Dave Catching

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Dave Catching
Dave Catching performing with the Eagles of Death Metal at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia
Dave Catching performing with the Eagles of Death Metal at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia
Background information
Birth nameDavid Catching
Also known asDiamond Dave
Darlin' Dave
Davey Jo
Born (1961-06-07) June 7, 1961 (age 60)
OriginMemphis, Tennessee, US
GenresStoner rock, hard rock, desert rock, garage rock revival, acid rock, psychedelic rock, blues rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, lap steel, twelve-string guitar
Years active1982–present
Associated actsQueens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Tex & the Horseheads, The Ringling Sisters, Mojave Lords, earthlings?, Mark Lanegan, Gnarltones, Pink Slip, Mondo Generator, Smith & Pyle, Masters of Reality, Star & Dagger, Peaches, The Mutants

David Catching (born June 7, 1961) is an American musician and producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the California stoner rock band earthlings?, a touring member of Eagles of Death Metal and the co-founder of the Rancho De La Luna recording studio.[1][2]

Dave Catching playing with Eagles of Death Metal live at The Glass House February 8, 2006

Recording career[edit]

Catching has played the guitar for well-known hard rock bands Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Tex and the Horseheads, as well as The Ringling Sisters, earthlings?, Mondo Generator and the Masters of Reality. He is also a member of Yellow #5, and the Gnarltones.

Catching has been associated with the desert country rock band, Smith & Pyle. He contributed to the debut album of country rock duo Smith & Pyle, It's OK to be Happy, which was recorded at Rancho de la Luna and released in 2008. He currently resides in Joshua Tree, California.

Catching was on stage with Eagles of Death Metal during the November 2015 Paris attacks, and escaped the Bataclan with the rest of the band. Catching talked about this at length on the show Conan Neutron's Protonic Reversal,[3] Rolling Stone[4] and other media.

Musical equipment[edit]

With the Eagles of Death Metal, Catching plays his 1967 Gibson Flying V through a tuner and distortion pedal and Supro amplifier with a 2x12 cabinet. In recent shows with EODM, Catching is seen using Orange amplifiers. He also uses an Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar when playing with Eagles of Death Metal. Catching also uses HipStrap vintage styled guitar straps. He is endorsed by and uses coiled red Bullet Cable. During recordings he also uses some of Jesse Hughes's Matons.

Catching released a signature fuzz wah pedal in 2015, the Roadrunner, through Dr. No Effects.[5][6]

With the earthlings?, he uses his 1958 Fender Stratocaster or his 1972 double cutaway Gibson Les Paul through a tuner and a distortion Rat pedal.[7] His Les Paul is 1 of 6 ever made by Strings & Things in Memphis, Tennessee. Other guitars were bought by Ace Frehley, Jeff Beck, Pat Travers, and Michael Woods, guitarist for the group America. Photos have circulated of Dave's very guitar nearly being bought by Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer fame, but opting out at the last minute for an acoustic bass.[8]

Partial discography[edit]


  1. ^ "Dave Catching: Joshua Tree, CA & Rancho De La Luna". tapeop.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "Aston microphones: David Catching - Musician, Producer, Engineer". astonmics.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Protonic Reversal Ep111: Dave Catching (Rancho De La Luna, Earthlings?, Eagles of Death Metal, Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age)". radioneutron.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Guitarist on Debut Solo LP, U2's Help After Bataclan "Gandalf of desert rock" Dave Catching and friends celebrate the magic of the Rancho de la Luna scene". rollingstone.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "DAVE CATCHING Eagles of Death Metal". tcelectronic.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Dave Catching - Equipboard". equipboard.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  7. ^ [1] Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Shopping With Greg Lake". Ladies of the Lake. Retrieved August 10, 2015.