Queens of Stone Age to climax Grammys
January 21st, 2014 | by Bruce Fessier | The Desert Sun
Queens of the Stone Age, led by Palm Desert native Josh Homme, will close the Grammy Awards show Sunday in a what has been labeled “a rousing” production number with Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac.
The ceremony, coordinated and executive produced by part-time La Quinta resident Ken Ehrlich, airs live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. on CBS.
“We’re incredibly excited about this number,” Ehrlich said in a statement. “There’s nothing better than when the Grammys can rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time. Long live Trent, Josh, Dave and Lindsey and these great bands!”
Homme, who couldn’t comment this week because of his busy Grammy activities, has worked frequently with both Grohl and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Grohl, the leader of the Foo Fighters and the drummer for Nirvana, has recorded and toured as a member of Queens of the Stone Age. Nine Inch Nails is set to tour Australia in March with QOTSA and Homme’s wife, Brody Dalle.
Grohl and Homme earned a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2011 for the single, “New Fang” with their “side project” with Led Zeppelin bassist, John Paul Jones, Them Crooked Vultures. QOTSA is nominated this year for Best Rock Album for “…Like Clockwork” and for Best Rock Performance for the desert inspired “My God Is the Sun” from that album. Ironically, the band is up against Jones’ long broken-up Led Zeppelin in both of those categories.
QOTSA also is up against the legendary David Bowie in those categories. It also was indirectly nominated for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Grohl is nominated for Best Rock Song for his composition with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack,” which coincidentally is reviving a Beatles-Rolling Stones rivalry since the new Stones single, “Doom and Gloom,” is nominated in the same category. Nine Inch Nails is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for “Hesitation Marks.”
QOTSA, which also will perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, has been nominated for a Grammy four times in the past without a win. Grohl has won 13 Grammys and Nine Inch Nails have won two. This is the first Grammy performance for both QOTSA and Nine Inch Nails.
The connection to Buckingham is his appearance in the Grohl-directed documentary “Sound City: Real to Reel,” about the now closed L.A. studio where they both recorded.
The QOTSA, Nine Inch Nails, Grohl and Buckingham performance will climax an evening that also will include an appearance by surviving Beatles McCartney and Ringo Starr to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional collaborative performances are scheduled by nominees Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers of Chic; Pharrell Williams with 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder; Metallica with classical pianist Lang Lang; nominee Robin Thicke and Chicago; nominees Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson with Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton.
Ehrlich also said in a Facebook post a performance by Pink and Nate Ruess is expected to be “an amazing duet” and a collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons will be “a signature Grammy moment.”