James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich from Metallica talked about Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore’s former band The Mars Volta, with James saying (transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar):
“What I love about them is – they push the limits on pretty much everything. Guitar playing, vocals…
“I remember Cedric [Bixler-Zavala] having pedals on the floor for his vocals. I had never seen that before!
“And he was pushing them and doing weird stuff with his voice – really treating it like an instrument, very cool!
“They even had a bongo player at one point!”
Hetfield then praise Theodore’s drumming. Theodorse has been with Queens of the Stone Age since 2013’s …Like Clockwork.
“Jon – unbelievable! I remember watching him live. You [Lars] were there, we saw them in a little joint somewhere in Australia.”
“That was one of the craziest gigs I’ve seen. The energy those guys had…”
“And they were all wearing fancy boots too! That was the combination that blew my mind. ‘They’re going crazy and they look good too!’ [Laughs]”