Homme performing with Queens of the Stone Age in 2011
|Birth name||Joshua Michael Homme|
|Also known as||
May 17, 1973 |
Joshua Tree, California, United States
|Origin||Palm Desert, California, United States|
Joshua Michael "Josh" Homme (// HOM-ee;[note 1] born May 17, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age, in which he sings and plays guitar, as well as occasionally playing piano, drums, and bass. He also serves as the band's primary songwriter.
Homme was formerly a guitarist and founder of the stoner rock band Kyuss. He co-founded and occasionally performs with Eagles of Death Metal, playing drums and bass for their studio recordings, and produces a musical improv series with other musicians, mostly from the Palm Desert Scene, known as The Desert Sessions. In 2009, he formed a new project called Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, who released their debut album that same year. In 2016, he released Post Pop Depression, an album with Iggy Pop.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Pseudonyms
- 5 Controversy
- 6 Musical equipment
- 7 Discography
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Homme was born in Joshua Tree, California, and grew up in an affluent family in Palm Desert, California. His grandfather, Cap, moved to the desert from North Dakota when Homme's father was a child. His surname is of Norwegian origin, and is believed to come from the town of Valle. The Homme family have a local street named after them in a golfing community, and Cap has a park named after him in an exclusive enclave of the Coachella Valley. Homme appeared in a 2011 episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations on the area, and discussed having "to create your own fun" as a child growing up in the desert. He also stated that he did not start playing music to "get girls or make money" and that he assumed that he would grow up to be "a good contractor like [his] dad".
Homme also has ties in Idaho and has talked in the past about spending summers there, including shaping experiences such as seeing Carl Perkins perform at the Sandpoint Music Festival and buying his first electric guitar (his Ovation Ultra GP) in a Sandpoint music store. He began playing guitar at the age of nine, after his parents denied his wishes for a drum kit. He took polka lessons on guitar from ages nine to eleven, during which he supposedly did not learn of a barre chord for the first two years, nor of a pick until his third year, lending to his unique playing style.
Homme joined his first band Autocracy in 1985, at the age of 12. In 1987, when he was 14 years old, Homme formed a punk rock-influenced heavy metal band with schoolmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork in Palm Desert called Katzenjammer; he was the band's guitarist. After changing their name a few times, first to Sons of Kyuss (they released an EP of the same name), they finally shortened it to Kyuss. The band garnered a cult following by the early 1990s, with the band often driving for hours out to isolated locations in the desert and plugging into generators to perform. These events, known as "generator parties", became urban legend among rock subculture. The band became both famous for their heavy, down tuned, groove oriented music, and infamous for their backstage fights with local LA bands when they traveled into town to play gigs. This soon brought the attention of Chris Goss, who became the band's mentor, helping the band sign to a label and producing them exclusively in an effort to preserve their sound. Due to Josh being younger than 18 at the time of the band's signing, his parents had to sign on his behalf. Kyuss released three major-label albums, Blues for the Red Sun, Welcome to Sky Valley, and ...And the Circus Leaves Town, all of which are often cited as cornerstones to the development of the stoner rock genre in the 1990s. Kyuss partially reformed in 2010 (now known as Vista Chino), but Homme opted to not be part of the reunion.
Queens of the Stone Age (1996–present)
When Kyuss split up in 1995, Homme joined the Screaming Trees as a rhythm guitarist, touring but not recording with the band. He and vocalist Mark Lanegan became close friends during this time. Disliking the band's continual disharmony, Homme left after just over one year with them. He founded Gamma Ray, a group more centered to his unique style and tastes, which later became Queens of the Stone Age in 1997. The first release under this name would be the Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age compilation EP featuring tracks from both Kyuss and songs recorded from the Gamma Ray sessions. Shortly thereafter, Queens of the Stone Age released their eponymous debut album in 1998. Originally, Homme had asked a number of singers, including Lanegan, to perform as lead vocalist for Queens of the Stone Age, but ended up singing for the first time in his career.
Following their debut album, Queens of the Stone Age released the next album, Rated R, during which the band used a wider range of instruments to achieve a more relaxed, spacious and psychedelic sound. Though it differed from the band's debut, Rated R became Queens of the Stone Age's first mainstream hit. The next release, 2002's Songs for the Deaf, however, would gain even more buzz from the music community and fans alike. In Songs for the Deaf, Homme continued his filtering of stoner rock and hard rock. The album centers on Homme's memories of uncomfortable rides through the California desert, where he had performed in his days with Kyuss, and where there was little to do but listen to Spanish radio stations.
