Terrific trivia on Josh Homme and Co.
Is there anyone left for QOTSA frontman Josh Homme to collaborate with? He’s rattled through musicians from some of rock’s most iconic bands including Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and Primal Scream. Now that he’s announced a new album with Iggy Pop and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders it’d be easy to forget how he made his name. So here’s 50 things you never knew about Homme’s main outfit Queens Of The Stone Age.
On naming the band, Josh said, “Kings would be too macho. The Kings Of The Stone Age wear armour 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. Rock should be heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls. That way everyone’s happy and it’s more of a party.”
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Homme was inspired to play guitar by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins. Homme declared, “The first record I bought was a Carl Perkins record, because I saw him at The Festival at Sandpoint, Idaho. I loved Elvis and I found out that he [Carl Perkins] wrote ‘Blue Suede Shoes… That’s when I realised I wanted to play guitar”.
During Queens Of The Stone Age’s gig at the Norwegian Wood festival in 2008, Josh Homme was so irritated with a fan that he threw a bottle at him. This was to return the gesture to the culprit who Homme deemed a “miserable fucking c***”. Before the man in question was evicted, Homme asked the Oslo crowd if they “wanna throw something at him too or are you all cool?”
After the incident at the Norwegian Wood festival, Homme was accused of being a homophobe. This was due to hurling words like “faggot” and saying he would “butt-fuck” the man who hurled his shoe at him. This prompted Homme to defend his actions by saying “my gay family & friends, as well as myself, KNOW I am not a homophobe. For years now I’ve known gay is not a choice”.
In November 2010, three of Kyuss’s members – John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork – announced plans to tour under the moniker “Kyuss Lives!” with guitarist Bruno Fevery replacing Homme. However Homme filed a lawsuit against them for improper use of the Kyuss name, thus resulting in a cut-short tour.