Josh Homme

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Josh Homme
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Homme performing in December 2017
Background information
Birth name Joshua Michael Homme
Also known as
  • Baby Duck
  • Carlo Von Sexron
  • J.Ho
  • Ginger Elvis
  • DP Pete
  • Zombie Zebra
  • Mr. Lucky
  • Big Boot
Born (1973-05-17) May 17, 1973 (age 45)
Joshua Tree, California, U.S.
Origin Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
  • actor
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass
  • drums
Years active 1985–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website qotsa.com

Joshua Michael Homme (/ˈhɒmi/ HOM-ee;[8] born May 17, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age, in which he sings, plays guitar, as well as occasionally playing piano, drums, and bass. He also serves as the band's primary songwriter.

Homme was formerly a guitarist and founder of the stoner rock band Kyuss. He co-founded and occasionally performs with Eagles of Death Metal, playing drums and bass for their studio recordings, and produces a musical improv series with other musicians, mostly from the Palm Desert Scene, known as The Desert Sessions. In 2009, he formed a new project called Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, who released their debut album that same year. In 2016, he released Post Pop Depression, an album with Iggy Pop.[9] He has been involved with numerous other projects, including Arctic Monkeys and Biffy Clyro.

Early life

Joshua Michael Homme was born in Joshua Tree, California on May 17, 1973.[10] He grew up in an affluent family in Palm Desert, California. His paternal grandfather, Cap, moved to the area from North Dakota. Homme's surname is of Norwegian origin and is believed to come from the town of Valle. His additional ancestry includes English, French-Canadian, German, Jewish, and Swedish.[11] The Homme family have a local street named after them in a golfing community, and Cap has a park named after him in an exclusive enclave of the Coachella Valley.[12] In 2011, Homme discussed having to "create your own fun" as a child growing up in the desert, stating that he did not start playing music to "get girls or make money" and that he assumed that he would grow up to be "a good contractor like [his] dad".[13]

Homme also has ties in Idaho and has talked in the past about spending summers there, including shaping experiences such as seeing Carl Perkins perform at the Sandpoint Music Festival and buying his first electric guitar (his Ovation Ultra GP) in a Sandpoint music store.[14][15] He began playing guitar at the age of nine, after his parents denied his wishes for a drum kit. He took polka lessons on guitar from ages nine to eleven, during which he supposedly did not learn of a barre chord for the first two years, nor of a pick until his third year, lending to his unique playing style.[16] Homme joined his first band, Autocracy, in 1985, at the age of 12.

Career

Kyuss (1987–1995)

In 1987, when he was 14 years old, Homme formed a punk rock-influenced heavy metal band with schoolmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork in Palm Desert called Katzenjammer; he was the band's guitarist. After changing their name a few times, first to Sons of Kyuss (they released an EP of the same name), they finally shortened it to Kyuss. The band garnered a cult following by the early 1990s, often driving for hours to isolated locations in the desert and plugging into generators to perform. These events, known as "generator parties", became urban legend among rock subculture.[17] The band became both famous for their heavy, down tuned, groove oriented music, and infamous for their backstage fights with local LA bands when they traveled into town to play gigs. This soon brought the attention of Chris Goss, who became the band's mentor, helping the band sign to a label and producing them exclusively in an effort to preserve their sound. Due to Homme being younger than 18 at the time of the band's signing, his parents had to sign on his behalf. Kyuss released three major label albums, Blues for the Red Sun, Welcome to Sky Valley, and ...And the Circus Leaves Town, all of which are often cited as cornerstones to the development of the stoner rock genre in the 1990s. Kyuss partially reformed in 2010 (now known as Vista Chino), but Homme opted out of the reunion.[18]

Queens of the Stone Age (1996–present)

Queens of the Stone Age performing at the Eurockéennes festival near Belfort, France, July 1, 2007. From left to right: Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman

When Kyuss split up in 1995, Homme joined the Screaming Trees as a rhythm guitarist,[19] touring but not recording with the band. He and vocalist Mark Lanegan became close friends during this time. Disliking the band's continual disharmony, Homme left after just over one year with them. He founded Gamma Ray,[20] a group more centered to his unique style and tastes, which later became Queens of the Stone Age in 1997. The first release under this name would be the Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age compilation EP featuring tracks from both Kyuss and songs recorded from the Gamma Ray sessions. Shortly thereafter, Queens of the Stone Age released their eponymous debut album in 1998. Originally, Homme had asked a number of singers, including Lanegan, to perform as lead vocalist for Queens of the Stone Age, but ended up singing for the first time in his career.

