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Desert Sessions

The seeds for the revolving door lineup that Queens from the Rock Age is becoming well-known for were originally sown in another related project, the Desert Sessions. Internet dating back again to the ‘80s, guitarist Josh Homme and his pals would toss what would become referred to as “generator celebrations” — comprising live music performed for a couple of close friends out within a secluded element of California’s Hand Desert, the power for the amplifiers getting given by a power generator. Between his leave from stoner rock and roll groundbreakers Kyuss and the forming of Queens, Homme discovered himself with a lot of leisure time on his hands, and he made a decision to set up these get-togethers once again. The just difference was that period, Homme would record the proceedings — dubbing them ‘the Desert Periods’ — while a spinning set of recognizable brands of hard rock and roll would be asked to participate. Functioning at a breakneck speed, a complete of six amounts were issued throughout a one-year period (1998-1999) for the indie label Man’s Mess up, and featured insight by famous brands Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden, Hater, Wellwater Conspiracy), John McBain (Monster Magnet, Wellwater Conspiracy), Fred Drake (Earthlings), Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu), Alfredo Hernandez (Kyuss), Dave Getting (Earthlings), Chris Goss (Experts of Truth), and Pete Stahl (Wool, Earthlings), amongst others. Not only is it released on Compact disc (each CD discharge matched two “amounts” jointly), the first entries in the series had been also released on dual 10″ vinyl. However when Man’s Mess up went of business and Homme founded Queens from the Rock Age with previous Kyuss bandmate (and Desert Classes contributor) Nick Oliveri, the Desert Classes series took a rest. The break wasn’t lengthy nevertheless, as the Southern Lord label found Desert Classes, Vols. 7 & 8, which noticed such renowned titles as Tag Lanegan (Screaming Trees and shrubs), Samantha Maloney (Opening, Mötley Crüe), and Alain Johannes (Eleven, Chris Cornell) link up with Homme. With Queens from the Rock Age scoring a significant hit using their 2002 launch, Tracks for the Deaf, the Desert Classes garnered a substantial amount of curiosity from beginners. Vols. 9 &10 was released on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label in 2003, and presented insight from Dean Ween (Ween), Josh Freese (the Vandals), PJ Harvey, Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson), Joey Castillo (Danzig, QOTSA), Natasha Shneider (Eleven), and Troy Vehicle Leeuwen (AN IDEAL Circle, QOTSA), amongst others. Another appeal from the Desert Classes series for QOTSA enthusiasts is that many music debuted on Desert Periods releases have got since gone to reappear as recently recorded variations on following Queens albums (specifically “Millionaire,” “Avon,” “Dangling Tree,” etc.).

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