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LISTEN: Queens Of The Stone Age Preview Brand-New Track, Detail Elton John Collab

Written by Mike Hohnen on April 18, 2013

In the latest wig out update from Queens Of The Stone Age, fans have been teased with a snippet of new album closer …Like Clockwork. The video below is off the new LP being pressed onto vinyl, with the track playing as it is imprinted.

Other than that, there’s not too much else going on in the short clip but it’s definitely worth checking out for the short teaser. What’s more, the jam also sees Homme bust out his best falsetto not unlike that time on Era Vulgaris track Make It Wit Chu.

It was previously thought that this was the band’s collaborative track with Sir Elton John, Fairweather Friends, but as the update came with little information, it’s too early to tell if that cascading balladesque piano is also Sir Elton.

Homme has explained the series of events that led up to the collaboration, explaining to UK’s XFM that the love affair started when John was in a car listening to Them Crooked Vultures:

“His assistant said, ‘You need to hear Queens!’… The guy driving the car was an old room-mate of mine! All of a sudden I get a phone call at my house on a Sunday. I picked up and he said, ‘Hello, Josh, this is Elton.’ I thought someone was messing with me.

“He said, ‘The only thing missing from your band is an actual queen!’ I said, ‘Honey, you have no idea.'”

Expecting a ballad, which the band hadn’t written, John preceded to jam with the outfit for three hours “playing a rock and roll song” with the session being live recorded.

The band were left with a lasting impression of the iconic musician. Homme adds, “The session had gotten really dark. When he left, we were on cloud nine. We got fired into the abyss of doing something we really loved again.”

…Like Clockwork drops in Australia Friday, 31st May but we can be sure to expect more wig out updates between now and then.

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