Following their debut album, Queens of the Stone Age released the next album, Rated R, during which the band used a wider range of instruments to achieve a more relaxed, spacious and psychedelic sound.[21] Though it differed from the band's debut, Rated R became Queens of the Stone Age's first mainstream hit. The next release, 2002's Songs for the Deaf, however, would gain even more buzz from the music community and fans alike.[22] In Songs for the Deaf, Homme continued his filtering of stoner rock and hard rock. The album centers on Homme's memories of uncomfortable rides through the California desert, where he had performed in his days with Kyuss, and where there was little to do but listen to Spanish radio stations.[23]

During this time, Homme had a falling out with bassist and friend Nick Oliveri. Following the release of Songs for the Deaf, their relationship deteriorated until Homme fired Oliveri from the band in 2004.[24] Homme began writing their next album, Lullabies to Paralyze, named after a lyric from the Songs for the Deaf hidden track "Mosquito Song". Lullabies to Paralyze debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and was QOTSA's best charting album on the Billboard 200 to date.

Queens of the Stone Age's fifth album, Era Vulgaris, was released in early June 2007 and received generally positive reviews from critics.[25][26][27] Following the album's touring cycle, the band took a break to focus on individual projects, during which Homme continued to produce and create more records outside the band. This break would unintentionally turn into a six-year gap between albums.

In 2010, following his work with rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, Homme began performing more live shows with QOTSA. Following a deluxe reissue of Rated R, a 2011 re-release of their debut album and corresponding tour followed, featuring the album played front to back in the style in which it was recorded. This was the first time many of the songs had been performed live since the album's original release.

On June 4, 2013, after a tumultuous writing and recording process, Queens of the Stone Age released their sixth album, ...Like Clockwork, receiving high praise from critics[28] as well as topping the Billboard 200 charts. ...Like Clockwork highlights Homme's collaborative recording process and features guests such as Sir Elton John, Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Jake Shears, Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri, and Homme's wife Brody Dalle.

Their seventh album, Villains, was released on August 25, 2017.

The Desert Sessions (1997–present)

Homme founded The Desert Sessions in 1997 at the Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, describing it as a musical collective series "that cannot be defined". He stated:

At Desert Sessions, you play for the sake of music. That's why it's good for musicians. If someday that's not enough anymore, or that's not the reason behind you doing it – that's not your raison d'être – then a quick reminder like Desert Sessions can do so much for you, it's amazing. It's easy to forget that this all starts from playing in your garage and loving it.

The recordings are done "on the spot" in a matter of hours, and the line-up constantly changes, with new contributors being added for each new recording. Artists such as PJ Harvey, Twiggy Ramirez, Dave Catching, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Ben Shepherd, John McBain, Josh Freese, Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, Dean Ween, and many others from the Palm Desert Scene have contributed to The Desert Sessions recordings.

So far, ten volumes from The Desert Sessions have been released. Homme has stated to NME, among others, that he would record more material with The Desert Sessions.

Eagles of Death Metal (1998–present)

In 1998, Homme formed Eagles of Death Metal with friend Jesse Hughes. Recordings from this project first appeared on Homme's The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 & 4, released that year. Over the next few years, Homme became distracted from EoDM due to the success of Queens of the Stone Age. However, in an October 2008 interview, he re-affirmed his commitment to the band saying, "This isn't a side project for me. I'm in two bands. I have musical schizophrenia, and this is one of those personalities.[29]

So far the band has released four albums: Peace, Love, Death Metal in 2004, Death by Sexy in 2006, Heart On in 2008 and most recently Zipper Down in 2015. Due to his commitments with Queens of the Stone Age and other projects, Homme does not regularly tour with Eagles of Death Metal, but occasionally makes appearances during live performances.

Them Crooked Vultures (2009–present)

In July 2009, it was revealed that Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones were recording together for a musical project named Them Crooked Vultures.[30][31] The trio performed their first show together on August 9, 2009 in Chicago at The Metro to a crowd of approximately 1,100 ticketholders. The band has been steadily touring with live rhythm guitarist/auxiliary man Alain Johannes.[32] Their album, Them Crooked Vultures, was released by Interscope Records in the United States on November 17, 2009, and by Sony Music internationally.[33] They performed on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest on February 6, 2010, and at Austin City Limits on October 2, 2009. Them Crooked Vultures won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011.[34][35]

Other projects

Homme in 2007

Other acts with which Homme has collaborated include Mondo Generator, Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, Fatso Jetson, Mark Lanegan Band, Trent Reznor, Masters of Reality, Millionaire, Wellwater Conspiracy, U.N.K.L.E., Primal Scream, Melissa Auf der Maur, Paz Lenchantin, Death from Above 1979, Earthlings?, Mastodon, Peaches, The Strokes, Local H, Biffy Clyro, and Arctic Monkeys. He also collaborated with The Prodigy's Liam Howlett for a remix of The Prodigy track "Take Me to the Hospital" in August 2009. It was re-titled "Take Me to the Hospital (Josh Homme and Liam H.'s wreckage remix)".

