Queens of the Stone Age is a rock band spearheaded by guitarist and vocalist Josh Homme. Since forming in 1996, Homme is the band’s only constant member. Homme formed Queens of the Stone Age after the dissolution of his previous band Kyuss. Queens released their first album in 1998 and have been nominated for six Grammy Awards.
Queens of the Stone Age is a no-nonsense, straight forward, riff-oriented rock band with just a twinge of alternative music. They play loud and fast but with competency and nuance. Think of them as a more serious version of Eagles of Death Metal. Queens’ biggest hits are “No One Knows” and “Little Sister.”
The band is known for their amazing live shows—they sell a lot of Queens of the Stone Age tickets—and for collaborating with a number of big name musicians.
Homme originally wanted to call his band “Gamma Ray” but that name had already been taken by a German outfit successful enough to hire lawyers. So Homme changed his band’s appellation to “Queens of the Stone Age,” a phrase coined by producer Chris Goss. The name is sometimes shortened to QOTSA.
Bassist Nick Oliveri learned the hard way that you must wear clothes when performing in Brazil. In 2001, at the Rock in Rio concert event, Oliveri took the stage wearing nothing but his bass guitar. He was arrested after walking off the stage.
How seriously do Queens of the Stone Age take performing? After a particularly bad show in Germany, members of the band, and their soundman, all had the phrase “Freitag 4:15” tattooed on their bodies (their set began Friday at 4:15pm). They wanted to make sure they never forgot how bad they performed.
In 2005, Queens were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. The night’s guest host, Will Ferrell, sat in on cowbell during a performance of “Little Sister.” Ferrell was portraying fictional Blue Oyster Cult cowbellist Gene Frenkle from the famous “Christopher Walken cowbell sketch.”
Queens of the Stone Age (1998)
Rated R (2000)
Songs for the Deaf (2002)
Lullabies to Paralyze (2005)
Era Vulgaris (2007)
...Like Clockwork (2013)