Queens Of The Stone Age’s forthcoming sixth album promises plenty of guest appearances: Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and prodigal son Nick Oliveri are all lined up to appear. But the latest addition is the biggest surprise of the bunch.

Sometime QOTSA drummer Dave Grohl is currently sitting in as guest host on US talk show Chelsea Lately (a post he used to make some iffy comments about Britney Spears, incidentally). John appeared as a guest on the programme last night, and Grohl took the opportunity to drop some unlikely news: “Recently, Elton and I recorded something together. Something that people wouldn’t imagine the two of us doing together”.

John subsequently confirmed that the two will be appearing together on the new Queens Of The Stone Age record:

“I was in Vegas and I flew back to LA and Engelbert Humperdinck had written me a very sweet letter and asked me to sing a duet with him. He is part of my history and I couldn’t say no so I went and recorded a song with him. Then I drove three blocks and went from Engelbert to Queens Of The Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindfuck.”

Talking about Grohl’s contribution, John said: “After three hours we got it and he drummed on every take and every take was amazing. He’s built like a brick shithouse when he drums.”

Click below to watch the interview. The new QOTSA album is expected in March; John, meanwhile, will headline the Sunday night at this year’s Bestival festival.

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