During this time, Homme had a falling out with bassist and friend Nick Oliveri. Following the release of Songs for the Deaf, their relationship deteriorated until Homme fired Oliveri from the band in 2004. Homme began writing their next album, Lullabies to Paralyze, named after a lyric from the Songs for the Deaf hidden track "Mosquito Song". Lullabies to Paralyze debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and was QOTSA's best charting album on the Billboard 200 to date.
Queens of the Stone Age's fifth album, Era Vulgaris, was released in early June 2007 and received generally positive reviews from critics. Following the album's touring cycle, the band took a break to focus on individual projects, during which Homme continued to produce and create more records outside the band. This break would unintentionally turn into a six-year gap between albums.
In 2010, following his work with rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, Homme began performing more live shows with QOTSA. Following a deluxe reissue of Rated R, a 2011 re-release of their debut album was and corresponding tour followed, during which the album was played front to back in the style in which it was recorded; this was the first time many of the songs had been performed live since the album's original release.
On June 4, 2013, after a tumultuous writing and recording process, Queens of the Stone Age released their sixth album, ...Like Clockwork, receiving high praise from critics as well as topping the Billboard 200 charts. ...Like Clockwork highlights Homme's collaborative recording process and features guests such as Sir Elton John, Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Jake Shears, Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri, and Homme's wife Brody Dalle.
The Desert Sessions (1997–present)
|“||At Desert Sessions, you play for the sake of music. That's why it's good for musicians. If someday that's not enough anymore, or that's not the reason behind you doing it – that's not your raison d'être – then a quick reminder like Desert Sessions can do so much for you, it's amazing. It's easy to forget that this all starts from playing in your garage and loving it.||”|
The recordings are done "on the spot" in a matter of hours, and the line-up constantly changes, with new contributors being added for each new recording. Artists such as PJ Harvey, Twiggy Ramirez, Dave Catching, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Ben Shepherd, John McBain, Josh Freese, Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, Dean Ween, and many others from the Palm Desert Scene have contributed to The Desert Sessions recordings.
So far, ten volumes from The Desert Sessions have been released. Homme has stated to NME, among others, that he would record more material with The Desert Sessions.
Eagles of Death Metal (1998–present)
In 1998, Homme formed Eagles of Death Metal with friend Jesse Hughes. Recordings from this project first appeared on Homme's The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 & 4, released that year. Over the next few years, Homme became distracted from EoDM due to the success of Queens of the Stone Age. However, in an October 2008 interview, he re-affirmed 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.
So far the band has released four albums: Peace, Love, Death Metal in 2004, Death by Sexy in 2006, Heart On in 2008 and most recently Zipper Down in 2015. Due to his commitments with Queens of the Stone Age and other projects, Homme does not regularly tour with Eagles of Death Metal, but occasionally makes appearances during live performances.
Them Crooked Vultures (2009–present)
In July 2009, it was revealed that Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones were recording together for a musical project named Them Crooked Vultures. The trio performed their first show together on August 9, 2009 in Chicago at The Metro to a crowd of approximately 1,100 ticketholders. The band has been steadily touring with live rhythm guitarist/auxiliary man Alain Johannes. Their album, Them Crooked Vultures, was released by Interscope Records in the United States on November 17, 2009, and by Sony Music internationally. They performed on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest on February 6, 2010, and at Austin City Limits on October 2, 2009. Them Crooked Vultures won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011.
Other acts with which Homme has collaborated include Mondo Generator, Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, Fatso Jetson, Mark Lanegan Band, Trent Reznor, Masters of Reality, Millionaire, Wellwater Conspiracy, U.N.K.L.E., Primal Scream, Melissa Auf der Maur, Paz Lenchantin, Death from Above 1979, Earthlings?, Mastodon, Peaches, The Strokes, Local H, Biffy Clyro, and Arctic Monkeys. He also collaborated with The Prodigy's Liam Howlett for a remix of The Prodigy track "Take Me to the Hospital" in August 2009. It was re-titled "Take Me to the Hospital (Josh Homme and Liam H.'s wreckage remix)".
