Josh Homme performing live with Queens of the Stone Age at the Wireless Festival in 2007
Josh Homme is an American rock musician, who has released 18 studio albums and has collaborated with 26 different artists. He started playing guitar in the 1980s and formed a band with Palm Desert, California school friends John Garcia and Brant Bjork, initially under the name Katzenjammer, then Sons of Kyuss, and later shortened to simply Kyuss. The band released an extended play (EP), Sons of Kyuss (1990), when Homme was 16, before going on to record four critically acclaimed studio albums and a greatest hits release, without breaking through to mainstream success. After the break-up of the band in 1995, Homme considered abandoning his music career, but was persuaded by vocalist Mark Lanegan to join the Screaming Trees on tour as second guitarist.
In August, 1997 Homme gathered a few musician friends at Rancho de la Luna in the Palm Desert for a weekend of collaboration called "The Desert Sessions". The experiment yielded two albums, Volumes 1 & 2, and Homme would repeat the exercise at the Rancho with different musicians on a further four occasions over the next decade. Homme formed Queens of the Stone Age with former Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernández in 1997 (initially under the name Gamma Ray). In 1998 the Queens of the Stone Age released their debut album Queens of the Stone Age, on which Homme performed lead vocals, guitar and bass guitar. Queens of the Stone Age would adopt a fluid line-up, with dozens of members joining and leaving as the band developed while Homme remained the only permanent member, releasing several EPs and compilations, a DVD, as well as four more studio albums, including the break-through Songs for the Deaf (2002).