Dave Grohl Confirms Queens of the Stone Age Firing

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl appeared to reveal that Josh Homme fired former Queens of the Stone Age drummer Gene Trautmann in 2001, leading to Grohl briefly joining the band. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl’s remarks from The Bill Simmons Podcast. Dave Grohl recently leaked a painful Gavin Rossdale divorce claim.

“The thing that got weird with us was I had, we were making a record and it just wasn’t working out, our fourth record. It just didn’t sound good, it didn’t feel good, we weren’t into it. In the meantime, my buddy Josh from Queens of the Stone Age had just bailed his drummer.

He said, ‘Dude, I’ve got two weeks. Could you just come do the drums on my record?’ They were like my favorite band, they were amazing. We’re good friends, we’ve known each other for 30 years, a long time. I thought, ‘Yes! I get to play on a Queens of the Stone Age record.’ So we go on to record with Queens, and it was kind of the opposite of what we were doing.

What we were doing was, ‘Alright, let’s just put this bass down.’ The Queens of the Stone Age thing was this collective lightning bolt, ‘Let’s do this!’ Tracking live, and you’re in the same room, face to face, it was f***ing mean and hungry. It was great. So I go do that, and it is f***ing bad ass, I was like this is good.”

Dave Grohl recorded Songs for the Deaf with Queens of the Stone Age and played select live shows with the band before bowing out and being replaced by Joey Castillo in 2002. Fellow bandmates Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan departed in the ensuing years. Josh Homme’s wife recently revealed emotional photos taken before their separation.