Dave Grohl Re-Joins Queens Of The Stone Age

With the Foo Fighters on a break, Grohl will return to the drums on QOTSA's new album, tentatively due next year.

With the Foo Fighters currently taking a break (but “definitely not breaking up” ), frontman Dave Grohl has found a new way to stay busy — you know, aside from directing documentaries — reclaiming his seat behind the kit for the Queens of the Stone Age.

In a new interview with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, Queens mastermind Josh Homme revealed that Grohl would be re-joining the band to play drums on their upcoming album, replacing Joey Castillo, who has left the group for reasons still unclear.

The Queens also posted a photo of their studio mixing board on their Facebook page, which shows Grohl’s name written alongside Homme’s, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen’s and bassist Michael “Shoes” Shuman’s.

Grohl famously smashed the drums on QOTSA’s 2002 breakthrough Songs For The Deaf, and toured with them in support of the album. Homme returned the favor by playing guitars on the Foo’s 2005 album In Your Honor, and the two formed the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures — along with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones — in 2009.

There’s still no firm release date for the new Queens of the Stone Age disc (their first since 2007′s Era Vulgaris ), though they’ve been working on it since August, and Homme told Lowe that the album would be in stores ahead of the band’s performance at the U.K.’s Download Festival in June.