Modern rock act Queens Of The Stone Age is finishing up its next Interscope studio album, "Songs for the Deaf," co-produced by the band with Eric Valentine (Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind). The duo of v

Modern rock act Queens Of The Stone Age is finishing up its next Interscope studio album, "Songs for the Deaf," co-produced by the band with Eric Valentine (Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind). The duo of vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme and vocalist/bassist Nick Oliveri has been joined for the bulk of the recording by Foo Fighters principal Dave Grohl and former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan. Ween's Dean Ween also makes a guest appearance.

"Songs for the Deaf" is planned for a spring 2002 release. It's the follow-up to 2000's "Rated R," which peaked at No. 16 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and featured the single "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret," which hit No. 21 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks survey.

Lanegan is expected to tour with the band in support of "Songs for the Deaf." Queens Of The Stone Age is also planning to offer live audio and video recordings of its shows through its official Web site in the coming months.

In the meantime, Queens fans can feast on the latest installment in Homme's ongoing "Desert Sessions" series, "7+8," which he issued Nov. 20 on his own Rekords Rekords imprint. The album is loaded with free-form jamming and guest spots from Lanegan, Hole's Samantha Maloney, and Eleven's Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider, among others.

The previous four double-album-length "Desert Sessions" have featured appearances by members of Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, and Homme and Oliveri's previous band, Kyuss. Some of the participants even went on to play on "Rated R," as Homme told Billboard.com in October 2000. "It's fun to write parts with someone in mind, and at the very minimum all they have to do is repeat the parts," he said. "But in almost every case they've bettered the piece."

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