Joey Castillo

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Joey Castillo
Castillo performing in 2009
Castillo performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJoseph William Castillo
Also known as
  • The Sexy Mexi
  • Joey C
Born (1966-03-30) March 30, 1966 (age 58)
Gardena, California, U.S.
Years active1984–present
Member of
Formerly of

Joseph William Castillo[citation needed] (born March 30, 1966) is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer of the hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age from 2002 to 2012. He is currently a member of Circle Jerks, The Bronx, DOOM Regulator, Zakk Sabbath and Sugartooth, with former bands including Danzig, Wasted Youth, California Breed, Zilch, and Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.

From 1994 to 2002, Castillo was the drummer of Danzig, recording three studio albums with the band before joining Queens of the Stone Age in 2002 to tour in support of their breakthrough album, Songs for the Deaf. He recorded two albums, Lullabies to Paralyze (2005), Era Vulgaris (2007), and half of ...Like Clockwork (2013) before being fired by founding member Josh Homme during the process.[1]

Since leaving Queens of the Stone Age and Homme side project Eagles of Death Metal in 2012, Castillo joined California Breed, replacing founding member Jason Bonham, joined Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, touring with the band before the singer's death in 2015, and joined three groups with former Queens of the Stone Age bandmate Nick Oliveri: supergroups Bloodclot (with John Joseph of Cro-Mags and Todd Youth, former Danzig and Murphy's Law guitarist), Royale Daemons (with Wino), and historic punk band Bl'ast.[2][3][4] Castillo also has joined Zakk Wylde-led Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath. In 2023, Castillo along with Tim Armstrong and Jesse Michaels formed the band DOOM Regulator.


A native of Gardena, California, Castillo began playing drums at age 15, when his grandmother loaned him the money to buy a drum kit. His playing is influenced by War, Al Green, Led Zeppelin, the 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 named Chronic Halitosis.[5] They played punk covers of bands like Misfits and Black Flag.[6]

In 1994, Castillo left Sugartooth and joined Danzig, having turned down offers from Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.[7] He worked as Chuck Biscuit's drum tech circa '90-'93 and finally replaced him as live drummer on the '94 tours, following the release of Danzig 4. From that point on, he was (with exception for Glenn) the only constant Danzig member for almost ten years, performing all percussion duties on Blackacidevil (1996), Satan's Child (1999) and I Luciferi (2002). In 1996, he was featured on Robert Trujillo's solo album, and in 1998 he joined Zilch.[8] He replaced Goatsnake's original drummer after his departure in 2001, but that was short lived when they split up shortly after.[9] Castillo auditioned for Guns N' Roses in 1997, but did not join the band.[10] 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 (Avon) at a last-minute rehearsal when frontman Josh Homme reportedly walked out of the room, and returned saying "I just fired the drummer. The tour starts tomorrow," offering Castillo the gig, for which he remained for 10 years. Castillo also played on side projects including Mark Lanegan's solo album Bubblegum, Desert Sessions Vol. 9 & 10 and Eagles of Death Metal's second and third albums Death by Sexy (2006) & Heart On (2008), touring with the latter.[11]

After leaving QotSA in 2012, Castillo has had great demand as a session player, touring musician as well as becoming a proper band member in numerous projects.

Notably, on June 25, 2017, Castillo, along with Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig Reznor, Robin Finck, Atticus Ross, and Alessandro Cortini appeared as "The Nine Inch Nails" in Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return, performing an alternate live rendition of the song "She's Gone Away", which had appeared on Nine Inch Nails' 2016 album "Not the Actual Events"[12]

In 2018, Castillo joined The Bronx after founding member Jorma Vik left to play with Castillo's former band Eagles of Death Metal. The following year, he toured in a session capacity with The Hives.

In July 2021, hardcore punk band Circle Jerks announced that Castillo would be their new drummer and he would join them on their reunion tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1980 album Group Sex. The tour was announced in 2019 and planned for 2020 however it was postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

In March 2023, Castillo formed the band Bad Optix along with Tim Armstrong, Jesse Michaels and Spencer Pollard. The group released "Raid", their first single.[14][15] Less than a week after announcing the formation of the band, the band changed their name to DOOM Regulator.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Castillo currently resides in Joshua Tree, California with his four children and his wife.[18]

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


Castillo currently uses Tama drums, pedals and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Vater sticks and LP equipment. In 2018, he switched back to Tama after over ten years with Oxnard, California's Drum Workshop and five years with San Pedro's Q Drum Co. Pre-QOTSA he was known to use Tama drums, Paiste cymbals and Easton sticks.[19]

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.

