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Queens of the Stone Age Biography

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Birth Place: Palm Desert, California, USA
Years Active: 1997-present
Genres: Hard Rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock

Queens of the Stone Age, also known by the acronym QOTSA, or simply Queens, is an American hard rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1997. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included founding member Josh Homme (lead vocals, guitar), with its current line-up including longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, pedal steel) and Joey Castillo (drums, percussion), alongside Michael Shuman (bass guitar) and Dean Fertita (keyboards, backing vocals).

Formed after the demise of Homme's previous band, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy music. Their sound has since evolved to incorporate a variety of different styles and influences.

The band signed with the independent label Loosegroove Records and released “Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age” EP in 1997.

In 1998, the band released its full-length debut, “Queens of the Stone Age.” The band subsequently signed with Interscope Records and released its first album for a major label, “Rated R,” which became the first Queens of the Stone Age album to chart. It peaked at number 16 on the Top Heatseekers and reached high positions on charts worldwide.

In 2001, the band was joined by vocalist Mark Lanegan, and released their third album, “Songs for the Deaf” in 2002. The album brought the band to a new level of commercial success earning the band's first gold record certification in the US, having sold 986,000 copies in the country, and a full-fledged tour followed in support of the album. Upon its worldwide release in late August 2002, the album would peak at the top twenty on most of the charts it appeared on, reaching the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Norway and the UK, the top twenty Finland, Italy, Sweden and the US (number 17 on the Billboard 200 album chart). The album received two Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy nominations for singles "No One Knows" (2002), and "Go with the Flow" (2003).

The follow-up album was 2005's “Lullabies to Paralyze,” which peaked at number five on the Billboard 200. Two years later, the band released their fifth studio effort, “Era Vulgaris,” which sold approximately 149,000 copies worldwide in its first week, whereas “Lullabies to Paralyze” sold approximately 97,000 in its first week in the United States. “Era Vulgaris” also reached a lower chart position, peaking at number fourteen on the Billboard 200 while “Lullabies to Paralyze” peaked at five.