Joey Castillo

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Joey Castillo
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Joey Castillo playing with Queens of the Stone Age at the Eurockéennes de Belfort 2011
Background information
Birth name Joseph William Castillo
Also known as The Sexy Mexi, Joey C
Born (1966-03-30) March 30, 1966 (age 48)
Origin Gardena, California, U.S.A
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock, punk rock, heavy metal, stoner rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, violin, theremin
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts California Breed, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Zilch, Wasted Youth, Goatsnake, Danzig, Sugartooth, BL'AST!, Mark Lanegan Band, Desert Sessions, Son of Sam, Scott Weiland
Notable instruments
DW Drums
Zildjian Cymbals
Vic Firth Drum sticks
Latin Percussion
Remo Drum Skins

Joseph Willam "Joey" Castillo (born March 30, 1966, in Gardena, California) is an American drummer. He is best known for his ten-year tenure in the hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age, from 2002 to 2012. Castillo has also been a member of Danzig, Eagles of Death Metal and California Breed.

Castillo joined Queens of the Stone Age in 2002, following the departure of temporary drummer Dave Grohl. Castillo remained within the band for over ten years, recording two studio albums, Lullabies to Paralyze (2005) and Era Vulgaris (2007), before being asked to leave (unsubstantiated) by founding member Josh Homme during the recording of the band's sixth studio album, ...Like Clockwork (2013).[citation needed]. In August 2014, Castillo joined the band California Breed replacing founding member Jason Bonham after he left the group citing "professional commitments" as his reason for departure. [1]

Musical career[edit]

A native of southern California, Castillo began playing drums at age fifteen, when his grandmother loaned him the money to buy a drum kit. Castillo's playing is influenced by War, Al Green, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Black Flag. He started off his drumming career by joining the Los Angeles punk band, Wasted Youth, in 1984. After recording two albums and several tours, he left Wasted Youth and joined Sugartooth in 1991. During the summer of 1994, he formed a short-lived punk rock band called Chronic Halitosis.[2] They played punk covers of bands like Misfits and Black Flag.[3] In 1994 Joey officially left Sugartooth and joined Danzig, having turned down previous offers from Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.[4] In 1996, he was featured on Robert Trujillo's solo album, and in 1998 he joined Zilch.[5] He replaced Goatsnake's original drummer after his departure in 2001, but that was short lived when they split up shortly after.[6] In 2001 he did backing vocals and drums for some tracks on Son of Sam's album Songs From The Earth. Castillo joined Queens of the Stone Age without an audition, playing through half a song at an informal rehearsal before frontman Josh Homme walked out of the room, returned saying "I just fired the drummer. The tour starts tomorrow," and offered Castillo the gig. Castillo also played on Mark Lanegan's solo album Bubblegum and Eagles of Death Metal's second album Death by Sexy.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Castillo has two drumkits which belonged to Chuck Biscuits and considers them his most prized possessions. Castillo currently resides in Silver Lake, California.[8]

Joey Castillo and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performing at the Southside Festival near Tuttlingen, southern Germany, June 24, 2007


Castillo uses DW drums with acrylic OCDP shells, DW pedals and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and LP equipment. Castillo is famous for his use of the LP Jam block. The tone of the jam block appears solo at the outset of the Queens of the Stone Age single "Little Sister" from the album Lullabies to Paralyze, Castillo’s first studio album with the band. However pre-Sugartooth he was known to use Tama drums, Paiste cymbals and Easton sticks.[9]

After Era Vulgaris tour equipment[edit]

DW Drums

  • 24"x16" Bass Drum
  • 14"x10" Mounted Tom
  • 18"x16" Floor Tom
  • 14"x8" Steel Sonor belonged to Chuck Biscuits

DW Hardware

  • DW 6710 straight cymbal stands (3x)
  • DW 6500 Hi-Hat Stand
  • DW 9000 bass pedal

Zildjian Cymbals

  • Zildjian 24-inch K Light ride
  • Zildjian 21-inch Prototype K crash
  • Zildjian 19-inch K Hybrid crash
  • Zildjian 14-inch Mastersound hi-hats

Vic Firth Sticks

  • Vic Firth Super 5B sticks

Remo Heads

  • Snare: Remo Controlled Sound Clear
  • Toms: Remo Controlled Sound
  • Bass: Remo Clear Powerstroke III with Falam Slam

Latin Percussion

  • LP160 Cyclops Tambourine
  • LP1208-K Stealth Jam Block

Era Vulgaris tour equipment[edit]

Castillo used larger sized tom drums than ever before, while using the smallest bass drum he has used yet. He has continued using Vic Firth drum sticks, DW drums with acrylic OCDP shells, DW pedals and hardware and has switched from using Paiste cymbals to Zildjian cymbals for the Era Vulgaris tour.

Lullabies To Paralyze tour equipment[edit]

For the Lullabies tour, Castillo continued to use DW drums, Paiste cymbals and Remo heads. Though during this tour he started using Vic Firth sticks instead of Vater sticks. Joey also dropped his second floor tom and LP bongos during this tour and added on a LP jamblock to his drumkit. From this tour and on, he would use the toms to play "Better Living Through Chemistry" during the verses.

Songs For The Deaf tour equipment[edit]

Castillo used DW drums and hardware, Paiste cymbals and Remo heads during the Songs For The Deaf tour.


Year Band or artist Album
1986 Wasted Youth Get Out of My Yard!
1988 Black Daze
1994 Sugartooth Sugartooth
1996 Danzig Blackacidevil
1997 Sugartooth The Sounds of Solid
1998 Zilch 3.2.1.
Bastard Eyes
Danzig 6:66 Satan's Child
2001 Zilch Skyjin
Youjeen Hey Jerks
Danzig Live on the Black Hand Side
Son of Sam Songs From The Earth
2002 Danzig I Luciferi
2003 Desert Sessions Volumes 9 & 10
2004 Mark Lanegan Band Bubblegum
2005 Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Over The Years And Through The Woods
2006 Eagles of Death Metal Death by Sexy
2007 Danzig The Lost Tracks of Danzig
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
2008 Eagles of Death Metal Heart On
2009 Hello=Fire Hello=Fire
2013 Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork


  1. ^ Chamberlain, Rich. "Joey Castillo replaces Jason Bonham in California Breed". Rhythm Magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "MisfitsCentral Bio of Chronic Halitosis". Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Devilman138 talks with TODD YOUTH of DANZIG". 2000. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  4. ^ Blush, Steven (October 1997). "Glenn Danzig". Seconds. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  5. ^ "IMDb Biography for Joey Castillo". IMDb. 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  6. ^ "An Interview with Greg Anderson of Goatsnake". 2001. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  7. ^ "Joey Castillo Is "Walking The Walk"". Drum! magazine. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Break It Down: Joey Castillo of Queens of the Stone Age". Artist Direct. 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  9. ^ "MisfitsCentral Bio of Joey Castillo". Retrieved 2008-06-07. 

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