It’s a brand new day, which can only mean it’s time for another batch of brand new inside information about the Queens of the Stone Age and their über-secretive ways.
First off, the Queens played an unannounced (and therefore thoroughly secret) show in front of about 150 very lucky/ very astonished fans and various celebrities — including Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and, um, “Ocean’s 12″ actor Scott Caan — at Los Angeles’ Viper Room on Tuesday. Frontman Josh Homme had previously played coy about just who would replace departed bassist Nick Oliveri in the live incarnation of QOTSA (see “Queens Of The Stone Age Keep LP, Tour Shrouded In Mystery” ), but according to audience members and the band’s spokesperson, on Tuesday he took the stage alongside multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen, drummer Joey Castillo and a bassist who went by the name of “Dan Druff” (who’s worked as a guitar tech on the last two QOTSA albums and for Sum 41 on Chuck).
The band ripped through a 40-minute set, playing cuts from previous Queens albums, as well as a handful of songs from the upcoming Lullabies to Paralyze LP, including the first single, “Little Sister.”
Speaking of “Sister,” there’s the matter of a video for the song, details of which are slightly less secretive, since a band spokesperson confirmed the clip was co-directed by Homme and Nathan “Karma” Cox in Los Angeles last month (see “Queens Singer Says ’Videos Suck,’ Then Gets Behind Camera” ). But aside from who sat in the director’s chairs, little was known about the clip — which debuts Tuesday on MTV2 — until now.
In the performance-based video, a newly ripped Homme struts and sneers while the rest of the Queens hammer away behind him. They perform on a stage bathed in blue and red lights, while silhouettes of strippers appear behind them and movie screens blast footage of streetwalkers in knee-high boots.
But the secret show and video aren’t the only bits of QOTSA news bubbling up to the surface. There’s also the just-announced (and thus still pretty secret) “deluxe edition” of Lullabies, which, according to the band’s spokesperson, includes a bonus DVD featuring in-studio footage of sessions with album guest stars Billy Gibbons, Brody Dalle and Shirley Manson, plus two short films based on songs from the record and a bonus “therapy session,” which stars Homme and comedienne Sarah Silverman.
Lullabies to Paralyze is due March 22.