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Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme told the Los Angeles Times in a new interview that the band is going to step away from the grind of the album touring cycle that it’s been on for years. Homme explained, “After the last Queens tour, I needed to take a break. I don’t think that style of putting out 10 more songs and touring for two years, I could ever do again like that.”

The singer and guitarist used to fall ill frequently while touring, telling us a while back that he’s tried to stay healthy on tour even though that lifestyle isn’t conducive to it: [“I just try to do my thing and try to hope that it is something that will encourage good health, although I know I’m totally bulls***ting myself.”] SOUNDCUE (:07 OC: . . . totally bulls***ting myself.)

Homme added that he’s enjoyed being home, even if it decreases the band’s profile. He said, “In terms of notoriety, I really have no interest in getting any bigger. And if it were a little smaller, I’d probably be fine with that because there’s nothing down that road — unless it allows me to pull musicians from a farther world to do this.”

Meanwhile, after a 16-year hiatus, Homme releases the next two installments in his Desert Sessions series of albums on Friday (October 25th).

Desert Sessions Vols. 11 & 12, subtitled Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels, were recorded in a six-day span in December 2018 at Homme’s Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California. Joining him on the albums are Royal Blood ​singer/bassist Mike KerrPrimus bandleader Les ClaypoolZZ Top‘s Billy GibbonsScissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears and more.