Also known as
Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996.
after the dissolution of Homme's previous band,
Gamma Ray (1996-1997)
Palm Desert, California, United States
Alternative rock, stoner rock
Eagles of Death Metal
The Dead Weather
The Desert Sessions
Them Crooked Vultures
"When we were making a record in 1992, under the band Kyuss, our producer Chris Goss, he would joke
and say 'You guys are like the queens of the stone age.' The band was originally called Gamma Ray,
but we got threatened with a lawsuit because someone else had it. So we were Queens of the Stone Age."
Homme further explained:
"Kings would be too macho. The Kings of the Stone Age wear armor and have axes and wrestle.
The Queens of the Stone Age hang out with the Kings of the Stone Age's girlfriends when they wrestle,
and also it was a name given to us by Chris Goss. He gave us the name Queens of the Stone Age. Rock
should be heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls. That way everyone's happy
and it's more of a party. Kings of the Stone Age is too lopsided."
Josh Homme - vocals, guitars, bass, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion
Troy Van Leeuwen - guitars, backing vocals, keyboards, bass, percussion
Dean Fertita - keyboards, guitars, backing vocals, piano
Michael Shuman - bass, backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion
Jon Theodore - drums, percussion, sampler
Queens Of The Stone Age Quotes
It really is more of a musical experiment.... It keeps moving and reinventing itself. That way we never get painted into a corner. - Homme (2000)
I'd like to keep it loose, open and free, I just think that if we can expand and contract, then there's nothing we can't do, and even the old songs will never be something like, 'Oh, let's not play that any more.' - Homme (2000)