Homme was notably featured on the compilations Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen on the song "Stone Cold Crazy" alongside Eleven, Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three, as well as the Turbonegro tribute Alpha Motherfuckers as part of QOTSA covering the song "Back To Dungaree High". The very first use of the QOTSA name was on the compilation album Burn One Up! Music For Stoners featuring a one off lineup of Homme and Dave Catching with Beaver rhythm section Milo Beenhakker and Eva Nahon recording the Catching-penned "18 A.D.".
Homme, along with friend and Kyuss/QOTSA contributor/producer Chris Goss, performed as "The 5:15ers" at the inaugural ArthurBall (an offshoot of the ArthurFest festival) in Los Angeles on January 26, 2006. The two were credited as "The Fififf Teeners" when they co-produced QOTSA's second album, Rated R, and 2007 album, Era Vulgaris.
Homme produced most of the Arctic Monkeys album Humbug as well as providing backing vocals to "All My Own Stunts" on their album Suck It and See. He also appears on their 5th album AM, providing vocals for the tracks, "One For the Road" & "Knee Socks."
In June 2010 Homme appeared on the Comedy Central series Tosh.0 to do an unplugged duet version of the hit viral song What What with Internet celebrity Samwell. He also provided the theme song to Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, the show formerly known as Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Homme also collaborated with Mark Lanegan to provide the theme music for Anthony Bourdain's travel show Parts Unknown.
In May 2012, it was revealed on Dean Delray's comedy podcast "Let There Be Talk" that Homme would make a guest appearance on the release from Nick Oliveri's project Mondo Generator called Hell Comes To Your Heart. The album was recorded over three days at Homme's Pink Duck Studios and features Homme playing guitar on the album's final track, "The Last Train"; this is the first music Homme and Oliveri have collaborated with since their public falling out in 2004. "The Last Train" also features fellow former Kyuss bandmate John Garcia providing vocals, which was recorded shortly before Homme's lawsuit with Garcia regarding the Kyuss Lives! band name. It was the first time Homme had collaborated with Garcia since 1997.
In June 2012, it was revealed that Homme would be starring in Glen Campbell's final music video for the song "A Better Place". In the video, Homme plays a bartender that shows Campbell a photo album of his life, from his early childhood through his music career to the present day. The video marked the end of Campbell's musical career, a retrospect on his life following his decision to retire following his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
Homme made a very brief cameo at the end of Jack White's music video for "Freedom at 21", playing a police officer who intercepts White at a roadblock following White's escapades throughout the video.
In September 2012, he contributed the song "Nobody to Love" for the action-drama End of Watch.
In early 2013, Homme and fellow Queens contributors including Alain Johannes and Chris Goss recorded to the soundtrack of Dave Grohl's Sound City: Real to Reel. Goss, Johannes and Homme were on three tracks each. Josh is notably included in a collaboration with Grohl and Trent Reznor called Mantra, and he was also featured in an interview segment.
Homme has appeared in a number of television comedies. In December 2014, Homme made an appearance on Channel 4 sitcom Toast of London. The star of the show, Matt Berry, had been working alongside Morgana Robinson (the half-sister of Homme's wife, Brody Dalle) in the BBC sitcom House of Fools (2014–2015), in which both had prominent roles. Earlier in the year, Homme also made appearances on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! and Portlandia.
In July 2015, Homme began hosting a weekly hour-long show called The Alligator Hour with Joshua Homme on Apple Music's newly debuted 24-hour streaming internet radio station Beats 1. The show features a highly eclectic selection of songs personally selected by Homme, interspersed with his own (often wry) introductions of, and commentary about, the various tracks on that particular week's playlist. The Alligator Hour's musical selections typically have some sort of thematic, stream-of-consciousness-type relationship to each other.
Homme released a surprise album with Iggy Pop titled Post Pop Depression in March 2016, with a small tour following. The nine-track album recorded at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, as well as his Homme's Burbank studio Pink Duck. Their backing band included Dean Fertita of QOTSA and Dead Weather on guitar and keyboards, and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders; the two will join Pop and Homme on tour, along with Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar and Matt Sweeney on bass. The Pop/Homme band made their first live appearance on January 21, 2016 on the late show with Stephen Colbert.
Homme married singer and musician Brody Dalle in 2007. They reside in Palm Springs, California and have three children together: daughter Camille Harley Joan Homme (born January 17, 2006) and sons Orrin Ryder Homme (born August 12, 2011) and Wolf Dillon Reece Homme (born February 13, 2016).
