Published Nov 09, 2018Eagles of Death Metal had an unforgettable experience opening for Guns N' Roses in 2006, with Axl Rose branding the group "Pigeons of Shit Metal" before booting them from his band's U.S. tour in front of the Cleveland audience. Over a decade on, Hughes has flipped the insult into a title for a new album of covers.
The vinyl-only covers LP, titled The Eagles of Death Metal Presents Pigeons of Shit Metal, finds the group reworking songs from AC/DC, Steve Miller Band, Queens of the Stone Age, the Pixies, Ramones, and yes — Guns N' Roses.
The album is set for release through Last Hurrah Records, though it appears that all five vinyl variants are currently sold out. You can find the album's artwork (illustrated by Josh Homme) above.
In 2015, Hughes told Bravewords that every year since the aforementioned sacking, he has extended an olive branch to Rose.
"Every year, since Axl Rose fired us from the tour [in 2006], I have sent him a very sincere request — around Christmas time — inviting him to come in the studio and record two Christmas songs, and be released as The Pigeons of Shit Metal," he explained. "And I always close it with a very judgmental, 'Because I want you to know Axl, I'm willing to forgive you, and I feel like the rest of the world is, too.' So I think that final statement he probably doesn't appreciate too much."
The Eagles of Death Metal Presents Pigeons of Shit Metal:
1. It's So Easy (Guns N' Roses)
2. Beat on the Brat (The Ramones)
3. Gouge Away (The Pixies)
4. So Alive (Love and Rockets)
5. High Voltage (AC/DC)
6. Go With the Flow (Queens of the Stone Age)
7. The Hunger (The Distillers)
8. Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band)
9. Gonna Leave You (Queens of the Stone Age)
10. Long Slow Goodbye (Queens of the Stone Age)