Alternative rock band Queens of the Stone Age have announced that Sir Elton John will be guesting on their sixth studio album out sometime this year – I know, we’re surprised too.

Drummer Dave Grohl interviewed Sir Elton for the US talk show Chelsea Lately and announced that the veteran pop star will feature on the new album.

“Recently, Elton and I recorded something together,” Grohl said. “Something that people wouldn’t imagine the two of us doing together.” He then added that the collaboration would be included on the next Queens of the Stone Age album.

Sir Elton added during the same interview: “Englebert Humerdicnck [Italian pop singer] had written me a very sweet letter and asked me to sing a duet with him. He is part of my history and I couldn’t say no, so I went and recorded a song with him.

“Then I drove three blocks and went from Engelbert to Queens of the Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindf**k,” he said.

Grohl, interjecting, said: “I remember [Elton] walking in and him being like ‘Have you got a ballad for me?’ and we were just like, ‘no, we do not have a ballad for you.’”

Talking about the recording session itself, Sir Elton said: “After three hours we go at it and [Grohl] drummed on every take and every take was amazing. He’s built like a brick sh*thouse when he drums.”

Other guests confirmed to appear on the new QOTSA album include Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters.

Although the group are playing a number of UK shows, QOTSA have not yet announced any Irish dates.