Basic Background Info

Birth: May 17, 1973
Location: Joshua Tree, California
Band: Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal
Genres: Rock, Alternative, Metal
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums
Occupation: Musician


Joshua Michael Homme is a musician who is gifted in multiple instruments. Currently, he predominantly plays guitar and sings for Queens of the Stone Age, but he occasionally contributes bass, drums, and keyboards. He also drums with Eagles of Death.

Born in Joshua Tree, California, and raised in Palm Desert, Josh Homme’s musical inclinations manifested when he was a young childe. Josh Homme learned to play guitar when he was nine years old. As a young, budding musician, hardcore punk bands Black Flag, DOA, and Discharge had a pronounced influence on Josh. Josh Homme also listened to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, T Rex, and Slayer.

Fourteen-year-old Josh created Sons of Kyuss based out of Palm Desert. Josh Homme played guitar, and the band was popular with a niche crowd. They frequently performed in remote locations and used generators to power their performances. Fans called these “Generator Parties”. Looking for a more psychedelic sound, Josh Homme regularly tweaked his equipment and combined unusual pieces of gear.

After Kyuss dismantled in 1995, Josh Homme toured with The Screaming Trees as their second guitarist. He quickly became friends with vocalist Mark Lanegan. However, within a year, Josh Homme left the band to gather a group of musicians tailored to his liking. They all performed as Gamma Ray. In 1997, the band changed their name to Queens of the Stone Age. They released their self-titled debut album the following year with Josh Homme playing lead guitar and singing lead vocals.

QOTSA’s second album, Rated R, was a concept album revolving around the media. Rated R became a mainstream hit, but their third album, Songs for the Deaf, attracted even more attention for the band. Their albums became more progressive, but still maintained their stoner/hard rock edge. Lullabies to Paralyze was yet another concept album, revolving around child folklore. 2007’s Era Vulgaris focused on modern Hollywood excess. Trent Reznor and Julian Casablancas both contributed vocals on the album. Josh said, “Musicians are like little children—they want to play together.”

Josh Homme has also performed with Mondo Generator, Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, Fatso Jetson, Mark Lanegan Band, Trent Reznor, Masters of Reality, Millionaire, Wellwater Conspiracy, U.N.K.L.E., Melissa Auf der Maur, Paz Lenchantin, A Perfect Circle, Death from Above 1979, Earthlings?, Mastodon, Local H, and Peaches.

Since 1998, Josh Homme has been occasionally performing with Eagles of Death Metal, a blues rock band he created with Jesse Hughes. In 2004, they released their debut album, Peace, Love, Death Metal. Music from the album appeared in commercials for, Comcast, Payless ShoeSource, Nissan Motors, Budweiser, Pontiac Motors, and Wendy’s. After releasing their second album, Death by Sexy, in 2006, they toured supporting The Strokes and with The Giraffes. They plan to release their third album in 2008.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1992 Blues for the Red Sun Kyuss
1994 Welcome to Sky Valley Kyuss
1995 Metallurgy, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1996 If Only Everything Gamma Ray
1996 Into the Void Kyuss
1997 Godzilla/Module Overload Fu Manchu
1997 Queens of the Stone Age Kyuss
1998 Desert Sessions, Vol. 2: Status, Ship's Commander Butchered Desert Sessions
1998 Desert Sessions, Vol. 3: Set Co-Ordinates for the White Dwarf Desert Sessions
1998 Desert Sessions, Vol. 4: Hard Walls & Little Trips Desert Sessions
1998 Desert Sessions, Vols. 1 & 2 Desert Sessions
1998 Desert Sessions, Vols. 3 & 4 Desert Sessions
1998 I Feel Alright Mike Johnson
1999 Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives Wellwater Conspiracy
1999 Desert Sessions, Vol. 5: Poetry for the Masses Desert Sessions
2000 3 for 1 Kyuss
2000 Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows Original Soundtrack
2000 Cocaine Rodeo Mondo Generator
2000 Heavy Metal 2000 Original Soundtrack
2000 Lost Art of Keeping a Secret [CD #1] Queens of the Stone Age
2000 Lost Art of Keeping a Secret [CD #2] Queens of the Stone Age
2000 R Queens of the Stone Age
2000 Us Various Artists
2001 Desert Sessions, Vols. 7 & 8 Desert Sessions
2001 Turbonegro Tribute: Alpha Various Artists
2002 Disco Marching Kraft Earthlings?
2002 Here Comes the Zoo Local H
2002 Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis... Various Artists
2002 Songs for the Deaf Queens of the Stone Age
2002 WW: Tough Enough, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 XXX Original Soundtrack
2003 Crawl Home Desert Sessions
2003 Desert Sessions, Vols. 9 & 10 Desert Sessions
2003 Drug Problem That Never Existed Mondo Generator
2003 Flak 'n' Flight Masters of Reality
2003 Here Comes That Weird Chill Mark Lanegan Band
2003 Never, Never, Land UNKLE
2003 Quixotic Martina Topley-Bird
2004 (Godzilla's) Eatin' Dust Fu Manchu
2004 Auf der Maur Auf der Maur
2004 Bubblegum Mark Lanegan Band
2004 Never, Never, Land UNKLE
2004 Peace Love Death Metal Eagles of Death Metal
2004 Punisher Original Soundtrack
2004 Stone Age Complication Queens of the Stone Age
2005 In Your Honor Foo Fighters
2005 Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen Various Artists
2005 Little Sister Queens of the Stone Age
2005 Lullabies to Paralyze Queens of the Stone Age
2005 Over the Years and Through the Woods Queens of the Stone Age
2005 Romance Bloody Romance: Remixes & B-Sides Death from Above 1979
2006 Back to Mine Liam Prodigy
2006 Blood Mountain Mastodon
2006 Burn the Witch Queens of the Stone Age
2006 Colony of Birchmen Mastodon
2006 Death by Sexy Eagles of Death Metal
2006 Impeach My Bush Peaches
2006 Masters of Horror, Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack
2006 You Only Live Once The Strokes
2007 Cool Lupe Fiasco
2007 Era Vulgaris Queens of the Stone Age
2007 Glitter in the Gutter Jesse Malin
2007 Hot Rod Original Soundtrack
2007 Licker's Last Leg Goon Moon
2007 War Stories UNKLE
2008 More Stories UNKLE
2008 Heart On Eagles of Death Metal
2008 GU Mixed 3 Various Artists
2008 End Titles... Stories for Film UNKLE
2008 Beautiful Future Primal Scream
2009 Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
2009 Only Revolutions Billy Clyro
2009 Nosfell Nosfell
2011 Last Words: The Final Recording Screaming Trees
2012 MTV Unplugged Florence + the Machine
2013 Latest and Greatest Guitar Heroes Various Artists
2013 AM Arctic Monkeys
2014 Teenage Dirtbags Vol. 2 Various Artists


  • Josh is married to Brody Dalle of the Spinarettes. Their daughter, Camille Harley, was born in 2006. Josh told Rolling Stone Magazines, "I've never had anything so small in my house before. I had two midgets come for a birthday party once, but they were way bigger than she is now."
  • Josh considers both Silence of the Lambs and American Psycho to be dark comedies.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Vater

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