Queens Of The Stone Age singer/guitarist Josh Homme recently took part in a fan Q&A with Fasterlouder.au and was asked about a variety of topics; including the Kyuss trademark lawsuit, the Grammys debacle and the possibility of another “Desert Sessions” release.
When asked why it was important him that the ‘new Kyuss lineup’ (Kyuss Lives! since became Vista Chino) use a different name Homme replied as follows:
“Even in that question, ‘the new Kyuss.’ I’m a firm believer in… I like to play for respect and for passion. Things about money and things like that shouldn’t come into it. That’s not what this is for, this is to… to create something, be part of something.
And when you create something, and you’re part of something. You don’t go back and tamper with it and toy with it just to… to make money, ya know? These things aren’t about money. If you’re lucky enough to be in a band that has a legacy, something so fragile as a legacy, something so delicate as a history.
Then you’re really… really blessed. And you shouldn’t toy with that. I’ve never been a big fan of reunions and sequels and stuff like that because it really tramples what was, ya know? For reasons that I don’t really believe in.
You can always play the songs of another band but you don’t have to use that same name. I think you need to respect your fans and as I said respect your legacy. Because at the end, it’s all about respect—that’s what’s important. And you don’t toy with something like that, and you don’t take it lightly. And you gotta protect it.”
Homme was also asked if he would play the Grammys again after the debacle earlier this year. Referencing this outburst, Homme offered:
“I’d play anywhere. I don’t care about the drama. I got misunderstood for something I said when I was reacting to someone in the audience recently—not to mention I was really drunk.
But the truth is that I’m a musician, I play my music. I don’t really worry about the rest, I don’t think it’s necessary to worry or sweat the rest of this stuff. ‘Just go and play your music’, I go play my music.
I don’t like to be disrespected, but nobody likes that, ya know? Yeah, if they got their shit together, maybe. I’m in a band, I go play music wherever I’m supposed to go play. You can’t sweat this other stuff. It’s not that big of a deal.”
When asked about the possibility of another ‘Desert Sessions‘ release, he stated:
“I’d love to do more Desert Sessions. It’s just been difficult because of having a lot of music go on already—between the Eagles Of Death Metal and Queens and Them Crooked Vultures.
There’s a time in the year to do those; when everyone else kind of calms down at the end of the year is the right time to do them.
Not only because it’s the best time weather-wise in Joshua Tree—because it’s nice when it’s beautiful and not too hot there.
But because everyone is sort of taking a moment to take a deep breath before they dive back underwater and play music again. When the year passes, If I miss that window, it makes it tough to do it again.
I think they should continue on, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one. but the time between doing Desert Sessions doesn’t rule out that one should not be done or should be done. I think it should just go on forever. So I think there’s a lot of time to do more and I’d love to do more.”