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.
Nick Lucero was a drummer for the band.
Dave Grohl was a drummer for the band.
Gene Trautmann was a drummer for the band.
Mike Johnson was a bassist for the band.
Van "The Kid" Conner was a bassist for the band.
Nick Oliveri was a bassist for the band.
Dan Druff was a bassist for the band.
John McBain was a guitarist for the band.
Dave Catching was a guitarist for the band.
Brendon McNichol was a guitarist for the band.
Mark Lanegan was previously a vocalist for the band.
The current lineup is:
· Joshua Homme
· Joey Castillo
· Troy Van Leeuwen
· Natasha Shneider
· Alain Johannes
In July 2006, the band confirmed that they're back in the studio, writing for their new album.
In June 2006, in an interview on the Australian radio station Triple J, Jesse Keeler, the bassist from Death from Above (1979), said that he would be playing bass on the new Queens of the Stone Age album, but said that he would more than likely not be touring with the band.
In March 2006, Chris said in an interview with Modern Guitars Magazine that he and Josh are again teaming up to produce the next album.
Josh's former Kyuss bandmate John Garcia joined the band onstage at the Wiltern LG in Los Angeles on December 20, 2005. As a special encore they performed three Kyuss songs: "Thumb", "Hurricane" and "Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop". This was the first time that Homme and Garcia had played together since 1997.
Nine Inch Nails guitarist Aaron North appeared as an onstage guest on December 19 and 20, 2005 at the Wiltern LG in Los Angeles playing "Monsters in the Parasol" and "Long, Slow Goodbye".
The band has supported Nine Inch Nails on their 'With Teeth' tour.
"Over The Years And Through The Woods" featured a live concert filmed in London and included rare videos of songs from 1998 to 2005 as bonus features.
"Over The Years And Through The Woods" was released on 22 November 2005.
The band have released a live album/DVD set called "Over the Years and Through the Woods".
Billy Gibbons appeared on "Lullabies to Paralyze."
"Lullabies To Paralyze" debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Music Chart.
"Lullabies To Paralyze" was released on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005 in the US.
Their fourth album, "Lullabies to Paralyze," was leaked onto the Internet in February 2005, a month before its official release.
Despite Mark Lanegan reportedly turning down an invitation to remain with the band, he recorded vocals on new tracks and appeared with the band on tour as scheduling and his health permitted.
'Lullabies to Paralyze' (the name of their fourth album) was taken from a lyric on the last song of the album "Songs for the Deaf", 'Mosquito Song.'
Josh joined eleven multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, A Perfect Circle guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and Castillo to record a new album for 2005, which they called "Lullabies to Paralyze."
Josh claimed in a radio interview in 2005 that Nick was fired because Josh was convinced that he had been physically abusive to his girlfriend.
Nick Oliveri was officially fired for what was said to be disrespect of the group's fans and excessive partying.
The singles "No One Knows" and "Go With the Flow," off "Songs For The Deaf", became hits on radio and MTV.
"Songs For The Deaf" reached gold status in 2003.
Josh says that the worst gig they ever played was in 2002 at the Rock am Ring festival in Germany. He says it was "the worst show we've ever played and it was in front of 40,000 people." The band then decided to tattoo themselves with "Freitag 4.15" - the time they started to play.
Paz Lenchantin appeared on "Mosquito Song."
After the release of "Songs for the Deaf", Dave Grohl returned to other projects, so former Danzig drummer Joey Castillo had to fill his spot during the European leg of the supporting tour. He later joined the band full-time.
Mark Lanegan, the ex-Screaming Trees vocalist, appeared on "Songs for the Deaf".
Their third album, "Songs For The Deaf", was released in August 2002.
Dave Grohl joined the band as a drummer for their third album.
The Queens of the Stone Age performed at Ozzfest 2002.
The Queens of the Stone Age have opened for Hole.
The Queens of the Stone Age have opened for the Foo Fighters.
"Rated R" wowed critics, but found little commercial success.
Rob Halford did a guest spot on their song "Feel Good Hit of the Summer."
Rob Halford appeared on their second album, "Rated R."
Brendon McNichol appeared on their second album, "Rated R."
Dave Catching appeared on their second album, "Rated R."
Nick Lucero appeared on their second album, "Rated R."
Josh is the only original member still in the band.
Alfredo Hernandez has left the band.
At the end of their debut album's final song, "I Was a Teenage Hand Model", a recording of a phone message which plays the Nick Oliveri's voice stating his decision to join the band can be heard.
Soon after the recording sessions were finished for their debut album, former Kyuss bandmates, bassist Nick Oliveri and guitarist Dave Catching joined the band and touring commenced to promote the album.
In the fall of 1998, they released their self-titled debut album, "Queens of the Stone Age", which was recorded with Josh playing both guitar and bass guitar, Alfredo Hernandez on the drums, and several other instrumental and vocal contributions by Chris Goss and Hutch.
Josh changed the name to Queens of the Stone Age in 1997, when German power metal band Gamma Ray were threatening to sue.
Their debut, self-titled album was released on 'Loose Groove.'
All albums since their second one have been released by Interscope Records.
In describing their music, Josh said he "wanted to create a heavy sound based on a solid jam, and just pound it into your head."
Josh describes their music as "robot rock."
The band was originally formed as Gamma Ray by drummer Alfredo Hernandez and guitarist Josh Homme.
The band was formed in 1997.
The band was formed in Palm Desert, California.
Lullabies to Paralyze (2005)
Songs for the Deaf (2002)
Rated R (2000)
Troy Van Leeuwen, former A Perfect Circle guitarist is now a permanent member of the band since 2004.
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.
Josh: 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 also just 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 is happy and it's more of a party. Kings of the Stone Age, is too lopsided.
Nick: 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.
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