Homme contributed (along with Nick Oliveri and Brad Wilk) to the soundtrack for the 2002 film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.[36][37] He and Alain Johannes were originally meant to develop a score for the video game Spec Ops in 2005, however the project was cancelled (before it would become Spec Ops: The Line in 2012) and any work done on the game would go unused.[38] Homme was also to provide music including a cover of Joe Walsh's In the City for the 2005 video game adaption of the classic film The Warriors, which also went unused.[39]

Homme was notably featured on the compilations Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen on the song "Stone Cold Crazy" alongside Eleven, Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three, as well as the Turbonegro tribute Alpha Motherfuckers as part of QOTSA covering the song "Back To Dungaree High". The very first use of the QOTSA name was on the compilation album Burn One Up! Music For Stoners featuring a one off lineup of Homme and Dave Catching with Beaver rhythm section Milo Beenhakker and Eva Nahon recording the Catching-penned "18 A.D.".

Homme, along with friend and Kyuss/QOTSA contributor/producer Chris Goss, performed as "The 5:15ers" at the inaugural ArthurBall (an offshoot of the ArthurFest festival) in Los Angeles on January 26, 2006.[40] The two were credited as "The Fififf Teeners" when they co-produced QOTSA's second album, Rated R, and 2007 album, Era Vulgaris.

Homme produced most of the Arctic Monkeys album Humbug[41] as well as providing backing vocals to "All My Own Stunts" on their album Suck It and See. He also appears on their 5th album AM, providing vocals for the tracks, "One For the Road" and "Knee Socks".[42]

In June 2010, Homme appeared on the Comedy Central series Tosh.0 to do an unplugged duet version of the hit viral song What What with Internet celebrity Samwell. He also provided the theme song to Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, the show formerly known as Aqua Teen Hunger Force.[43] Homme also collaborated with Mark Lanegan to provide the theme music for Anthony Bourdain's travel show Parts Unknown.

In May 2012, it was revealed on Dean Delray's comedy podcast "Let There Be Talk" that Homme would make a guest appearance on the release from Nick Oliveri's project Mondo Generator called Hell Comes To Your Heart.[44] The album was recorded over three days at Homme's Pink Duck Studios and features Homme playing guitar on the album's final track, "The Last Train"; this is the first music Homme and Oliveri have collaborated with since their public falling out in 2004. "The Last Train" also features fellow former Kyuss bandmate John Garcia providing vocals, which was recorded shortly before Homme's lawsuit with Garcia regarding the Kyuss Lives! band name. It was the first time Homme had collaborated with Garcia since 1997.

In June 2012, it was revealed that Homme would be starring in Glen Campbell's final music video for the song "A Better Place".[45] In the video, Homme plays a bartender that shows Campbell a photo album of his life, from his early childhood through his music career to the present day. The video marked the end of Campbell's musical career, a retrospect on his life following his decision to retire following his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

Homme made a very brief cameo at the end of Jack White's music video for "Freedom at 21", playing a police officer who intercepts White at a roadblock following White's escapades throughout the video.

Josh Homme at the Eurockéennes de Belfort 2011

In September 2012, he contributed the song "Nobody to Love" for the action-drama End of Watch.

In early 2013, Homme and fellow Queens contributors including Alain Johannes and Chris Goss recorded to the soundtrack of Dave Grohl's Sound City: Real to Reel. Goss, Johannes and Homme were on three tracks each. Josh is notably included in a collaboration with Grohl and Trent Reznor called Mantra, and he was also featured in an interview segment.[46]

Homme has appeared in a number of television comedies. In December 2014, Homme made an appearance on Channel 4 sitcom Toast of London. The star of the show, Matt Berry, had been working alongside Morgana Robinson (the half-sister of Homme's wife, Brody Dalle) in the BBC sitcom House of Fools (2014–2015), in which both had prominent roles. Earlier in the year, Homme also made appearances on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! and Portlandia.

In July 2015, Homme began hosting a weekly hour-long show called The Alligator Hour with Joshua Homme on Apple Music's newly debuted 24-hour streaming internet radio station Beats 1.[47][48] The show features a highly eclectic selection of songs personally selected by Homme, interspersed with his own (often wry) introductions of, and commentary about, the various tracks on that particular week's playlist.[49] The Alligator Hour's musical selections typically have some sort of thematic, stream-of-consciousness-type relationship to each other.

