"There’s a song called Song For The Dead, which is a collaboration of me, Mark [Lanegan] and Josh, and that song is great because all three of us were writing.
"I love the songs that were collaborations. I think Josh’s input into my songs make them better. I don’t know if he feels the same way about my input on his songs. Mark can put his voice on any song and make it better, because he is an amazing singer – he’s one of the best singers in the world. Josh and Mark are two of my favourite songwriters, so it’s a great honour to be part of those records. We had a blast. The bad times in Queens were better than the good times in some bands I’ve been in.
"Playing with Dave Grohl [on Songs For The Deaf and the following world tour] was fantastic. It was a dream come true. I can’t even put it into words – it was just great. He’s a master on drums and a great person. He came in and killed it. Every night on tour he killed it. It was perfect.
"He lifted our game up as well. As good as we were as a band and individually, when playing with someone of that calibre you have to bring your game up to his or it’d be noticeable. You had to play super good with Dave; otherwise, you’d be the weak link."