Homme has over 20 tattoos. The most visible are on his knuckles, the top of which consist of his grandparents' nicknames ("Cam", short for "Camille", on the left, and "Cap" on the right) with hearts, the lower for his two sons ("ORH" for Orrin Ryder Homme and "Wolf" for Wolf Dillon Reece Homme). He has his daughters' name (also Camille) tattooed over his heart. His left arm has a switchblade with "Stay Sharp" underneath, while his inner right arm has a straight-edge razor and the words "Born to Win" inscribed, while underneath, his nickname, "Baby Duck", is a shared tattoo with his Eagles of Death Metal bandmate Jesse Hughes, who has his nickname "Boots Electric" in the same location. Homme also shares a tattoo "Freitag 4:15" with Queens of the Stone Age bandmates Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, and soundman Hutch commemorating their "worst show ever" at the Rock Am Ring Festival in Germany on Friday, June 1, 2001 at 4:15 in the afternoon. All members got the tattoo on their ribs, so it would hurt the most and serve as a reminder.
Homme has described himself as "very politically conservative" and "very socially liberal", considering himself a "fallen libertarian". He owns several guns, including a classic Winchester rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, and a Beretta 9mm target pistol. He has only ever owned one car, a silver 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, which he has owned since he was 14 years old.
Homme said that he "died" for a short time in 2010, following unexpected complications during knee surgery due to asphyxiation. He contracted an MRSA infection, which his immune system could not fight due to stress. Doctors eventually used a defibrillator to revive him following the asphyxiation. The experience left him weakened and unable to produce music for almost two years. Following this, he was confined to his bed for three months and plunged into a deep depression, considering giving up his music career. He has said that this experience greatly contributed to the making of the Queens of the Stone Age album ...Like Clockwork. He credits Transcendental Meditation with helping him recover. In June 2016, he alluded that the story about his knee surgery was created by "somebody else" and that he went "in too deep" involving drugs and sank into a depression.
Homme adopted the pseudonym "Carlo Von Sexron" to credit his playing of bass, keyboard, piano, and drums on such albums as The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 & 4, Queens of the Stone Age (album), and Peace, Love, Death Metal from Eagles of Death Metal. Homme is known as "(King) Baby Duck" to Dalle and the members of Eagles of Death Metal. He is also referred to as "J.Ho.", "Joe's Hoe" and "The Ginger Elvis".
In 2004, Homme was arrested for assaulting Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia and Karl Doyle, at an L.A. club. Pleading no contest, Homme was ordered to remain at least 100 yards (91.44 meters) away from Dahlia and the club, was sentenced to 3 years probation with community service, and was forced to enter a rehab program for 60 days.
At the 2008 Norwegian Wood festival in Oslo, Homme drew criticism for his reaction to an audience member who had thrown a shoe at him during the song "3's & 7's". Homme called the audience member a "chicken-shit fucking faggot" and "a 12-year-old dickless fucking turd". The incident drew accusations of homophobia from several blogs, which were then picked up by the mainstream media. Homme replied with a lengthy public letter denying all accusations of homophobia, and stated that the tirade was aggravated by food poisoning and a high fever.
Following a performance by QOTSA at the Jay Z-owned Made in America Festival in 2013, Homme made comments about Jay Z during a radio interview with CBC Radio 2's Strombo Show. He explained that his band was frisked by the event's security team prior to the performance and referred to Jay Z's personal interaction with the band as a marketing stunt:
|“||He has his security frisking the bands on the way in. I just told them if you open up my bag I'm not playing so I guess it's up to you whether we are playing or not... the idea they frisked all my guys, means you're in some different place, no-one has ever done that [to me]... he also gave us some champagne and wanted us to take a photo with it. And I thought, that's not a gift, that is a marketing tool. So I destroyed it. Because I thought it was rude overall. And you shouldn't frisk my guys, you should fuck off.||”|
|“||I don't [share secrets] only because my sound is important to me and I've spent a lot of years just working it over with little tricks here and there, I almost feel like if you reveal too much of that you give away something that's near and dear to you. It's like you put it up on the altar and say, 'Here, everyone take a slice.'||”|
|— Josh Homme, June 2007|
Homme has in the past been very evasive about his equipment, choosing to either change the subject or even lie when asked about his setup in interviews and objecting to official photos of his pedal board. Although as of recent times Homme has loosened his attitude on the subject, much of Homme's known equipment through the years has been compiled through amateur photos and screenshots performing live and in studio.