Homme released a surprise album with Iggy Pop titled Post Pop Depression in March 2016. The nine-track album was recorded at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, as well as his Homme's Burbank studio Pink Duck. Their backing band included Dean Fertita of QOTSA and Dead Weather on guitar and keyboards, and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders; the two joined Pop and Homme on tour, along with Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar and Matt Sweeney on bass. The band made their debut on January 21, 2016 on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, announcing the album, and proceeded on a North American and European theatre tour that March, culminating in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, filmed and released as a concert DVD. The album's recording was also fimed and compiled into the 2017 documentary American Valhalla.[50]

In October 2016, the Homme produced debut album from The Strokes' Nick Valensi's new band, CRX, titled New Skin was released.[51]

In 2017, he composed the score for Fatih Akin's German-language drama In the Fade, named after the QOTSA song on Rated R.[52]

Personal life

On December 3, 2005, Homme married singer and musician Brody Dalle of The Distillers. They reside in Palm Springs, California with their daughter, Camille Harley Joan Homme (born January 17, 2006), and two sons, Orrin Ryder Homme (born August 12, 2011) and Wolf Dillon Reece Homme (born February 13, 2016).[53]

Homme has over 20 tattoos. On his knuckles, he has his grandparents' nicknames ("Cam" for "Camille" on the left and "Cap" on the right) with hearts and his two sons' names ("ORH" for "Orrin Ryder Homme" and "Wolf"). He has his daughter's name, also Camille, tattooed over his heart. His left arm has a switchblade with "Stay Sharp" underneath, while his inner right arm has a straight-edge razor with "Born to Win" inscribed; underneath, his nickname, "Baby Duck", is a shared tattoo with his Eagles of Death Metal bandmate Jesse Hughes, who has his nickname "Boots Electric" in the same location. Homme also shares a tattoo that says "Freitag 4:15" with former Queens of the Stone Age bandmates Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan and their sound engineer Hutch, commemorating their "worst show ever" at the Rock Am Ring Festival in Germany on Friday, June 1, 2001, at 4:15 pm. They all got the tattoo on their ribs so that it would hurt the most and serve as a reminder.[54][55][56]

Homme has described himself as "very politically conservative" and "very socially liberal", considering himself a "fallen libertarian".[57] He owns several guns, including a classic Winchester rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, and a Beretta 9 mm target pistol.[57] He has only ever owned one car, a silver 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, which he has owned since he was 14.[58]

Homme said that he "died" of asphyxiation for a short time in 2010, following unexpected complications during knee surgery. He contracted a MRSA infection, which his immune system could not fight due to stress. Doctors eventually used a defibrillator to revive him following the asphyxiation. The experience left him weakened and unable to produce music for almost two years.[59] Following this, he was confined to his bed for three months and plunged into a deep depression, considering giving up his music career. He has said that this experience greatly contributed to the making of the Queens of the Stone Age album ...Like Clockwork.[60] He credits Transcendental Meditation with helping him recover.[61] In June 2016, he alluded that the story about his knee surgery may have been created by "somebody else", adding that he went "in too deep" involving drugs and sank into a depression.[62]

Pseudonyms

Homme adopted the pseudonym "Carlo Von Sexron" to credit his playing of bass, keyboard, piano, and drums on such albums as The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 & 4, Queens of the Stone Age, and Peace, Love, Death Metal from Eagles of Death Metal.[63] Homme is known as "(King) Baby Duck" to Dalle and the members of Eagles of Death Metal.[64] He is also referred to as "J.Ho.", "Joe's Hoe" and "The Ginger Elvis".[65] In an interview, Nick Oliveri refers to Homme as "Mr. Lucky".[66]

Legal issues and controversy

Homme in July 2007

In 2004, Homme was arrested for assaulting Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia and Karl Doyle, at Los Angeles' Dragonfly club. Pleading no contest, Homme was ordered to remain at least 100 yards (91.44 meters) away from Dahlia and the club, was sentenced to 3 years probation with community service, and was forced to enter a rehab program for 60 days.[67]

At the 2008 Norwegian Wood festival in Oslo, Homme drew criticism for his reaction to an audience member who had thrown a shoe at him during the song "3's & 7's".[68][69] Homme called the audience member a "chicken-shit fucking faggot" and "a 12-year-old dickless fucking turd". The incident drew accusations of homophobia from several blogs, which were then picked up by the mainstream media.[70][71] Homme replied with a lengthy public letter denying all accusations of homophobia, and stated that the tirade was aggravated by food poisoning and a high fever.[72][73]

Following a performance by QOTSA at the Jay-Z-owned Made in America Festival in 2013, Homme made comments about Jay-Z during a radio interview with CBC Radio 2's Strombo Show. He explained that his band was frisked by the event's security team prior to the performance and referred to Jay-Z's personal interaction with the band as a marketing stunt:

He has his security frisking the bands on the way in. I just told them if you open up my bag I'm not playing so I guess it's up to you whether we are playing or not... the idea they frisked all my guys, means you're in some different place, no-one has ever done that [to me]... he also gave us some champagne and wanted us to take a photo with it. And I thought, that's not a gift, that is a marketing tool. So I destroyed it. Because I thought it was rude overall. And you shouldn't frisk my guys, you should fuck off.[74]

