In 1987, Josh Homme became the guitarist in ‘Katzenjammer’, a heavy metal band co-founded with two school friends in Palm Desert, California.
By the early 1990s, the band had changed name to ‘Kyuss’ and become popular for their unique style of music, which helped them sign with a music label.
From 1991 to 1995, the band released four albums, ‘Wretch’, ‘Blues for the Red Sun’, ‘Welcome to Sky Valley’ and ‘And the Circus Leaves Town’ before splitting up. His music style had evolved to ‘stoner rock’ by that time.
In 1996, he became the rhythm guitarist for the Washington-based rock band ‘Screaming Trees’ but unhappy with the band members, he formed another band, ‘Gamma Ray’, which was soon renamed to ‘Queens of the Stone Age.’
In 1997, they released a compilation EP ‘Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age’. He also started an experimental music series, ‘The Desert Sessions’, which featured various musicians recording impromptu music in a few hours. Their first EP was released that year.
In 1998, the main band’s first self-titled album ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ was released, where he was the vocalist, bassist and guitarist. He also released three EPs of ‘The Desert Sessions’ and formed another band, ‘Eagles of Death Metal’.
From 2000 to 2002, his band released their second and third albums ‘Rated R’ and ‘Songs for the Deaf’ that were very well received. He also worked on the soundtrack of the film ‘The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.’
In 2004, he was part of the first-ever public performances of ‘The Desert Sessions’ at ‘Coachella’ and on a U.K. television show, after which the series went on an 11-year break. His band ‘Eagles of Death Metal’ released their first album ‘Peace, Love, Death Metal’.
From 2005 to 2006, Queens of the Stone Age’s fourth album ‘Lullabies to Paralyze’, and ‘Eagles of Death Metal’s’ second album, ‘Death by Sexy’ were released. He co-founded another rock group ‘The 5:15ers.’
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In 2007, Queens of the Stone Age released their fifth album, ‘Era Vulgaris’, after which they went on a six-year long break.
In 2009, Josh Homme teamed up with famous musicians, John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl, to form the supergroup ‘Them Crooked Vultures’ and released their self-titled album. He also produced ‘The Arctic Monkeys’ album ‘Humbug’ and collaborated with other famous bands.
From 2010 to 2012, he toured with the supergroup to several festivals and gave performances in UK, USA, Germany, etc. He also did live shows with ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ and wrote the theme song for the animated series ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force.’
In 2013, Queens of the Stone Age’s sixth album ‘…Like Clockwork’ was released. It featured guest performances by famous artists. He co-wrote the theme music for the television show ‘Parts Unknown.’
In 2014, he acted in a British sitcom ‘Toast of London’ and an American comedy series ‘Portlandia’.
In 2016, he collaborated with renowned rocker, Iggy Pop, to release ‘Post Pop Depression’.
In 2017, Queens of the Stone Age’s seventh album ‘Villains’ was released, which made ‘The Rolling Stones’ list of the ‘Best albums of 2017’. He also wrote the background score for the German film ‘In the Fade’.
In 2018, the band performed a song on the Elton John cover album ‘Revamp’. He performed a song for the video game ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’.
On October 25, 2019, he released volumes 11 and 12 of ‘The Desert Sessions’ that feature among many others, musicians Billy Gibbons and Les Claypool.
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Family & Personal Life
Josh Homme met Australian singer, Brody Dalle, for the first time in 1996, but began dating her only in 2003 and married her in 2005.
His daughter, Camille, was born in 2006, and his sons, Orrin and Wolf, were born in 2011 and 2016 respectively.
In 2017, he was caught kicking a camera into the face of a photographer during a concert. He initially denied it, but later issued an apology.
He lives in Hollywood Hills, California, with his family.