JOSH HOMME: 'Rock 'N' Roll Only Sounds Good When It's Lean, Hungry And Wants To Grab You'

Andrew Perry of recently conducted an interview with THEM CROOKED VULTURES, which consists of FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl on drums, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE singer/guitarist Josh Homme and LED ZEPPELIN bass player John Paul Jones. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On being back on the road again:

John Paul Jones: "I couldn't get arrested in the Eighties at all. After THE BEATLES broke up, would you have asked Paul McCartney if he'd be in your band? Nobody thought I would do anything, and I didn't really want to join another band after ZEPPELIN, because I knew nothing would ever be as good as that."'

On LED ZEPPELIN's 2007 reunion concert:

John Paul Jones: "The O2 gig was really good. We'd put a lot of work into it. It had to sound like the last night of a two-year tour. After Robert [Plant] said he didn't want to do any more, I rehearsed with Jimmy [Page] and Jason [Bonham] quite a lot of last year. We'd put so much into [the O2 gig] together, we thought, Let's just start another band. We wrote new material, but we couldn't really agree on singers and it didn't work out. But after that, I was in that mindset where I'd probably do some touring. My parents were in variety, so I've always felt at home on stage. When Dave came along and said, Do you fancy trying out with Josh, I jumped at it."

On THEM CROOKED VULTURES' songwriting approach:

Josh Homme: "Early on, Dave and I were like, It's gotta be songs, man. If we just jammed around, it would suck. They'll call it self-indulgent to go with the 'supergroup' word — and they'll be right. Rock 'n' roll only sounds good when it's lean, hungry and wants to grab you. It doesn't sound good when it relaxes."

On the recording sessions for THEM CROOKED VULTURES' debut album:

Josh Homme: "I got arrested on the third day of our session. It was total bull, because I really was just hanging out, you know? When I got out of jail, we were recording that day, so I told the guys (exhales regretfully), 'Look, I haven't had that much sleep, it's going take me a sec to get my thing together.' And to not have one look of judgement was very cool. I gotta be just who I am, because I don't know who else to be."'

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