Jesse Hughes (musician)

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Jesse Hughes
Eagles of Death Metal @ Steel Blue Oval (1 3 2010) (4416148631).jpg
Hughes playing at Steel Blue Oval (2010)
Background information
Birth name Jesse Everett Hughes
Also known as The Devil, Boots Electric, J Devil
Born (1972-09-24) September 24, 1972 (age 43)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, garage rock revival, blues rock, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, flute
Years active 1998-
Labels AntAcidAudio, Downtown Records, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Associated acts Eagles of Death Metal, Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age

Jesse "The Devil" Hughes (born September 24, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, with whom he has recorded four studio albums.

Early life[edit]

At age 7, Hughes' mother, Jo Ellen, moved him to Palm Desert, California. In high school, he became friends with Josh Homme (later of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age). They became good friends after Homme stopped a bully from picking on Hughes. Hughes graduated from the Greenville Technical College with a degree in journalism and worked as the manager of a video depot in Palm Desert for several years.

Recording career[edit]

Eagles of Death Metal[edit]

Main article: Eagles of Death Metal

Hughes and Homme formed Eagles of Death Metal in 1998. Hughes credits Homme with saving his life, claiming that during the recording of the second Eagles of Death Metal album Death By Sexy, he fell into serious drug addiction and that Homme not only drove him to rehabilitation, but paid for it as well.[1]

Le Bataclan attack[edit]

On November 13, 2015, the Bataclan theatre in Paris was attacked while Eagles of Death Metal were performing. Hughes escaped via the backstage,[2] and the rest of the band survived as well.[3] The attacks killed 90 fans at the theatre, and 130 people overall.[4]

Other projects[edit]

Hughes is one of the characters in the book Sex Tips from Rock Stars by Paul Miles published by Omnibus Press in July 2010.[5]

In September 2011, Hughes released his first solo album under the nickname Boots Electric. The album, Honkey Kong, was released on Dangerbird Records.[6][7] He played his first[citation needed] show in Columbus, Ohio, on August 12, 2011, at the CD 101 Summerfest Eve.[8]

On December 6, 2012, Jesse Hughes became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church.[9]

In 2015, Hughes appeared in the Björn Tagemose-directed silent film Gutterdämmerung, starring Iggy Pop, Grace Jones, Lemmy and Henry Rollins. [10]

Personal life[edit]

In a 2007 interview, bandmate Josh Homme stated "Jesse Hughes and I have a theory; we’re socially liberal but government conservative guys".[11] Hughes has also said "I wanted to be a Republican politician, for God sakes. I’m a conservative, dude".[12]


Hughes uses many different nicknames, including "J. Devil" (or simply "The Devil")[13] as well as "Boots Electric" ("Boots" for short) and "Fabulous Weapon" (both of which were band names used by Hughes' father). In an interview[14] Hughes revealed that his band mate Josh Homme gave him "The Devil" nickname when he was thirteen. "I used to get picked on a lot by Karl Doyle" says Hughes, "And when I would get picked on severely, or if it really made a point to me, I would get vengeance, but I would get vengeance in the way that I could, which was mostly clever and all consuming. Joshua once witnessed me in the moment I was about to enact vengeance upon someone, and he just said, 'You're the fucking devil dude,' and it stuck."

Musical equipment[edit]

Hughes is currently endorsed by Maton guitars[15] and Orange amplifiers.[16]


  • Maton MS500 Electric
  • Maton BB1200 Electric
  • Maton EAJ85 Jumbo Acoustic
  • Yamaha AES1500
  • Custom Gretsch Duo Jet with orange finish and black rooster knob in place of master volume knob [17]


  • Ernie Ball Wah Pedal
  • Boss DD-6 Delay
  • TC Electronic Nova Drive Overdrive/Distortion
  • Boss TU-2 Tuner
  • EHX Mini Q Tron
  • EHX Deluxe Memory Man Classic Chassis
  • MOOG MF-102 Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
  • MXR Phase 100
  • Boss BF-3 Flanger
  • Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer
  • Vox V8474 Wah
  • Custom L.A. Sound Design Pedalboard [18]


  • Orange Rockerverb 50w combo
  • Orange 4x12 Cabinet
  • Laney Amplifer

Selected discography[edit]

Year Band or artist Album
1998 The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 & 4
2002 Fatso Jetson Cruel & Delicious
2004 Eagles of Death Metal Peace, Love, Death Metal
Jesse Hughes A Pair of Queens
2005 Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
2006 Eagles of Death Metal Death By Sexy
2008 Eagles of Death Metal Heart On
September 2011 Boots Electric (solo artist) Honkey Kong
2011 on Miracle Boots Electric (solo artist) Untitled 4 song 12 inch LP
2015 Eagles of Death Metal Zipper Down


  1. ^ [1] Archived July 5, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Singer for Eagles of Death Metal escapes Paris attack". ABC News. November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Paris attacks: Eagles of Death Metal safe after fans killed at gig". 
  4. ^ "Horror unfolds at Paris' Bataclan theater". USA Today. November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Paul Miles. "Sex Tips From Rock Stars by Paul Miles". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  6. ^ Andrew Martin (2011-08-04). "Eagles Of Death Metal Frontman Preps Solo Debut, 'Honkey Kong' | Prefix". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Play Full Music Albums Free - Spinner". Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "Jesse Hughes (Boots Electric), Leader of Eagles of Death Metal Becomes an Ordained Minister with the Universal One Church". Archived from the original on 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  10. ^ "Iggy Pop, Grace Jones, Henry Rollins to Star in Silent Movie Gutterdämmerung". 
  11. ^ "Queens of the Stone Age Interview: Josh Homme". 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  12. ^ "Jesse Hughes". Rockin Lifestyle. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  13. ^ Blevins, Tal (2004-10-20). "Eagles of Death Metal: Local-Eyzed in San Francisco". Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  14. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Part 2: Jesse Hughes". 4 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  15. ^ Maton website
  16. ^ [3][dead link]
  17. ^ "Boots Electric "Honkey Kong" album trailer". YouTube. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  18. ^ [4][dead link]

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