Eagles of Death Metal
|Eagles of Death Metal|
Eagles of Death Metal playing the Commodore Ballroom on July 20, 2009.
|Origin||Palm Desert, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, garage rock, hard rock, desert rock, blues rock|
|Labels||Rekords, Downtown, GUN|
|Associated acts||Queens of the Stone Age, The Desert Sessions, Millionaire, Them Crooked Vultures, Jack Black, Kyuss|
|Past members||See past contributors section|
Eagles of Death Metal is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, who are the only permanent members of the band, though Homme rarely plays live shows because of commitments to other bands. There are also a wide range of other musicians that play under the Eagles of Death Metal moniker, both on the albums and in live shows, frequently under humorous aliases.
Despite their band name, Eagles of Death Metal is not a death metal band. Hughes stated that a friend was introducing Josh Homme to the death metal genre. When he played a song by the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was within the death metal genre, Homme then referred to Vader as "The Eagles of Death Metal". After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. In a 2003 interview Homme described the sound of the band as a combination of "bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals." Jesse Hughes is known for his enthusiastic interaction with audiences at live performances.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Early years (1998–2003)
Eagles of Death Metal formed in Palm Desert, California in 1998 and first appeared on Josh Homme's The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 & 4, released that year. Over the next few years, Homme became distracted from the band due to the success of Queens of the Stone Age. However, in an October 2008 interview, he reaffirmed his commitment to the band saying, "This isn't a side project for me. I'm in two bands. I have musical schizophrenia, and this is one of those personalities. In brief they are amazing."
Peace, Love, Death Metal (2004–2005)
The band finally released their debut album in March 2004: Peace, Love, Death Metal. It appeared to be a favorite of advertisers, as several songs from it were used in American television commercials including those for Ask.com, Comcast, Payless ShoeSource, Nissan Motors, Budweiser, Pontiac Motors, Wendys, as well as in the trailer for the film Thank You for Smoking and for a promotional disc for the film Grindhouse which was available prior to the film's release at Hot Topic stores. The first song on the album, "I Only Want You," was also used on the soundtrack for the PS2 game Gran Turismo 4, as well as by Microsoft in advertising for the launch of Windows 8. Globe Shoes, a manufacturer of skateboard shoes, has featured the song in the montage section of episode 1 in their new series of skate films entitled, United By Fate. "Miss Alissa" was featured on Nike's FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign video. The video is entitled "Winner stays" and is star-studded with footballing giants like Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrea Pirlo, Neymar, Tim Howard and many others.
Death by Sexy (2006–2007)
Eagles of Death Metal returned on April 11, 2006 with their second effort Death by Sexy. During the first half of 2006 they toured in support of The Strokes and headlined their own U.S. tour with openers The Giraffes followed by dates opening for Peaches and performed with Joan Jett. In the fall of 2006 the band had an opening support slot with Guns N' Roses, but this lasted for only one show. Axl Rose referred to the band as "Pigeons of Shit Metal" from the stage that night, which resulted in Eagles of Death Metal using the phrase on a T-shirt.
The track "Chase the Devil" from the album was included in the soundtrack for Tony Hawk's Project 8. Not only that, the track "Don't Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)" was part of the soundtrack for Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Carbon. "Cherry Cola" was used in a Microsoft Zune commercial, and "Don't Speak" was featured in Epic Movie, where the band is seen playing it live; in addition, the song was used in a Guy Ritchie-directed Nike ad ahead of UEFA Euro 2008.
Heart On (2008–2009)
On October 21, 2008, ahead of their third album release, the Eagles of Death Metal performed a live concert at the Hollywood & Highland Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles for the launch of the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles. The new single from the third album "Wannabe in L.A." is also in the game Midnight Club: Los Angeles. The song "Wannabe in L.A" is also featured in the music rhythm game Guitar Hero 5 and the racing game DiRT 2. "I'm Your Torpedo" and "High Voltage" were also featured in the 2009 Austin set film, "Whip It". Furthermore, "Now I'm A Fool" was used in the 2012 film "Silver Linings Playbook".
Their third album titled Heart On was released on October 28, 2008 (November 4, 2008 in Canada) and was accompanied by a North American tour. On February 4, 2009, Eagles of Death Metal performed on a live webcast for Fuel.tv as part of their Heart On tour.
In 2009 the Eagles of Death Metal performed as a warm up act on tour with Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys.
Zipper Down and beyond (2010–present)
In 2010, touring bassist Brian O'Connor was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy. Josh Homme, along with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, announced a concert at the Brixton Academy in London to raise money for O'Connor's treatment. Abby Travis is currently filling in on the bass while O'Connor recovers.
In September 2011, Hughes (guitar/vocals) released his debut solo album Honkey Kong under the sobriquet Boots Electric.
Homme announced that the band would play two headliner shows in the UK,[when?] one of the KOKO in London and one at the infamous Garage in Glasgow. Homme later confirmed that the band is playing the second stage at Download.
