It makes you move. Just see the band live and you know what this chaotic, magnificence is like first hand.

We need an uplifter. Something to feel good about. Something to bring fans of the genre and band together to celebrate. This could be not only the album we want, but the album we need. 2017 has been has been difficult for music fans and admittedly 2016 had a lot of bumps in the road as well. We need Queens of the Stone Age to make everything right in the world for us once again.

  • IrregularJohn

    There are two ways Josh could save rock music:
    1) Reunite with Kyuss – John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Scott Reeder. But there is 0% chance of that happening.
    2) Bring back Nick Olveri (on bass and lead vox) and Mark Lanegan (lead vox) to QOTSA, barricade themselves within a studio with John Theodore for a month and see what happens.

    In my opinion other than this saving rock by Josh and his bunch of hipster-looking hired guns is NOT gonna hapen.

    P.S.
    1) Queens of the Stone Age-Rated R-Songs For The Deaf.
    2) Lullabyes To Paralyze.
    3) Era Vulgaris.



    10) Snoozefest (ehhhm Like CLockwork).

    • Richard Harrold

      Preferably reunite the 2002 lineup complete with Dave Grohl. Foo Fighters is getting tired and Dave needs to do some drumming again. That and a new Them Crooked Vultures album would be welcome. Kyuss – would be wonderful, but the old petty grudges run too deep.

      • IrregularJohn

        I thought of 2002 line-up with Grohl but that is even a bigger stretch as Dave would never commit to QOTSA full-time because of all the dought he earns with FF. Forgot about TCV – good call, I agree.

    • Hwang Sunghyeop

      Hey If I had a chance to see New Nirvana show and albums, I would like to see him on Nirvana concert. He will did good job.

  • James Robert Woolley

    Great article! Thanks

  • Chris Ross

    I KNOW I saw this article somewhere else….I believe it was written by Homme’s fellow EODM bandmate Jesse Hughes. I just spent like 10 minutes looking for it but couldnt find it. Darn it! If in fact this is where you pulled it from, please give credit where credit is due. In the version I read, he signed it at the bottom.