Queens of the Stone Age
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Released 16 June 2023
Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band known for their distinctive blend of hard rock, alternative rock, and desert rock. Formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California, the band has been a driving force in the rock music scene with their powerful sound, infectious hooks, and enigmatic lyrics.
The band was founded by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Josh Homme, who had previously been a member of the influential desert rock band Kyuss. Homme's vision for Queens of the Stone Age was to create a band that could explore a wide range of musical styles while maintaining a heavy, guitar-driven sound.
The early years of Queens of the Stone Age saw a revolving lineup, with Homme as the constant creative force. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1998, showcased their unique sound and gained critical acclaim. It was followed by the release of "Rated R" in 2000, which included the hit singles "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" and "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret."
In 2002, the band achieved mainstream success with the release of "Songs for the Deaf." The album featured collaborations with Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame) on drums and Mark Lanegan (formerly of Screaming Trees) on vocals. It produced the hit singles "No One Knows" and "Go with the Flow" and solidified the band's status as one of the leading rock acts of the early 2000s.
Over the years, Queens of the Stone Age continued to evolve their sound, incorporating elements of punk, stoner rock, and blues into their music. Albums like "Lullabies to Paralyze" (2005), "Era Vulgaris" (2007), and "...Like Clockwork" (2013) showcased their musical versatility and songwriting prowess.
The band's lineup has seen several changes throughout their career, with Homme being the constant presence. However, notable members who have contributed to the band's success include bassist Michael Shuman, keyboardist and guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and drummer Jon Theodore.
Queens of the Stone Age's live performances are known for their energy and intensity, with Homme's commanding stage presence captivating audiences around the world. They have toured extensively, headlining major festivals and selling out arenas globally.
With their powerful riffs, anthemic choruses, and thought-provoking lyrics, Queens of the Stone Age has carved out a unique place in the rock music landscape. Their music continues to resonate with fans, and they remain one of the most influential and critically acclaimed rock bands of their generation.