Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band with a focus on heavy rock, although they incorporate other genres of music as well. The band consists of Josh Homme, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, Troy Van Leeuwin, and Jon Theodore.
Queens of the Stone Age's first album, Queens of the Stone Age, was released in 1998 on Loose Groove Records. Their second album, Rated R, was released in 2000 and got them the attention they needed to play alongside more established acts such as the Smashing Pumpkins and Hole. They toured extensively in support of Rated R. Their third album, Songs for the Deaf, garnered even more attention and went gold in 2003. This led to their fourth album, Lullabies to Paralyze, which featured Billy Gibbon's of ZZ Top. Their next album, Es Vulgaris, saw Josh Homme experimenting more with the band's sound. This led to their next tour, one that focused on small towns across America.
While the band went on hiatus in 2009, they came together to release their next album, ... Like Clockwork, in 2013. They continued to experiment with their music, which has led to many labels being given to them, everything from stoner rock to psychedelic and art house rock