In his approach to choosing his equipment, Homme tends to look for the odd or unique, opting to stay away from the typical choices of other guitar players. In an interview about guitars in 2008, Homme claimed at the time to own close to 35 guitars, saying that only 3 of them were "really good". He declared that he purposely did not have a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul, but that he's always in search of intriguing, unique guitars, which are not always generally accepted as "quality" guitars, but are nevertheless great to use. He said that he tends to buy "weird, Japanese" guitars, or guitars that are already "scarred" and thus have a story.
In Kyuss, in an attempt to attain an original sound, Homme developed the unconventional method of downtuning his guitar by ear to a pitch around C standard, "tuning down until the strings started to flop, and then (tuning) up a bit." This tuning later became a staple of Homme's sound carried into Queens of the Stone Age. During the tours up until Lullabies to Paralyze, Homme used his Ovation Ultra GP's for such, while switching to first an Airline guitar, then his Gibson Marauder, Maton Mastersounds, and then finally his Epiphone Dot for other tunings. Following the Songs for the Deaf tour Homme desired a fundamental change, and retired his GPs from both live use and recording, and switched to almost exclusively using semihollow guitars such as his Maton BB1200s and MotorAve BelAires. Homme has been listed as a user of Seymour Duncan's SH-11, SHR-1b and SH-1 guitar pickups, but has been known to use many other brands including DiMarzio, Bare Knuckle, and Arcane.
- MotorAve BelAire – The first ever BelAire model was sold to Homme's longtime collaborator Alain Johannes. A few weeks later Homme ordered the second for himself, serial #11 in a black finish and with a silver scratchplate, fitted with Gibson P-94 pickups. The guitar became Homme's primary guitar during the recording of Era Vulgaris, after which the pickups were switched to Wolfetone Humbuckers. In 2013 Homme started playing two more, #86 in natural mahogany and #73 in silver for E and C standard tuning respectively, becoming his main guitars live and replacing his long used Matons and Epiphone. Homme also owns BelAire #65, which is cherry with a black scratchplate.
- Ovation Ultra GP – Josh's guitar of choice for recording and live use in Kyuss and the first three QOTSA records, Homme's original model, in black, was one of only a few hundred ever made in 1984. Homme came across the guitar in a record store in northern Idaho, paying around $200. The guitar soon became a signature part of Homme's sound, and in Kyuss, Homme used the neck pick up exclusively. By 1998, Josh modified the guitar with a Tune-o-Matic style bridge and stop tailpiece. In 2000, Homme acquired a honey sunburst model as a backup before modifying it to have a string-through body for regular use around 2002. In 2003, he replaced the sunburst on tour with his third GP- a wine red model, already modified to identical specs. They were used in conjunction with the main black model before retiring the guitars altogether in early 2004.
- Maton BB1200 JH – The Josh Homme signature guitar expanding on his favorite BB1200, fitted with custom wound "Hommebuckers" and a trapeze tailpiece in a tobacco sunburst. Josh's personal guitar features a flame maple top and toggle switch on the lower bout, unlike the production model.
- Maton BB1200 – Developed for Homme and named after his favorite prototype "Betty Blue", Homme also owns Black and Red Wine early production models.
- Maton MS524 – Featured a Black Sparkle finish, tuned to E prior to the Epiphone Dot's acquisition, and later D prior to the MS503.
- Maton MS520 – Homme's first Maton, given to him around 2000. Most notably used in the "No One Knows" video.
- Maton MS503 – In a burgundy finish. Used for "The Sky Is Fallin'" during the Songs for the Deaf tour 2003 on in D standard.
- Maton MS501 – White single pickup model belonging to Brody Dalle, used in studio.
- Maton MS526 – Sunburst model equipped with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.
- Maton MS500/12 HC – Developed by Maton in collaboration with Homme.
- Maton Starline – White model used in Australia in 2008.
- Echopark El Cuero Custom – Homme owns two El Cuero's custom made by Gabriel Currie of Echopark guitars; one features chambered 200-year-old reclaimed Honduran Mahogany from the Los Angeles library, a 300-year-old burled walnut top, and Arcane Ultra'Tron and Gold Coil pickups. The other has a green burst finish and a combination f/cat's eye style sound hole with custom Arcane crow engraved humbuckers. Both have a trapeze tailpiece based on a 50s Kay guitar and a custom neck shape.