In 2016, Homme was involved in a verbal altercation with autograph seller Jason Leckrone, who eyewitnesses said was taunting Homme for not signing autographs. Homme began to argue with Leckrone and called him an "entitled, spoiled motherfucker".[75] In 2017, Leckrone filed a lawsuit against Homme for assault and battery.[76]

In December 2017, Homme was captured on video kicking the camera of Shutterstock photographer Chelsea Lauren into her face during KROQ's 'Almost Christmas' concert in Los Angeles.[77] After staying through the show and photographing subsequent bands, Lauren went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.[78] In a statement, Homme claimed that he had been kicking over lighting equipment and was unaware that he had kicked Lauren until he was informed of it the next day. Lauren disputed this, stating that Homme had made eye contact with her before kicking her.[79] The day after the incident, Homme issued a video response, in which he admitted to kicking Lauren and apologized to her.[80]

Musical equipment

Guitars

In his approach to choosing his equipment, Homme tends to look for the odd or unique, opting to stay away from the typical choices of other guitar players. In an interview about guitars in 2008, Homme claimed at the time to own close to 35 guitars, saying that only 3 of them were "really good". He declared that he purposely did not have a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul, but that he's always in search of intriguing, unique guitars, which are not always generally accepted as "quality" guitars, but are nevertheless great to use. He said that he tends to buy "weird, Japanese" guitars, or guitars that are already "scarred" and thus have a story.[81][82]

In Kyuss, in an attempt to attain an original sound, Homme developed the unconventional method of downtuning his guitar by ear to a pitch around C standard, "tuning down until the strings started to flop, and then (tuning) up a bit."[83][84] This tuning later became a staple of Homme's sound carried into Queens of the Stone Age. During the tours up until Lullabies to Paralyze, Homme used his Ovation Ultra GPs for such, while switching to first an Airline guitar, then his Gibson Marauder, Maton Mastersounds, and then finally his Epiphone Dot for other tunings. Following the Songs for the Deaf tour Homme desired a fundamental change, and retired his GPs from both live use and recording, and switched to almost exclusively using semihollow guitars such as his Maton BB1200s and MotorAve BelAires. Homme has been listed as a user of Seymour Duncan's SH-11, SHR-1b and SH-1 guitar pickups, but has been known to use many other brands including DiMarzio, Bare Knuckle, and Arcane.[85]

