Josh Homme: ‘My guitar solos are nonsense’

The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman sings the praises of ZZ Top and Jimi Hendrix

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has explained that his guitar solos are ‘nonsense’.

In a new episode of the Noisey series Guitar Moves, hosted by Matt Sweeney, Homme speaks about how he believes that guitar solos should make fun of guitar solos. He said:

Guitar solos to me, should be a really articulate way to make fun of guitar solos. My guitar solos [have] gotten to nonsense and sometimes they sound like nonsense, but they’re played on purpose.

In the video, which can be viewed above, Homme also talks about learning guitar tricks off Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and his early influences. He comments: “I grew up listening to early ZZ Top – those records blew my mind. And I listened to Hendrix first and to me Hendrix is the ultimate guitar player. To me there’s two Jimmys: there’s Jimi Hendrix and there’s Jimmy Page.” The next show in the series will feature Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.


Queens Of The Stone Age have announced that they will play a tiny instore gig at London’s Rough Trade East. The band will play the east London record shop on June 11 at 9.30pm. Wristbands for entry are available from and are limited to one per customer. The gig will precede their appearance at Download Festival the following weekend (June 15). They will also play an iTunes Festival show at London’s Roundhouse on September 6.

Queens Of The Stone Age are currently streaming their forthcoming new album ‘…Like Clockwork’ ahead of its official release on June 3. Listen to their sixth album online at ‘…Like Clockwork’ is made up of 10 tracks and was produced by frontman Josh Homme and the band at Pink Duck in Burbank, California and features a list of guest stars, including Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters.

The band debuted all of their new material at a show at The Wiltern last week in Los Angeles. At the gig, which was their first North American performance of the year, they played new material alongside a number of classic tracks such as ‘Song For The Dead’, ‘First It Giveth’, ‘No One Knows’ and ‘Make It Wit Chu’ in front of an all-star crowd that included Morrissey, Jack White, Alex Turner and Trent Reznor.