Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band consisting of Josh Homme on lead vocals, guitar and piano, Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar, lap steel, keyboard, percussion and backing vocals, Michael Shuman, bass guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals, Dean Fertita, keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals, as well as Jon Theodore on drums and percussion.
The band was formed in 1996 by founder Josh Homme and was originally name Gamma Ray, before they were forced to change their name due to legal issues, with another band already using the name.
Queens of the Stone Age became well known for their ability to adapt their rock styles. From heavy metal sounds to the softer bluesy-rock songs, coupled with Josh Homme’s insatiable energy and oddity; Queens of the Stone Age became a hit with their loyal fan-base.
The Queens of the Stone Age second studio album Rated-R was the first album that got the band noticed on the burgeoning rock scene, which their references to alcohol and illicit substances. The band’s controversial nature got them noticed by the public, and when the album was released in the UK, it reached the top 20 on the UK Album Chart.
On the band’s Rated-R Tour, the band shocked fans when bassist (at the time) Nick Oliveri appeared naked during their performance and they continued to shock fans from other countries as they embraced their rock ' n’ roll lifestyle which made the band’s popularity soar to greater heights.
In 2001, with the addition of ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl who joined Queens of the Stage Age for their 2002 release ‘Songs for the Deaf’, Queens of the Stone Age achieved the highest commercial success of their career to date; with the album selling a million copies in Europe and nearly the same amount in the United States. Songs like “No One Knows”, and “Go with the Flow” earned the band two ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’ Grammy nominations.
Songs for the Deaf was given two accolades: the NME 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade and Uncut’s Albums of the Decade and gained platinum certification in the UK and gained worldwide recognition.
The Queens of the Stone Age tour in 2004 was highly successful, however; things changed when frontman Josh Homme and bassist Nick Oliveri fell out over an allegation of domestic violence by Nick Oliveri with his girlfriend. Nick Oliveri departed the band and took with him some tracks that were intended for the band’s next album.
‘Lullabies to Paralyze’ was the band’s fourth studio album and reached #5 on the US Billboard Chart. The album featured many top artists including Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, amongst others, and the band went on to receive massive publicity when they appeared on Saturday Night Live.
During the late 2000s Queens of the Stone Age completed work on their seventh album Era Vulgaris and embarked on their Duluth Tour which involved travelling to unknown places in the US, and included several stops in the UK. During this period the band went through several band changes, which resulted in the many side projects.
In 2010, Queens of the Stone Age re-released a deluxe version of their album Rated-R and went to perform at Glastonbury in 2011 and US festival Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary at the Alpine Valley.
Queens of the Stone Age tickets UK went on sale for their show at Download Festival in early 2013, and the band released their new album “… Like Clockwork” on 3rd June 2013, and premiered the album at Lollapollooza festival in Brazil.