The missing piece from Queens of the Stone Age's star-studded lineup of album guests is missing no more.
Lanagan's previous absence from QOTSA's upcoming, in-the-works sixth album had been glaring. Last November, the heavy rockers revealed Dave Grohl was playing drums on the full-length. Also indicated to be on the LP, one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013, was former bassist Nick Oliveri. With frontman Josh Homme already on board, all that was missing from the core four-piece behind the band's landmark 2002 Songs for the Deaf was erstwhile Screaming Trees singer Lanegan.
Unless QOTSA are just teasing us, that problem has now been solved. Lanegan joins a roster that's already impressively stacked. Aside from Grohl and Oliveri, Trent Reznor and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears have turned in guest appearances for the album, which its creators have described as "ridiculous," like "running in a dream," and, in a particularly colorful turn of phrase, like a "codeine cabaret." There's also a nine-minute mockumentary where QOTSA purport to reveal "Secrets of the Sound" but actually wind up paying homage to the late Patrick Swayze — who, come to think of it, Lanegan at times somewhat resembles. Maybe?