Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf Hits Tenth Anniversary
On August 27th, one of the landmark rock albums to emerge from the previous decade, Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs For Deaf, will officially turn ten years old. The quasi-concept record which took listeners on a drive through California was first released in 2002 and became the band’s highest-charting effort at the time, peaking in the 17th slot of the U.S. Billboard charts and at the number four spot in the U.K. Songs For Deaf has since sold well over a million copies in the U.S.
The brilliance of Songs For Deaf marked a crossroads for many of those involved in making the process, something that may have been less evident at the time. Foo Fighters’ singer Dave Grohl made a widely-publicized return behind the drum kit for the record while putting his own band on hiatus following lesser known internal issues. The very talented multi-instrumentalist Allan Johannes made the first of many contributions to Queens of the Stone Age and would later reunite with Grohl and QOTSA front man Josh Homme for their super group Them Crooked Vultures. Bassist Nick Oliveri was dismissed from the band after the record, a fact which was more openly justified following a four-hour standoff with a S.W.A.T. team last summer.
The record itself has survived the test of time, and remains the band’s most masterful work to date, with “No One Knows” and “Go With The Flow” becoming set list staples. Queens of the Stone themselves have since become one of the more popular bands in contemporary rock and are currently recording a new record, the follow-up to 2008’s Era Vulgaris, and is likely to be released in the spring of 2013.