first appeared at CDNow, 30 April, 2001

Mark Lanegan To Sing With Queens Of The Stone Age, Record With Greg Dulli April 30, 2001, 2:55 pm PT

Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan will do double-duty as the part-time frontman for Queens of the Stone Age. He will join the group's shows at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles May 23 and 24, and will then accompany the desert thrashers on their European tour, beginning with the Pinkpop Festival June 2 in Landgraaf, Netherlands.

Lanegan, an old friend of Queens guitarist Josh Homme, agreed to sign on with the band as a lark, but he won't be taking over full-time vocalist duties. According to Greg Werckman, Lanegan's manager, he's just doing a cameo appearance. "Mark will sing the two songs he did on Queens' album [2000's R] and maybe a couple more, but he's just a featured guest, and he hasn't joined Queens."

Even though the moody singer will only lend his brooding pipes to a handful of songs, he's been single-minded in his preparation, joining the band both in Los Angeles and Seattle for exhaustive rehearsals to get ready for the shows, which wind up June 24 in Neuhasen, Germany, at the Southside Festival. Lanegan will only have a chance to catch his breath before he heads out for his first-ever solo tour, which kicks off at Seattle's Showbox July 6.

He's currently putting together a band and has already signed up Ministry's Bill Rieflin, who plays on Lanegan's latest, Field Songs (due May 8), and Dinosaur Jr. expatriate Mike Johnson so far, but no matter what you've heard, Lanegan's new partner, Greg Dulli, will not be on board for the tour. According to Werckman, the newish duo has been hard at work writing songs for its new, yet-to-be titled band, and as soon as Lanegan returns from the road, the group will jet down to Memphis to record an album, despite the fact they have yet to snag a record deal.

In an interview with CDNOW (set to run May 4), Lanegan described the as-yet untitled project: "It's loose and a good time. It's more along the lines of what I would do, but not really."

Queens of the Stone Age with Mark Lanegan Dates:

May 23, 24, Los Angeles, El Ray Theatre
June 2, Landgraaf, Netherlands, Pinkpop Festival
June 6, Folkestone, U.K., Leas Cliff Hall
June 7, Newport, U.K., Newport Centre
June 8, Milton Keynes, U.K., National Bowl
June 10, Birmingham, U.K., The Academy
June 11, Portsmouth, U.K., Portsmouth Guildhall
June 12, Manchester, U.K., Manchester University
June 13, London, U.K., Brixton Academy
June 24, Neuhasen, Germany, Southside Festival

-- Jaan Uhelszki