  • MotorAve BelAire – The first ever BelAire model was sold to Homme's longtime collaborator Alain Johannes in 2004. A few weeks later Homme ordered the second for himself, serial No. 11 in a black finish and with a silver scratchplate, fitted with Gibson P-94 pickups.[86] The guitar became Homme's primary guitar during the recording of Era Vulgaris, after which the pickups were switched to Wolfetone Humbuckers. In 2013 Homme started playing two more, No. 86 in natural mahogany and No. 73 in silver for E and C standard tuning respectively, becoming his main guitars live and replacing his long used Matons and Epiphone. Homme also briefly owned BelAire No. 65, which was cherry with a black scratchplate, destroyed in an airplane's cargo hold in 2011.
  • Ovation Ultra GP – Josh's guitar of choice for recording and live use in Kyuss and the first three QOTSA records, Homme's original model, in black, was one of only a few hundred ever made in 1984. Homme came across the guitar in a record store in northern Idaho, paying around $200. The guitar soon became a signature part of Homme's sound, and in Kyuss, Homme used the neck pick up exclusively. By 1998, Josh modified the guitar with a Tune-o-Matic style bridge and stop tailpiece. In 2000, Homme acquired a honey sunburst model as a backup before modifying it to have a string-through body for regular use around 2002. In 2003, he replaced the sunburst on tour with his third GP- a wine red model, already modified to identical specs. They were used in conjunction with the main black model before retiring the guitars altogether in early 2004.
Homme with his Maton BB1200 JH, 2007
  • Maton BB1200 – With Homme's input, Maton created the semi-hollow BB1200 in 2004 both to replace his old Ovations and to help evolve his sound. Named for Homme's first and favorite prototype ("Betty Blue"), Homme also received Black and Red Wine early production models.[87] This soon turned into the development of a Josh Homme signature model, the BB1200 JH, expanding on his favorite BB1200, fitted with custom wound "Hommebuckers" and a trapeze tailpiece in a tobacco sunburst.[88] Josh's personal guitar features a flame maple top and toggle switch on the lower bout, unlike the production model.
  • Maton Mastersound - Homme's first interaction with the Australian Maton guitar company was their gift of a black MS520 when QOTSA toured the country in 2001. Homme soon adopted the guitar for songs in standard tuning, and later used the guitar in the "No One Knows" video. Homme then custom ordered a black sparkle MS524, used on the Songs for the Deaf tour, and when they returned to Australia in 2003 they were gifted several MS503's, which they utilized in D Standard tuning for the song "The Sky is Fallin'". Around this time, Homme also connected friend and Eagles of Death Metal bandmate Jesse Hughes and then girlfriend, Distillers front woman and fellow Australian Brody Dalle with the company, both of which continue to use their Matons. In addition to these Mastersounds, Homme has also used Dalle's custom single pickup MS501, a MS526 with Bigsby, and reportedly helped develop the MS500/12 HC.
  • Echopark Guitars Handmade by ex-G&L employee and apprentice of Leo Fender, Gabriel Currie, Homme has commissioned several guitars after meeting Currie during rehearsals for the ...Like Clockwork tour in 2013. Homme owns two "El Cuero" custom double cuts; one features chambered 200-year-old reclaimed Honduran Mahogany from the Los Angeles library, a 300-year-old burled walnut top, and Arcane Ultra'Tron and Gold Coil pickups. The other has a green burst finish and a combination f/cat's eye style sound hole with custom Arcane crow engraved humbuckers. Both have a trapeze tailpiece based on a 50s Kay guitar and a custom neck shape.[89] Around the making of Iggy Pop's Post Pop Depression in 2015, Currie created Homme's Cadillac Green "Esperanto"; a large bodied semi-hollow in a similar shape to his Matons, and for 2017's Villains, a special 9 string (doubled G, B, and high E strings) model for the song "The Evil Has Landed".
  • Epiphone Dot – Homme's main guitar for songs in standard tuning from 2002 to 2013, his black Dot, considered by many to be a budget instrument, went largely unmodified during its' use. In Them Crooked Vultures, Homme used the Dot as well as an Epiphone B.B. King Lucille variation.
  • Fender Telecaster – Homme has admitted to being an avid Telecaster fan and has been seen using white and sunburst T-63's and a black T-72TL (Thinline) built by Bill Nash, vintage and reissue Fender Telecaster Customs, and a Fender FSR chambered mahogany model in Them Crooked Vultures.
  • Matsumoku guitars - Homme, being a large fan of the budget-minded import guitars from Japan in the 60s and 70s, has used many guitars under brand names like Teisco, Tempo, and Univox, all of which were made under varying specs by the Matsumoku factory out of Japan. One of his favorites are the "Tempo" or "Conrad Bison"- 27 inch scale semi-baritone offsets that "wishes it was a Fender". The rare Tempo variation, in red, was bought at a yard sale in Boise, Idaho by Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor and was used for songs in E during the Era Vulgaris period.[90] He also owns a "Tempo/Univox UC-2", a short scale in red burst reminiscent of a Fender Jaguar with a slanted bridge pickup, also similar to an Epiphone ET-270, a Teisco '68 V-2 – Mosrite copy fitted with humbuckers, and basses like the "Audition Deluxe" UK import Teisco bass used on Eagles of Death Metal records and Brody Dalle's solo album, and the "Teisco Del Rey EB-200W" Hofner 500/1 copy.
