Queens of the Stone Age

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  • This highly acclaimed Palm Desert, California, USA-based heavy rock band was formed from the ashes of Kyuss, the stoner rock legends who split up in 1995 after several years of critical acclaim and negligible commercial success. After leaving Kyuss, guitarist Joshua Homme toured with Soundgarden and issued several singles under the name Gamma Ray. He also found the time to work on the Desert Session series for Man's Ruin Records, recording with a loose aggregation of musicians at the Mojave Desert Studio. Homme subsequently began writing songs with former Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernandez, and cooked up the provocative Queens Of The Stone Age moniker. They debuted on a split EP at the end of 1997, recording three new tracks to go alongside three Kyuss b-sides. Original Kyuss bass player Nick Oliveri, who had been playing with the Dwarves, joined up in time to help record the Queens Of The Stone Age's self-titled 1998 debut album. A minimalist update on Kyuss' acid-tinged desert rock sound, the album included the US alternative radio hit, "If Only". Hernandez left before the release of Rated R; which was recorded with a fluctuating line-up including drummers Gene Troutman and Nicky Lucero, pianist/lap steel guitarist Dave Catching, and guest vocalists Mark Lanegan (lead on "In The Fade") and Rob Halford. The album opened with the controversial "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer", the lyrics to which comprise a checklist of the band's favourite drugs. The hit single "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" and much that follows has warmly nostalgic undertones of Spirit and Cream, helping create a melodic and inventive riposte to critics who attacked stoner rock bands for being repetitive and one dimensional, with the subtle musical touches and taut arrangements helping create an eclectic masterpiece. Homme and Oliveri were joined by the Foo Fighters' leader Dave Grohl on recording sessions for their blisteringly good third album. Grohl also played drums on tour with the band.moreless

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    • Josh: Basically, if there was a negative rumor that someone brought up to me I would just encourage it... like when someone was saying: Well, Mark got fired, Lanegan, you know. And I was like: Yeah, Mark is fired, too, yeah. But he was just touring his own solo record, you know.

    • Nick: Me, Mark [Lanegan], Josh [Homme] and Hutch, our soundman, have the same tattoo, it's from Rock am Ring festival. The time we had to play was 4.15 in the afternoon and it was just a terrible show. It sucked, it was horrible. That's why I tattooed it on my ribs, where it would hurt, so I'd never forget.

    • Josh: A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumor I heard. I said, 'If I ever find out that this is true, I can't know you, man.'

    • Josh: 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.'

    • Josh: It really is more of a musical experiment.... It keeps moving and reinventing itself. That way we never get painted into a corner.

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    • In 1997 the line-up consisted of Josh Homme, Matt Cameron, Van Conner, and John McBain.

    • Their first live appearance was at the OK Hotel in Seattle on November 20 1997.

    • Mario Lalli substituted for Dave Catching for a while.

    • Matt Cameron was a drummer for the band.

    • Alfredo Hernandez was a drummer for the band.

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