In addition to the January arrival of the sophomore Eagles Of Death Metal album, “Death by Sexy,” frontman Jesse ‘The Devil’ Hughes has several other projects up his sleeve. These include appearances on other artists’ recordings, his second vinyl “tribute” to pal Josh Homme, the Eagles’ first arena dates and a Sept. 22 live duet with Homme at a hurricane relief benefit in Los Angeles.
“I’ve been recording on Peaches’ album and doing a little writing, and then UNKLE’s recording a record with Chris Goss,” Hughes tells Billboard.com. “I’ve been bing-banging back and forth, living the true Hollywood nightlife dream — studios and sex and drugs and everything. It’s killer! [The vinyl release] ‘Pair of Queens’ is I select two songs of Joshua’s to record, and I cover them. I released one [2004’s ‘Go with the Flow’ b/w ‘Gonna Leave You’], and I’m think I’m getting ready to do ‘I Never Came’ and ‘Broken Box.'”
While the EODM have been primarily a club band thus far, pal Dave Grohl will give the group its first taste of playing arenas opening for the Foo Fighters in Europe in December. The group, rounded out by Samantha Maloney on drums, “Big Hands” O’Connor on bass, Dave Catching on guitar and Hughes on “moustache and guitar,” will premiere new songs from the forthcoming album at these shows.
“I’ve never played arenas before,” Hughes says. “Oh my God, it’s still giddy for me to talk about it. I believe the only way to be successful in rock’n’roll is to be a fan first, and I’m the biggest fan of that band. But for them to have asked us under the circumstances: we were playing a festival show in Belgium, and when I walked off stage, there was Trent Reznor and there was Dave Grohl. They had stayed for the entire show. And then [the Foo Fighters] ask us to do the tour with them, and I guess the whole tour is sold out. That’s the testament to the amazement of my moustache.”
As for the Sept. 22 benefit, which will also feature Grohl, Tenacious D, Fiona Apple and comedians David Cross and Sarah Silverman, Hughes can barely contain his excitement. “I’m hoping [we do] something typically Eagles, but not something we would normally do, if that makes any sense,” Hughes says when asked what song he and Homme will perform. “I want it to be appropriate to the tone of the moment, if you know what I mean. It’s possibly going to be a cover song, possibly a hillbilly cover. Maybe even a Johnny Cash cover.”