A bassist from New York City’s legendary rock band Queens of the Stone Age is set to launch a new label in 2018 with the help of the musician’s longtime friend, guitarist and producer, bassist Ronnie James Dio.
James Dio, who will co-produce the new label with the New York Times Magazine, has been on the road with Queens of The Stone Age since their 2010 reunion, where he played bass on their new album.
He played with them again in 2017 and is still part of the band.
The group has toured and played arenas worldwide, and are set to release their ninth album, Queens of a New Song, this year.
James’ first solo record, 2012’s High Hopes, was a big hit in the U.S. and sold more than 4 million copies in the first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Dio played bass for the band in a song titled “Wicked,” which was the first track on Queens’ album and is now available on Spotify.
“The music industry is a dangerous place for musicians, especially bass players,” James said in a statement.
“It’s a dangerous time when our music is being pushed around and our careers are being cut short by this industry.
I hope this new venture will help us find a new way to make music, and to show how far we have come as a band.”
In 2017, James joined the New Orleans jazz-pop band Lonesome Little Children to form the duo P.S., and the following year he formed a new band called the Redemptorists, which was later named to the Billboard 100 chart.
He toured with the band and was the only member of the group to be honored for his accomplishments.
Dio was also a founding member of Black Eyed Peas, and in 2018, he reunited with bassist and guitarist Chris Shiflett to form a trio with the song “It Takes a Village.”
It was the band’s first release in seven years, and their debut album, You Ain’t No Saint, hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200.