- Echopark Esperanto Z - Homme's newest Gabriel Currie creation, a large hollow-body shaped similar to his Matons in a Cadillac Green finish, with a custom Arcane bridge Humbucker and Gold Coil in the neck.
- Echopark La Carne – Used prior to the creation of his custom El Cuero models.
- Epiphone Dot – Homme's main guitar for songs in E from 2002 to 2013. In Them Crooked Vultures, Homme used the Dot as well as a Lucille variation.
- Epiphone Casino – Vintage 1964 sunburst model with tremolo. Homme has said the Casino is one of his favorite guitars.
- Fender Telecaster – Homme has admitted to being an avid Telecaster fan and has been seen using white and sunburst T-63's and a black T-72TL (Thinline) built by Bill Nash, vintage and reissue Fender Telecaster Customs, and a Fender FSR chambered mahogany model in Them Crooked Vultures.
- Tempo/Conrad Bison – Rare Japanese Matsumoku made 27" scale semi-baritone offset(s) that "wishes it was a Fender"; the rarer of which, the original red Tempo variation, was purchased at a yard sale in Boise, Idaho by Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O'Connor. Used for songs in E during the Era Vulgaris period.
- Tempo/Univox UC-2 - Another Matsumoku guitar, a short scale in red burst reminiscent of a Fender Jaguar with a slanted bridge pickup, also similar to an Epiphone ET-270.
- Teisco '68 V-2 – Japanese Mosrite copy used at the few live performances from 2004-early 2005, pre-Lullabies to Paralyze, fitted with humbuckers.
- Yamaha SA503 TVL – Bandmate Troy Van Leeuwen's (TVL) signature semihollow in black finish. Tuned to EGDGBE during the Lullabies tour for "The Fun Machine Took a Shit & Died" and "Someone's in the Wolf".
- Gibson Les Paul Classic Goldtop – 1991 model with gold back and sides used as a backup in Kyuss. Now used by Troy Van Leeuwen.
- Gibson Les Paul double-cut – Early 70s Standard, 1 of 6 customized by "Strings & Things" in Memphis, Tennessee. Owned by Dave Catching.
- Gibson Barney Kessel - Produced between 1961 and 1974, used around the Lullabies period, and in the "In My Head" video.
- Gibson ES-225 TC - Used to record Lullabies, notable for its unique single middle P-90 pickup.
- Gibson ES-125 3/4 - Also used around the Lullabies recording period.
- Gibson Marauder Custom – Used for songs in E on the Rated R tour.
- Gibson SG Custom – White finish 70s model used as backup in Screaming Trees.
- Ovation Viper – Used briefly as a backup in Kyuss, Screaming Trees, and the first QOTSA shows with Wellwater Conspiracy.
- B.C. Rich Mockingbird – Used as Homme's main guitar up until Blues for the Red Sun, prior to acquiring the Ovation.
- Ibanez X Series - Used very early in the Katzenjammer and Sons of Kyuss days, prior to the B.C. Rich.
- Ampeg Dan Armstrong – Featured in the "Sick, Sick, Sick" video.
- Airline Town and Country – Two pickup model in redburst, used in Queens for songs in E for the first tour.
- Hofner Verithin 4575 – Rare German guitar from the mid 60s. Used by TVL in the "Make It wit Chu" video.
- Hagström HJ-500 – A reissue of the jazz box originally designed by Jimmy D'Aquisto and Hagström.
- Gretsch Synchromatic G100CE – Archtop guitar.
- Gretsch Corvette – Used briefly as a backup in Kyuss and brought back during the recording of Lullabies to Paralyze and Desert Sessions 9 & 10.
- Gretsch Spectra Sonic – Baritone also used during the Lullabies recordings.
- Gretsch 7660 Nashville – Early 70s smaller bodied Chet Atkins signature model.
- Rickenbacker 360/12 – Black double bound v64 reissue model with "toaster" pickups.
- Fender Jazzmaster - Used a Troy Van Leeuwen signature model on tour with Iggy Pop.
- Burns Double Six – Homme used TVL's greenburst live on "Another Love Song" ca. 2003 and later in studio for ...Like Clockwork. Homme now has a rare redburst model for himself used on tour with Iggy Pop.
- Danelectro Dano 63 – Baritone used in studio.
