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Queens of the Stone Age

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Palm Desert, California, United States (1997 – present)

Queens of the Stone Age is a rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States. The band is frequently labeled , although they reject the label. They developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy music which the band’s founder and mastermind Josh Homme described as “”, 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.

While in high school, Homme got together with locals Brant Bjork, Chris Cockrell (later replaced by Nick Oliveri) and John Garcia resulting in the formation of Kyuss (firstly known as “Sons of Kyuss”). Queens of the Stone Age formed in 1997, rising from the ashes of Kyuss and began playing together during the now legendary Desert Sessions. Homme has drawn all of the members from that diverse group of musicians for Queens of the Stone Age. The band originally formed under the name Gamma Ray, but almost faced a lawsuit from the European band of the same name.

Queens of the Stone Age have gone through many line-up changes since first breaking into the scene. Their most recent line-up includes: Josh Homme (guitar, vocals), Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap steel, keyboards, backing vocals), Jon Theodore (drums, percussion), Michael Shuman (bass, backing vocals), and Dean fertita (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals).

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