Castillo also has two drumkits which belonged to Chuck Biscuits and considers them his most prized possessions.


Q Drum Co drums (Clear seamless Acrylic or Black Stain Mahogany)

  • 26"x14" Bass Drum
  • 14"x10" Rack Tom
  • 18"x16" Floor Tom
  • 14"x8" Aluminum Plate Snare

DW Hardware

  • DW 6710 straight cymbal stands (3x)
  • DW 5000 Hi-Hat Stand
  • DW 9000 bass pedal

Zildjian Cymbals

  • Zildjian 24-inch K Light ride
  • Zildjian 21-inch K Crash Ride
  • Zildjian 20-inch K Crash
  • Zildjian 16-inch K Light Hi Hats

Vater Sticks

  • Vater Rock, Power 5B and Power 3A

Remo Heads

  • Snare: Remo Emperor X
  • Toms: Remo Clear Emperor's
  • Bass: Remo Clear Powerstroke III with Falam Slam


Tama Star Maple Drums (Gloss Natural Curly Maple Finh)

  • 26"x14" Bass Drum
  • 15"x12" Rack Tom
  • 20"x18" Floor Tom
  • 14"x8" Q Drum Co. Aluminum Plate Snare

Tama Hardware

  • Tama HC52F "The Classic Stand" (3x)
  • Tama HH915D Speed Cobra 910 Hi-Hat Stand or HH55F "The Classic"
  • Tama HP910LN Speed Cobra 910 single pedal

Zildjian Cymbals

  • 15" K Sweet Hi-Hats
  • 20" K Dark Crash Thin
  • 24" Z Heavy Power Ride
  • 21" K Crash/Ride

Vater "ROCK" Drumsticks

Remo Drumheads

  • Snare – Emperor X
  • Toms – Coated Emperors (Batter) / Clear Ambassadors (Resonant)
  • Bass – Coated Powerstroke P3 (Batter) / Smooth White and Ebony Powerstroke P3s (Resonant)

Castillo has also been seen using Ebony Pinstripes and clear Controlled Sounds on his toms.

QOTSA Era Gear (2002–2012)[edit]

Era Vulgaris tour equipment (2007–2008)[edit]

Castillo used larger sized tom drums than ever before, while moving to a smaller bass drum, the opposite of the Lullabies-era configuration. He continued using Vic Firth sticks, DW drums with OCDP clear acrylic shells, DW pedals and hardware, but switched from using Paiste to Zildjian cymbals.

Lullabies To Paralyze tour equipment (2005–2006)[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. Joey also dropped his second floor tom and LP bongos during this tour and added on an LP jamblock to his drumkit. From this tour and on, he would use the toms to play "Better Living Through Chemistry" during the verses. During the Lullabies tour Joey started removing his bottom heads on both his toms To achieve the "concert tom" sound which gave his toms a punchy, fatter sound

Songs for the Deaf tour equipment (2002–2004)[edit]

Castillo used DW drums and hardware, Paiste cymbals and Remo heads during the Songs for the Deaf tour, occasionally using PDP kits for one-off performances.


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
1999 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
2011 Boots Electric Honkey Kong
2013 Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
2016 BL'AST! BL'AST! / eyehategod split 7-inch
2016 Zakk Sabbath Live in Detroit (live EP)
2017 Bloodclot Up in Arms
2020 Danzig Danzig Sings Elvis
2020 Zakk Sabbath Vertigo
2020 The Hives Live at Third Man Records
2020 Patrón Patrón
2021 The Bronx Bronx VI
2023 DOOM Regulator "Raid"
2024 Zakk Sabbath "Doomed Forever Forever Doomed"


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  14. ^ "Operation Ivy's Jesse Michaels and Tim Armstrong Form New Band". Consequence of Sound. March 29, 2023. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  15. ^ "BAD OPTIX – Raid New Single Out Now". March 29, 2023. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  17. ^ "DOOM Regulator". April 4, 2023. Retrieved April 4, 2023.
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