- Guild Songbird – Arguably Homme's main acoustic, a heavy small bodied guitar structurally similar to its' electric cousin the Bluesbird.
- Martin D-35 - Modern and vintage models, including a late 60s/early 70s converted left handed model.
- Martin D-28 – Modern and vintage models.
- Gibson J-200 – Natural finish.
- Gibson J-45 – Vintage model.
- Gibson B-45 – 12 string acoustic in sunburst with trapeze tailpiece.
- Gibson Chet Atkins SST – Used at an impromptu live appearance at a Best Buy in Oklahoma City, among other places.
- Yamaha SA-70 – Homme's main bass, a late 60s hollow body in sunburst. Used all over Lullabies to Paralyze, Era Vulgaris, and ...Like Clockwork, as well as countless Eagles of Death Metal songs, Them Crooked Vultures, and other related projects. Used live by Homme in Queens during the Lullabies era for "Burn the Witch" and "Long Slow Goodbye".
- Fender Precision Special – Homme's other main, an early 80s P bass with heavy brass hardware and a maple neck, with the finish sanded down and re-stained. This is the bass Homme played prominently on Queens' self-titled record, as well as at least Lullabies, and Era Vulgaris and was also used briefly by Nick Oliveri live. Also used on numerous Desert Sessions and EODM recordings.
- Gibson EB-2 - Vintage model used on ...Like Clockwork and live occasionally by Michael Shuman.
- Audition Deluxe – Rare 60s UK imported Teisco bass. Used on several numerous recordings including Eagles of Death Metal and Brody Dalle's solo album.
- Teisco Del Rey EB-200W – Teisco's equivalent of a Hofner 500/1, a hollow body violin bass.
- Christocaster – A crucifix-shaped guitar. Built from church organ pipes and a neck salvaged from a pawnshop fire. Built by Chicago luthier Fred Mangan. Homme also owns a guitar built by Mr. Mangan made of a household satellite dish and a Peavey guitar neck.
- Andy Manson Lotus archtop guitar – Purchased during the recording sessions for Them Crooked Vultures.
- Casio DG-20 Guitar Synthesizer – Homme calls it "The ugliest guitar (he's) ever seen," and that it "doesn't look good on anybody". Used by Julian Casablancas on "Sick, Sick, Sick".
During the early days of QOTSA much of his late setup from Kyuss was still being used, later Homme turned more towards Ampeg amplifers and cabinets, though throughout his career Homme has experimented a lot with different combinations of amplifiers, cabinets, and settings- especially in studio. When recording, Homme usually opts to use small, often cheap, low wattage amps in bright rooms rather than large, loud amplifiers. Here is a list of some of the equipment he has been known to have used.
- Ampeg VT-40 – 60 watt combo with four 10" speakers. Owns both top and front mounted control panel models.
- Ampeg VT-22 – 120 watt combo with two 12" speakers.
- Ampeg V-4 – Head only version of VT-22. Used with Ampeg 2x12's, 70s V-2 4x12's, Orange and various 4x12 cabinets.
- Ampeg V-4B – Owns a couple of these, the bass version of the V-4. Used specifically around 2001 and during the recordings of Deaf.
- Ampeg ST-42 "Colossus" – Flagship 4x12 stack of Ampeg's early ST-line solid-state heads, alongside the ST-25 Olympian (2x15) and ST-22 Gladiator (2x12) models.
- Ampeg B-22X "Jupiter 22" - 50 watt vertical 2x12 bass combo. 1969 model.
- Ampeg G-20 "Gemini 20" - 35 watt horizontal 2x10 guitar combo. 1969 model.
- Ampeg J-12 - 18 watt 1x12 combo. Late 60's/early 70's top mounted control panel model.
- Ampeg Portaflex B-12XT/B-18X - "Fliptop" combo head later seen paired with the Colossus cabinet. Mid 60's model.
- Ampeg Micro VR – Miniature version of the SVT stack, 200 watt head with a 2x10 cabinet.
- Ampeg VL-502 – Ampeg's short-lived attempt at the popular modded Marshall of the 80s.
- Tube Works RT-2100 ES – Custom built for Homme for use in Kyuss around the ...And the Circus Leaves Town period, still used for recording to this day.
- Sunn Model T – Used for recording guitar and bass, experimented with in setups in 1998 and 2010.
- Peavey Amplifiers – Known to use a Standard 260, Musician 400, and Solo PA in QOTSA and other models during the early days circa Sons of Kyuss and Wretch.
