Surrounded by cold and darkness, it's a Danish survival tactic to look forward to the following summer's Roskilde Festival. But today's newest announcement from northern Europe's biggest music festival has fans looking not forward, but backward. A long way back, in fact, to the Stone Age.
American desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age were added to the line-up today, paving way for what will be their third Roskilde appearance in the last ten years. And when they hit the Orange stage in July, they'll be coming with some long-awaited new material and maybe some old familiar faces as well.
With a new album due in the spring that frontman Josh Homme promises will harken back to the band's earlier albums, the band will have an old friend manning the kits in the studio in the form of Dave Grohl. Grohl, the Foo Fighters frontman and former drummer for Nirvana, also played the drums on the band's most successful album, 2002's Songs for the Deaf. He also teamed up with Homme in Them Crooked Vultures, who played Roskilde in 2010. While it's not certain that Grohl will tour with the band, QOTSA's longtime drummer Joey Castillo has officially left.
It was also recently announced that former bassist Nick Oliveri, who left the band somewhat acrimoniously in 2004, may be back in the mix this time around, having recorded vocals for an album that will also feature a contribution from Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor.
Regardless of who shows up on the Roskilde stage, the Queens will bring their "heavy rock reeking of both cactus acid, sex and petrol" to show why they have become "one of the most beloved rock groups of the 21st century", to use the festival's ever-so-clever descriptions.
Also announced for the 2013 festival today were the French turntable quartet C2C and the American electronica producer Daedelus, who will bring the "complete concert experience" of his 'Archimedes Show'.
Tickets for the festival went on sale today. The price of a full festival ticket is 1,790 kroner until March 1, at which point it will go up to 1,890 kroner.