Queens of the Stone Age are a hard rock band from Palm Desert, California. The band's current lineup consists of guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, drummer Joey Castillo, bassist Michael Shuman, and multinstrumentalist Dean Fertita, though notable former members include Dave Grohl (Nirvana) and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden). Homme - formerly of early 1990's stoner rock band Kyuss - is the founding member of the band, having assembled the band in 1996 under the name Gamma Ray.The band in its early stages began receiving legal threats from a German metal band named also named Gamma Ray, prompting a change to the somewhat nonsensical moniker Queens of The Stone Age. The new name stuck; after releasing a self titled album in 1998 on an independent record label the band began to court the attention of major labels, signing a contract with Interscope in 1999 that remains to this day. Queens of the Stone Age made their major label debut with the release of Rated R in 2000, scoring a minor hit with "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" and nabbing the band touring slots with the likes of Foo Fighters and Hole. In the wake of their successful first album, Queens of the Stone Age released their second album Songs for the Deaf two years later in 2002 to massive critical acclaim - it is often considered by fans to be their best record. The album is intended to simulate the many radio stations a finicky listener might switch between on a long drive, leading the band to experiment with a more rich and diverse sound than can be found on their previous releases. Notable tracks include "No One Knows", "First It Giveth", and "Go with the Flow". After extensive touring throughout 2003 and a major lineup overhaul in 2004, the band finally returned to the studio to release their third major album Lullabies to Paralyze in 2005. Though slightly less successful financially than its predecessor, the album still sold a respectable 97,000 copies in its first week. Lullabies to Paralyze features a hard, distortion-heavy sound more reminiscent of the band's earlier work, evident by tracks like "Burn The Witch" and "Little Sister". Queens of the Stone Age released their most recent album Era Vulgaris in mid-2007. Their most successful album since Songs for the Deaf, Era Vulgaris - latin for "common era" - has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. Whereas Songs for the Deaf was influenced by a tedious drive through the desert, Era Vulgaris takes its inspiration from a drive down the glamorous-yet-gritty Hollywood strip. The album has so far produced three singles: "Sick, Sick, Sick", "3's & 7's", and "Make It wit Chu".
Queens of the Stone Age is a rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States. The band is frequently labeled stoner rock, although they reject the label. QOTSA developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy music which the band's founder and mastermind Josh Homme described as 'robot rock', saying that he "wanted to create a heavy sound based on a solid jam, just pound it into your head". Since then, their sound has evolved to incorporate a variety of different styles and influences.
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Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1997. The band's line-up includes founding member Josh Homme (lead vocals, guitar), alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap steel, backing vocals), Dave Grohl (drums, percussion), Michael Shuman (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dean Fertita (keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals).
Formed after the dissolution of Homme's previous band, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy rock music. Their sound has since evolved to incorporate a variety of different styles and influences, including working with ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons and steady contributor Mark Lanegan.