  • Various hollow bodies - After Songs for the Deaf, Homme and bandmate Troy Van Leeuwen agreed to approach their tone differently, and for the follow up album, 2005's Lullabies to Paralyze, quickly adapted to using hollow and semi-hollow basses and guitars, many with P-90 pickups. Homme, in addition to using his new MotorAve BelAire, Maton BB1200s, Epiphone Dot and Van Leeuwen's various Yamaha's, Gibson's and Epiphone's, used a vintage Gibson ES-225 TC, Gibson ES-125 3/4 scale, an early spruce Gibson Barney Kessel (later seen in the "In My Head" video), and a 1964 Epiphone Casino. For basses, the pair along with Alain Johannes switched between a vintage Gibson EB-2 (later used by Mikey Shuman), a 90s Epiphone Rivoli, a then new Epiphone Jack Cassidy, and Homme's 60s Yamaha SA-70, which he'd later using live for "Burn the Witch" and "Long Slow Goodbye". Also used was a Gretsch Spectra-Sonic Baritone guitar to fill in low end.
  • Yamaha SA503 TVL – Bandmate Troy Van Leeuwen's signature semihollow., tuned to Open G during for "Fun Machine" and "Someone's in the Wolf" from 2005 to 2008.[91]
  • MotorAve LaMirada - Built around the making of Villains, a single cut archtop based of guitars like the Guild Starfire and Gibson ES-175, Homme's guitar, in aged Pelham blue, has Filtertron pickups, and is used in D Standard tuning for songs "The Way You Used To Do" and "Feet Don't Fail Me Now".
  • Echopark La Carne – Used briefly, prior to the creation of Homme's custom El Cuero models in 2013.
  • Maton Starline – White model used in Australia in 2008.
  • Gibson Marauder Custom – Used for songs in standard tuning on the Rated R tour.
  • Airline Town and Country – Two pickup model in redburst, used live in QOTSA for songs in E around 1999-2000.
  • Gibson Les Paul Classic Goldtop – 1991 model with gold back and sides used as a backup in Kyuss. Now used by Troy Van Leeuwen.
  • Gibson Les Paul double-cutDave Catching's guitar, an early 70s Standard, 1 of 6 modded by "Strings & Things" in Memphis. Used as a backup C guitar prior to the second Ovation.
  • Gibson SG Custom – White finish 1970s model used as backup in Screaming Trees.
  • Ovation Viper – Used briefly as a backup in Kyuss, Screaming Trees, and the first QOTSA shows with Wellwater Conspiracy.
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird – Used as a main guitar in the early days of Kyuss, prior to Blues for the Red Sun.
  • Ibanez X Series – Used very early in the Katzenjammer and Sons of Kyuss days, prior to the B.C. Rich.
  • Ampeg Dan Armstrong – Featured in the "Sick, Sick, Sick" video.
  • Hofner Verithin 4575 – Rare German guitar from the mid-1960s. Used by TVL in the "Make It wit Chu" video.
  • Hagström HJ-500 – A reissue of the jazz box originally designed by Jimmy D'Aquisto and Hagström.
  • Gretsch Synchromatic G100CEArchtop guitar seen used by Matt Sweeney in Homme's episode of Guitar Moves.
  • Gretsch Corvette – Used briefly as a backup in Kyuss and brought back during the recording of Lullabies to Paralyze and Desert Sessions 9 & 10.
  • Gretsch 7660 Nashville – Early 1970s smaller-bodied Chet Atkins signature model.
  • Rickenbacker 360/12 – Black double bound v64 reissue model with "toaster" pickups.
  • Fender Jazzmaster – Used a Troy Van Leeuwen signature model on tour with Iggy Pop.
  • Burns Double Six – Homme used Troy Van Leeuwen's greenburst Burns live on "Another Love Song" late on the Songs for the Deaf tour in 2003 and was later brought back in studio as the staple 12 string guitar on ...Like Clockwork. Homme now has a rare redburst model for himself, used on tour with Iggy Pop.
  • Danelectro Dano 63 – Baritone used in studio.
  • Acoustic guitars - Though primarily known for his electric playing, Homme has used numerous acoustics, though the most frequent being his Guild Songbird, a heavy small bodied guitar more structurally similar to its electric cousin the Bluesbird than a traditional dreadnought. However Homme has also been seen with a vintage Gibson J-45, Martin D-28, a 70s dual pickguard left hand converted D-35 belonging to Chris Goss, Gibson Dove, a blonde Gibson J-200, a vintage Gibson B-45 12 string, and a Gretsch Rancher Dreadnought with a Bigsby and Filtertron, among numerous others.
  • Yamaha SA-70 – Homme's main bass, a late-1960s hollow body in sunburst. Used all over Lullabies to Paralyze, Era Vulgaris, and ...Like Clockwork, as well as countless Eagles of Death Metal songs, Them Crooked Vultures, and other related projects. Used live by Homme in Queens during the Lullabies era for "Burn the Witch" and "Long Slow Goodbye".
  • Fender Precision Special – Homme's other main, an early-1980s P bass with heavy brass hardware and a maple neck, with the finish sanded down and re-stained. This is the bass Homme played prominently on Queens' self-titled record, as well as at least Lullabies, and Era Vulgaris and was also used briefly by Nick Oliveri live. Also used on numerous Desert Sessions and EODM recordings.
  • Christocaster – A crucifix-shaped guitar. Built from church organ pipes and a neck salvaged from a pawnshop arson. Built by Chicago luthier Fred Mangan. Homme also owns a guitar built by Mangan made of a household satellite dish and a Peavey guitar neck.[92]
  • Andy Manson Lotus archtop guitar – Purchased during the recording sessions for Them Crooked Vultures, when Manson was teching for John Paul Jones.
  • Casio DG-20 Guitar Synthesizer – Homme calls it "The ugliest guitar (he's) ever seen," and that it "doesn't look good on anybody". Used by Julian Casablancas on "Sick, Sick, Sick".
Amplifiers
Them Crooked Vultures, October 2009

