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Mon October 7th, 2002
Songs For the Deaf (2002)
Rated R (2000)
Queens of the Stone Age (1998)
Split EP with Beaver (1998)
Split EP with Kyuss (1997)
Josh Homme (1997-Present), vocals/guitar
Nick Oliveri (1997-Present), bass/vocals
One of the key ingredients to the Queens magnificent, kaleidoscopic energy is its revolving door creative policy. Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri are the axis around which all the creative energy swirls and rotates. Included in the Queens' astonishing roster of contributors are:

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees)
Alain Johannes (Eleven)
Natasha Shneider (Eleven)
Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle)
Troy Van Leeuwen (A Perfect Circle)
Dean Ween (Ween)
Blag Jesus (aka Blag Dahlia, Dwarves)
Chris Goss (Masters of Reality)

Among the bands/recordings affiliated with Queens...

Kyuss
...And the Circus Leaves Town (Elektra 1995)
Welcome To Sky Valley (Elektra 1994)
Blues For the Red Sun (Dali/Elektra 1992)
Kyuss (with Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri): Wretch (Dali 1991)

Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri):
Cocaine Rodeo (Southern Lord 2001)

The Desert Sessions (directed by Josh Homme):
Volumes 7 & 8 (Rekords Rekords 2001)
Volumes 5 & 6 (Man's Ruin 1999)
Volumes 3 & 4 (Man's Ruin 1998)
Volumes 1 & 2 (Man's Ruin 1997
Queens of the Stone Age
The desert, like the ocean, is a testament to the power of adaptability. Like a musical manifestation of the struggle to survive, the Queens of the Stone Age burst out of the seeming desolation of California's Palm Desert region with a force that says simply: rock is NOT dead.

Thriving on the oppressive heat that seems to filter out anything with the smallest hint of weakness, the Queens' music emerges: a sound for the 21st century. The sound of "Robot Rock" is what guitarist Josh Homme describes as heavy music pared to the bone, with an emphasis on economical guitar strokes, skeletal drum patterns, and trance inducing minimalism. In 1999 Rolling Stone named the Queens one of the Ten Most Important Hard and Heavy Bands Right Now. The July 2002 NME (New Musical Express) procliams them "The Band of the Weekend/Year/ Decade" and Spin ranked Rated R at number 23 in its list of the "Top 40 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time."

Queens' bassist and half the nucleus of this revolving door outfit, Nick Oliveri was also an original member of Kyuss alongside Homme. After the demise of Kyuss in 1995, Homme went on to become the second guitarist for Screaming Trees. Meanwhile Nick joined San Francisco punks the Dwarves under the name Rex Everything and was eventually ejected from the band for being too wild.

In 1997 Homme began collaborations with a shifting lineup of musicians including the Trees' Van Conner, Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Dinosaur Jr.'s Mike Johnson, recording a series of seven-inch singles originally issued under the name Gamma Ray. Homme also began producing a series of Desert Session albums (released on the Man's Ruin label) recorded at the famous Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA. The lineup included an all-star cast of musicians featuring Ben Shepard, Dave Catching, Pete Stahl, Brant Bjork, Fred Drake, Chris Goss, the Lalli Brothers and Alfredo Hernandez, just to name a few.

During this time, musical maestro Homme also flirted with the beginnings of QOTSA when he and Alfredo Hernandez (former Kyuss drummer) teamed up to record and release a split EP with Kyuss that featured three Kyuss B-sides and three new tracks from Queens of the Stone Age. After a chance run in with Oliveri at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas (where Oliveri's post-Dwarves outfit Mondo Generator was playing) the two reunited, sensing they could be the answer to each other's prayers.

Oliveri soon joined the developing Queens, and the band recorded a self-titled debut that was issued on Pearl Jam guitarist, Stone Gossard's Loosegroove Records. The single "If Only" received moderate air play on alternative music radio stations and a year later the band was signed to Interscope for its sophomore effort, Rated R produced by Chris Goss (Masters of Reality). Screaming Trees' singer, Mark Lanegan maintained his friendship with Homme and provided vocals to both Rated R and Songs For the Deaf (this in addition to his contributions to the last few volumes of The Desert Sessions).

By the time sessions for Rated R came about, Hernandez left the band, leaving the drum slot open to an array of players who have signed on for varying stints - from full-fledged tours to surprise shows and stretches of studio work. Other musicians who have contributed to Queens of the Stone Age albums include Chris Goss, Rob Halford, Dean Ween, Brant Bjork, Dave Catching, Brandon McNichol and Dave Grohl. The Desert Sessions continue to unfold, though with the demise of Man's Ruin the recordings are the domain of Homme's own label, Rekords Rekords.
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