- Marshall JCM 900 - Used on Blues for the Red Sun and Welcome to Sky Valley. Used with an Ampeg 8x10 bass cabinet and Marshall 4x12 guitar cabinets.
- Fender Bassman – Owns at least two: a Blackface Bassman Ten and a Silverface Bassman 135 head.
- VOX Amplifiers – Used an AC30 on the Lullabies to Paralyze tour and an AC10 for recording.
- Orange Amps – 90s reissue OR120 and OD120 Overdrive used in Screaming Trees and Micro Terror stack recording.
- Greedtone JHI-100 – Head acquired just prior to the ...Like Clockwork tour, used live briefly alongside their RG-212 cabs.
- Chandler Limited GAV19T – Custom 19 watt amp.
- Altec Lansing Amplifiers - Owns numerous models used in studio.
- Echopark Amplifiers - Used a Vibromatic 23 head with 2x12 cab and Vibromatic 13 combo on tour with Iggy Pop.
- Guild Amplifiers - Has a Thunder 1 Reverb, and Thunderstar Bass head with 1x15 cabinet.
- Gibson Amplifiers – Known to own at least three early examples, including an EH-185 and 150.
- Epiphone Valve Junior - 5 watt mini-stack used for recoding and seen with Iggy Pop.
- Gorilla Amplifiers - Long discontinued cheaply made small solid state amps, of which Homme owns several.
- Supro Sportsman - Head used live with Them Crooked Vultures paired with a few different cabinets.
- Teisco Checkmate 25 - Replaced the Sportsman amp in Vultures and supplemented with an Ampeg 2x12 cabinet.
- WEM Amplifiers - As a group used a couple of heads as backups and two Watkins Dominator stereo amps with Iggy Pop.
- Silvertone 1484 and 1483 - Used in Them Crooked Vultures, Iggy Pop, and in studio.
- Klear Sound Plexiglass 4x12 – Cab for Supro Sportsman used in Them Crooked Vultures, constructed for use on the Era Vulgaris tour.
|1990||Kyuss||Sons of Kyuss||Guitars|
|1992||Blues for the Red Sun||Guitars and co-producer|
|1994||Welcome to Sky Valley|
|1995||...And the Circus Leaves Town|
|1998||The Desert Sessions||Volumes 1 & 2||Guitar, bass, vocals, keyboard, drums, percussion|
|Queens of the Stone Age||Queens of the Stone Age||Vocals and guitar, bass, keyboard, and piano|
|The Desert Sessions||Volumes 3 & 4||Guitars, vocals, drums, production|
|1999||Volumes 5 & 6||Guitar, bass, vocals, Yamaha, drums, percussion, mix, "other stuff"|
|2000||Queens of the Stone Age||Rated R||Vocals, guitar, percussion, drums, piano, backing vocals, mixing, concept, and co-producer|
|Kyuss||Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss||Guitars and co-producer|
|2001||The Desert Sessions||Volumes 7 & 8||Vocals, guitar, bass, strings, piano, drums, percussion, winner|
|2002||Queens of the Stone Age||Songs for the Deaf||Vocals, guitars, and co-producer|
|2003||The Desert Sessions||Volumes 9 & 10||Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion|
|2004||Eagles of Death Metal||Peace, Love, Death Metal||Drums, percussion, bass, and producer|
|2005||Queens of the Stone Age||Lullabies to Paralyze||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, drums, percussion, and co-producer|
|2006||Eagles of Death Metal||Death by Sexy||Drums, backup vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar, and producer|
|2007||Queens of the Stone Age||Era Vulgaris||Vocals, guitar, percussion, bass guitar, lap steel guitar, piano, organ, percussion ball, and co-producer|
|2008||Eagles of Death Metal||Heart On||Drums, guitars, bass, percussion, vocals, and producer|
|2009||Them Crooked Vultures||Them Crooked Vultures||Vocals, guitar, organ, lap steel, production|
|2013||Queens of the Stone Age||...Like Clockwork||Vocals, guitar, twelve-string guitar, piano, bass, percussion, synthesisers, drums and co-producer|
|2015||Eagles of Death Metal||Zipper Down||Drums, guitars, bass, percussion, vocals, and producer|
|2016||Iggy Pop||Post Pop Depression||vocals, guitar, keyboards, production|
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