During the early days of QOTSA much of his late setup from Kyuss was still being used, later Homme turned more towards Ampeg amplifers and cabinets, though throughout his career Homme has experimented a lot with different combinations of amplifiers, cabinets, and settings- especially in studio. When recording, Homme usually opts to use small, often cheap, low wattage amps in bright rooms rather than large, loud amplifiers.[93] Here is a list of some of the equipment he has been known to have used:[93][94][95]

  • Ampeg VT-40 – 60-watt combo with four 10-inch speakers. Owns both top and front mounted control panel models.
  • Ampeg VT-22 – 120-watt combo with two 12-inch speakers.
  • Ampeg V-4 – Head only version of VT-22. Used with Ampeg 2×12-inch, 1970s V-2 4×12-inch, Orange and various 4×12-inch cabinets.
  • Ampeg V-4B – Owns a couple of these, the bass version of the V-4. Used specifically around 2001 and during the recordings of Deaf.
  • Ampeg ST-42 "Colossus" – Flagship 4×12-inch stack of Ampeg's early ST-line solid-state heads, alongside the ST-25 Olympian (2×15-inch) and ST-22 Gladiator (2×12-inch) models.
  • Ampeg B-22X "Jupiter 22" – 50-watt vertical 2×12-inch bass combo. 1969 model.
  • Ampeg G-20 "Gemini 20" – 35-watt horizontal 2×10-inch guitar combo. 1969 model.
  • Ampeg J-12 – 18-watt 1×12-inch combo. Late 1960s or early 1970s top-mounted control panel model.
  • Ampeg Portaflex B-12XT/B-18X – "Fliptop" combo head later seen paired with the Colossus cabinet. Mid-1960s model.
  • Ampeg Micro VR – Miniature version of the SVT stack, 200-watt head with a 2×10-inch cabinet.
  • Ampeg VL-502 – Ampeg's short-lived attempt at the popular modded Marshall of the 1980s.
  • Tube Works RT-2100 ES – Custom built for Homme for use in Kyuss around the ...And the Circus Leaves Town period, still used for recording to this day.
  • Sunn Model T – Used for recording guitar and bass, experimented with in setups in 1998 and 2010.
  • Peavey Amplifiers – Known to use a Standard 260, Musician 400, and Solo PA in QOTSA and other models during the early days circa Sons of Kyuss and Wretch.
  • Marshall JCM 900 – Used on Blues for the Red Sun and Welcome to Sky Valley. Used with an Ampeg 8×10-inch bass cabinet and Marshall 4×12-inch guitar cabinets.
  • Fender Bassman – Owns at least two: a Blackface Bassman Ten and a Silverface Bassman 135 head.
  • VOX Amplifiers – Used an AC30 on the Lullabies to Paralyze tour and an AC10 for recording.
  • Orange Amps – 1990s reissue OR120 and OD120 Overdrive used in Screaming Trees and Micro Terror stack recording.
  • Greedtone JHI-100 – Head acquired just prior to the ...Like Clockwork tour, used live briefly alongside their RG-212 cabs.
  • Chandler Limited GAV19T – Custom 19-watt amp.
  • Altec Lansing Amplifiers – Owns numerous models used in studio.
  • Echopark Amplifiers – Used a Vibromatic 23 head with 2×12-inch cab and Vibromatic 13 combo on tour with Iggy Pop.
  • Guild Amplifiers – Has a Thunder 1 Reverb, and Thunderstar Bass head with 1×15-inch cabinet.
  • Gibson Amplifiers – Known to own at least three early examples, including an EH-185 and 150.
  • Epiphone Valve Junior – 5-watt mini-stack used for recoding and seen with Iggy Pop.
  • Gorilla Amplifiers – Long-discontinued cheaply made small solid-state amps, of which Homme owns several.
  • Supro Sportsman – Head used live with Them Crooked Vultures paired with a few different cabinets.
  • Teisco Checkmate 25 – Replaced the Sportsman amp in Vultures and supplemented with an Ampeg 2×12-inch cabinet.
  • WEM Amplifiers – As a group used a couple of heads as backups and two Watkins Dominator stereo amps with Iggy Pop.
  • Silvertone 1484 and 1483 – Used in Them Crooked Vultures, Iggy Pop, and in studio.
  • Klear Sound Plexiglass 4×12-inch – Cabinet for Supro Sportsman used in Them Crooked Vultures, constructed for use on the Era Vulgaris tour.
Pedals

Discography

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Metallimania Himself Documentary
2005 American Dad! Himself Voice
Episode: "Francine's Flashback"
2007 Hot Rod Gown
2007–2012 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Himself 3 episodes
2008–2012 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Various Characters Voice
2 episodes
2010 Tosh.0 Himself
2011 Truckfighters Himself Documentary
2013 Sound City Himself Documentary
Comedy Bang! Bang! Dale Episode: "Clark Gregg Wears a Navy Blazer & White Collared Shirt"
2014 Toast of London Himself Episode: "Fool in Love"
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways Himself Episode: "Los Angeles"
Portlandia Carrie's Brother Episode: "Late in Life Drug Use"
2015 Lo Sound Desert Himself Documentary
The Redemption of the Devil Himself Documentary
2016 The Man from Mo'Wax Himself Documentary
Gutterdämmerung Himself
Desert Age: A Rock and Roll Scene History Himself Documentary
Talking Dead Himself
Unfinished Plan: The Path of Alain Johannes Himself Documentary
2017 Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis Himself Documentary
American Valhalla Himself Documentary

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External links

  • Queens of the Stone Age official website
  • Josh Homme on IMDb
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