In June 2015, the Eagles of Death Metal announced that their next album, Zipper Down would be released on October 2. The first single from the album, titled "Complexity", was made available for streaming on Pitchfork Media's website.
- Jesse Hughes AKA: The Devil / Shanky McBuzcock / Boots Electric - vocals, guitar, percussion (1998–present)
- Josh Homme AKA: Carlo Von Sexron / DP Pete / Baby Duck / Zombie Zebra - guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion (1998–present)
Current live members
- Jesse Hughes AKA: The Devil / Boots Electric - vocals, guitar
- Dave Catching AKA: Darlin' Dave, Davey Jo - guitar, vocals, bass
- Matt McJunkins - bass, vocals
- Jeff Friedl AKA: The White Don Cheadle - drums
- Brian O´Connor AKA: Big Hands (bass, vocals)
- Joey Castillo AKA: The Sexy-Mexy (drums)
- Claude Coleman AKA: Sugardick (drums)
- Gene Trautmann AKA: Teen Dream (drums)
- Samantha Maloney AKA: Hot Damn Sweet Sam (drums)
- Jack Black AKA: Blackjack, Jeff Boyles (vocals)
- Dave Grohl AKA: Diablo (guitar)
- Wendy Rae Fowler AKA: Wendy Ramone / Wendy Ray Moan (backing vocals on Death by Sexy)
- Brody Dalle AKA: Queen Bee (vocals)
- Dean Fertita filled in on Bass for Big Hands, played keys on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- Taylor Hawkins (drums)
- Nick Oliveri (bass)
- Tim Vanhamel AKA: Timmy 'Tipover' Vanhamel (guitar)
- Mark Lanegan (vocals)
- Alain Johannes has participated during several recordings and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
- Troy Van Leeuwen performed piano and backing vocals on Death by Sexy, and backing vocals on Heart On as well as guitar and backing vocals on several live performances.
- Liam Lynch
- Stefan Olsdal of Placebo played bass with them when the two bands toured together in 2003.
- Rat Scabies made guest appearances with the band at their London shows in 2008 and 2009.
- Abby Travis touring bassist, 2010.
- Eden Galindo (of Sweethead and Boots Electric) made live appearances in 2015 playing guitar and singing backing vocals on "Complexity" and "Save a Prayer".
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2004||Peace, Love, Death Metal||—||34||50||37||—||89||124|
|2006||Death by Sexy
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2004||"I Only Want You"||—||—||Peace, Love, Death Metal|
|"Speaking in Tongues"||—||—|
|2006||"Shasta Beast"||—||—||Death by Sexy|
|"I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)"||—||73|
|"I Gotta Feelin' (Just Nineteen)"||—||180|
|2008||"Wannabe in L.A."||38||—||Heart On|
|2009||"Anything 'Cept the Truth"||—||—|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
- DVD by Sexy (2006)
- "Anything 'cept the Truth" in a commercial for Lie to Me and in NHL 10
- "Chase the Devil" in Tony Hawk's Project 8 and Bitch Slap (2009)
- "Cherry Cola" in a 2006 Zune commercial.
- "Flames Go Higher" in a 2006 Pontiac GTO commercial.
- "Don't Speak (I Came To Make A Bang!)" in Need for Speed: Carbon, Epic Movie (2007), Compound Volume One (2006), Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008), trailers for The Losers and The Green Hornet, and Nike's "Take it to the Next level" ad.
- "High Voltage" Featured in Head & Shoulders 'It's Shower Time Joy' online campaign (2010)
- "I Like to Move in the Night" in the 2006 movie Beerfest
- "I Only Want You" in Queer as Folk, Californication, Gran Turismo 4, a 2007 Ask.com commercial, a Budweiser commercial and a Microsoft Windows 8 television commercial.
- "I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)" in Gran Turismo 5, in closing credits of "True Blood" (2008) and in the trailer for MacGruber
- "I'm Your Torpedo" in 2009 LifeStyles Condoms commercial.
- "Miss Alissa" was used in a 2014 Nike commercial named "Winner Stays", being the band's second song to be used on a Nike ad.
- "Solid Gold" in a 2006 commercial for Zune, a 2008 commercial for Axe and in a trailer for 2011's Bad Teacher
- "Speaking in Tongues" in pilot episode of Supernatural and a 2012 TV and radio ad campaign for Miller Lite.
- "Stuck in the Metal" in a 2006 Wendy's commercial and season 4 of Californication.
- "The Gosso King of Crater Lake", "Hogleg" and "You Keep Talkin'" on The Desert Sessions: Volumes 3 & 4 (1998)
- "Wannabe in L.A." in the video games Midnight Club: Los Angeles, MLB 09: The Show, Guitar Hero 5 and Colin McRae: Dirt 2
- "Whorehoppin' (Shit, Goddamn)" in the first episode of Jackass. (2000)
- The band made a cameo in 2007's Epic Movie as Aslo's Camp Band.
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- Official album credits for Death by Sexy
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