According to Pitchfork, band mastermind Josh Homme announced on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday (Nov. 6) that drummer Joey Castillo was no longer with the band (which has long featured a revolving cast of contributors, aside from Homme), and that Grohl was back on board with QOTSA. The Foos frontman and former Nirvana drummer previously sat behind the kit for the band's 2002 breakout "Songs for the Deaf," which featured the hit single "No One Knows" and has sold 1.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
To spread the news to all QOTSA fans, the band posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of a soundboard that reads "J HO - Guitar" and "Dave - Drums."
Last month, Grohl confirmed that Foo Fighters was officially taking a break, following last year's Grammy-winning "Wasting Light" and an extensive tour supporting the album. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far… There were times when I wanted to give up. But I can't give up this band. And I never will," he wrote in a letter to fans.
Queens of the Stone Age are slated to perform at the Download Festival in the U.K. next June, but the band's first full-length in over five years could come before then. When asked by a fan on Twitter if a new QOTSA album would be released before Download Fest, the group's Twitter account responded, "good plan."