Josh Homme

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Joshua Michael "Josh" Homme (born May 17, 1973 in Palm Desert , California ) is an American rock musician and record producer. He became known as a member of various bands such as the Kyuss (guitar) and Eagles of Death Metal (drums), which he co-founded , as the only permanent member of the Queens of the Stone Age (guitar, vocals) or as part of the supergroup Them Crooked, which was founded in 2009 Vultures (guitar, vocals).


Josh Homme is the younger of two sons from Michael and Irene Homme. As a guitarist and founding member of Kyuss , Homme created the style of stoner rock with the band during his school days at Palm Desert Highschool , whose sound was largely based on the deep guitar tuning Hommes. So he tuned his guitar down by four or more semitones and sometimes used a bass amplifier. When the band split in 1995, they had released four albums since 1990 and earned cult-like status in their worldwide fan base. The big commercial breakthrough did not materialize, however.

Homme then paused for almost a year before he appeared again as a musician for a few concerts with the grunge band Screaming Trees in Seattle as the second guitarist.

With the initiation of the Desert Sessions in 1997, he went back to his own music projects and founded together with the ex- Kyuss -Schlagzeuger Alfredo Hernández , the band Gamma Ray , which he later due to legal differences with the same German band in Queens of the Stone Age renamed . On the debut album of the same name, which was released in 1998, Homme took over the complete vocals for the first time and created what he himself called Robot Rock , which was characterized by minimalist drumming and recurring guitar riffs .

In 2001, Homme played the guitars for Tenacious D's first studio album . With the songs for the Deaf , released in 2002 , the third album of the Queens of the Stone Age, the band had their big commercial breakthrough, which allowed Homme to devote more time to his side projects.

In addition to the desert sessions he held at irregular intervals, Homme also played drums in the band Eagles of Death Metal, which he co-founded . He released albums of his side projects on his own label RekordsRekords . Homme's friendship with James Lavelle led to his participation in the UNKLE albums "Never, Never Land" and "War Stories" on one song each. He also contributed to the soundtrack of the film Lost Heaven (2002).

Josh Homme devoted himself to the music project Them Crooked Vultures in 2009 , on which Dave Grohl (frontman of the Foo Fighters ) and John Paul Jones , the bassist of Led Zeppelin , also participated. In the same year he produced the Arctic Monkeys' third studio album entitled Humbug .

Together with the British band Florence + the Machine , Homme recorded a cover version of the song Jackson, originally sung by Johnny Cash and June Carter , at their MTV Unplugged concert in 2012 . Rolling Stone's Matthew Perpetua called the song one of the highlights of the show.

In January 2016 it was announced that Homme, together with Queens colleague Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, had worked on the new Iggy Pop album Post Pop Depression and that he will go on tour in this constellation. On this tour, the four musicians are complemented by Matt Sweeney and the other Queens member Troy Van Leeuwen .

In 2017 he co-directed the documentary American Valhalla with Andreas Neumann. In the same year recorded Homme for the soundtrack to the movie drama out of nothing by Fatih Akin responsible.


Homme was dating Brody Dalle , the front woman of the punk rock band The Distillers , from 2003 . The couple married in 2005. In the fall of 2019, Dalle filed for divorce. You are the parents of a daughter (* 2006) and two sons (* 2011 and * 2016).


In November 2004, Homme stayed in the backstage area before a concert by the band The Dwarves , where there was a violent argument with singer Blag Dahlia, during which Homme smashed a beer bottle on Dahlia's skull. Dahlia was lacerated and had to be hospitalized. In 2005, a California court sentenced Homme to 36 months suspended prison sentence for aggravated assault. The court's requirements included 60 days of inpatient drug treatment, aggression management and 15 days of community hours with the Hollywood Beautification Team in Los Angeles. He also had to pay compensation to Dahlia.

During a knee operation, Homme suffered a cardiac arrest in October 2010 , but was resuscitated. During his two-week hospital stay and four months of being bedridden, Homme fell into severe depression .

At a KROQ concert in Los Angeles in 2017, Homme of the photographer Chelsea Lauren stepped in front of her camera, which hit Lauren in the face and slightly injured her. After the incident, Lauren was hospitalized for one night. Homme published a written apology the next day.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Jane Rocca: Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme: What I know about women. In: The Sydney Morning Herald of August 19, 2018
  2. Matthew Perpetua: Florence Welch: Covering Johnny Cash With Josh Homme a 'Dream Scenario'. In: Rolling Stone of April 5, 2012
  3. Joe Gamp: Josh Homme and Brody Dalle announce birth of third child, Wolf. In: New Musical Express of February 17, 2016
  4. Josh Homme. Guilty verdict and three years probation. In: from June 13, 2005
  5. Charlie Amter: Queens of the Stone Age singer Cops Plea. In: from June 16, 2005
  6. Jamie Fullerton: Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme: "I died on a hospital table" . In: New Musical Express from January 19, 2011
  7. ^ David Whitehouse: Queens Of The Stone Age: Josh Homme comes back from the brink . In: The Guardian, June 1, 2013
  8. Steve Baltin, Stuart Oldham: Josh Homme Kicks Female Photographer in the Head at KROQ Acoustic Christmas. In: Variety of December 10, 2017