And So It Began...
the ashes of the legendary "stoner rock" band Kyuss, comes
Queens of the Stone Age. Led by singer/guitarist Josh Homme. As
the musical genius in Kyuss, Homme fashioned the Black Sabbath type
riffs that got . Following Kyuss' break-up in late 1995, Homme
relocated from Palm Desert, Calif., to Seattle and spent two years
touring with the Mark Lanegan led Screaming Trees. Homme also
produced a long (and still running) series of Desert Session albums
for Man's Ruin Records (R.I.P.) that featured a cast of collaborating
musicians including former Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepard.
In 1997 Homme formed Queens of the Stone Age with
fellow Kyuss band mate Alfredo Hernandez and debuted on a split with
the currently deceased Kyuss later that year. Truly a change for Homme
the split contained three new tracks from QOTSA and three Kyuss songs.
Nick Oliveri, later joined, shortly after the release of the first
Ray: the first release from what would become QOTSA. The
name Gamma Ray was dropped when a heavy metal band also called Gamma
Ray, and had already copyrighted the name threatened to sue. Gamma Ray
was originally Josh Homme, John McBain (Monster Magnet), Van Conner
(Screaming Trees), and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden).
note - Nick Oliveri's "entrance" into QOTSA can be heard at the very end
of I was a teenage hand model on the self titled album.
of the Stone Age released their self-titled debut album in late 1998
on Loosegroove Records. Homme financed the album, and its was received
very well by critics. QOTSA was named by some as one of the most
important hard and heavy bands on the music scene. The following year,
the band was signed by Interscope, who released their Second LP Rated
R, in 2000.
R: The second QOTSA album featuring Josh on
lead vocals/guitar, Nick on Bass/vocals, Gene Troutmann on the Drums,
and a variety of others playing a variety of instruments. Rated
R gave QOTSA a small taste of stardom with their slightly popular
single Lost Art of Keeping a Secret, and the song of which I play the
beat of at every opportunity i have on every instrument possible, The
Feel Good Hit of the Summer.
their next album, QOTSA joined forces with A Perfect Circle guitarist
Troy Van Leuween for rhythm guitar. They also hooked with Foo Fighter
front man Dave Grohl (who drummed on all but one track), and Dean Ween
for 2002’s Songs
for the Deaf. The record, with its breakout single, “No One
Knows,” landed on many year-end critic’s top-ten lists and brought
the band more commercial success than ever before. The commercial
success was not received well by fans however, the precious QOTSA
bulletin board was swamped by newbies who heard "No One
Knows" and thought it was a Grohl side project. Grohl soon exited
to rejoin the Foo Fighters, thereby continuing QOTSA’s long-standing
QOTSA Settled down? After Dave Grohl departs from QOTSA, Josh, and
Nick knew they needed to find a new drummer, because, well that's how
a band works. For the duty of drummer, they call upon Joey Castillo,
former drummer of Danzig. The fans weren't all happy about the
change of drummers, and the newbies kept on asking questions such as
"Is Dave Grohl still touring with QOTSA?" and "Did Dave
leave because Josh gave him blue balls?" Although none of these
questions had an answer of yes following them, they kept on coming.
almost a year and a half of touring with QOTSA, the Dave questions
keep coming, QOTSA keeps rocking, the QOTSA bulletin board
occasionally gets attacked by shit eating AAF fans, and Clay Aiken is
...More To Come
Sources - Rolling
Stone Article; Biography: Queens of the stone age.