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Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles of Death Metal on stage at the Commodore Ballroom July 20th 2009.jpg
Eagles of Death Metal playing the Commodore Ballroom on July 20, 2009.
Background information
Origin Palm Desert, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock, garage rock, hard rock, desert rock, blues rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Rekords, Downtown, GUN
Associated acts Queens of the Stone Age, The Desert Sessions, Millionaire, Them Crooked Vultures, Jack Black, Kyuss
Website www.eaglesofdeathmetal.com
Members Jesse Hughes
Josh Homme
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.[1] 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.[2][3]


Early years (1998–2003)[edit]

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."[4]

Peace, Love, Death Metal (2004–2005)[edit]

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)[edit]

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.[5]

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)[edit]

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.[6] 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)[edit]

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.[7]

The track "High Voltage" from Heart On was featured in an online campaign for Head & Shoulders in 2010

In September 2011, Hughes (guitar/vocals) released his debut solo album Honkey Kong under the sobriquet Boots Electric.

On October 19, 2013, JHughes posted a video of studio footage on his Instagram account, specifying that a new Eagles of Death Metal album due next year is in the works.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10][11]



  • 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[edit]

  • 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

Past contributors[edit]

Brian O'Connor (bass) playing at the Commodore Ballroom on July 20, 2009


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions














2004 Peace, Love, Death Metal 34 50 37 89 124
2006 Death by Sexy
  • Released: April 11, 2006
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, LP
113 11 51 98 169 60 108
2008 Heart On
  • Released: October 28, 2008[20]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, LP
57 3 40 59 100 91
2015 Zipper Down
  • Released: October 2, 2015[21]
  • Label: T-Boy/UMe
  • Formats: CD, LP
29 24 39 32
"—" 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
"Cherry Cola"
2008 "Wannabe in L.A." 38 Heart On
"Secret Plans"
"High Voltage"
2009 "Anything 'Cept the Truth"
2015 "Complexity" Zipper Down
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Putting some fun in death metal - Stage - Night & Day". The Prague Post. March 12, 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal: Death By Sexy". Amoeba Music. 
  3. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal". Manchester Academy. 
  4. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Part 1: Joshua Homme". SuicideGirls.com. October 30, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Guns N' Roses Manager: Eagles Of Death Metal Could Not Handle Audience Response". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Live Launch Event Featuring Eagles Of Death Metal At The Virgin Megastore In Los Angeles". Rockstar Games. 
  7. ^ "detroiter Motorcityblog: Eagles of Death Metal @ Small's". motorcityblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Video by fatherbadass". Instagram.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal set to play headline show at KOKO". Gigwise. 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  10. ^ "Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes Detail Eagles of Death Metal LP ZIPPER DOWN, Share Bonkers Cover". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Announce First Album in Seven Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Official album credits for Death by Sexy
  13. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  14. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  15. ^ "Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Belgian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  17. ^ "French charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Chartverfolgung / EAGLES OF DEATH METAL / Longplay". PhonoNet. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  19. ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias. "E-40 – E-Z Rollers". Zobbel. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal's Heart On out October 21st, tour begins in September". prefixmag.com. Retrieved June 24, 2008. 
  21. ^ "NEW ALBUM. NEW TOUR DATES. NEW MOVIE. CHECK, CHECK, & CHECK!". eaglesofdeathmetal.com. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  23. ^ "Nikesoccer: Home". Nike.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 

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