Created in 1996, Queens of the Stone Age are a post-grunge blues band from Palm Desert, California. The band strives to obtain a sound that is sweet enough for the ladies and hardcore for the men. The band features a raw edgy guitar with a mixture of different supporting sounds. Their style is continuously changing due to the rotation of members. At times, it has been known as a super group due to the collaboration with Dave Grohl, Matt Cameron and many others. The core affiliate is vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme. His current lineup consists of Dean Fertita, Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, and Jon Theodore. Associated acts include Them Crooked Vultures, The Dead Weather, and the Desert Sessions.
In 1996, Homme joined with past members and released their first Ep, Gamma Ray. The music featured popular 1990s musicians and began to put the group on the map. Two years later, Homme entered the studio to work on their first album. In the process, he fired several people and handled most of the recording himself. The album dropped that year and received modest commercial success; yet, critics seemed to like it.
In 2000, Queens of the Stone Age released their first successful album, Rated R. The album garnered critical and commercial acclaim. Like past albums, it featured a long list of popular musicians that contributed to the music. They followed the release by joining the Ozzfest tour with The Foo Fighters and Hole.
After two years of touring, Homme returned to the studio, this time with drummer Dave Grohl. In 2002, they released Songs for the Death and gained major mainstream success. The record almost went platinum and launched the group into stardom. Afterwards, Grohl left to support his former band and Queens of the Stone Age went on tour. Their hit single “No One Knows” became a concert favorite making their live shows even more exhilarating.
In 2005, Homme gathered another crew and released his next album, Lullaby’s that Paralyze. The album didn’t do as well as the previous but did garner some success. It also featured legendary guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Two years later, they followed with another album, Era Vulgaris, which also featured more famous artist.
Queens of the Stone Age spent the next few years working on side projects and dealing with life’s obstacles. In 2013, they dropped Like Clockwork, which featured old members and new. The band is currently on tour in support of their latest album making notable stops in Budapest, Hungary and Hasselt, Belgium.
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