The first thing that comes to mind when the name Josh Homme is mentioned is the band Queens of the Stone Age. Thanks to his love for steady rifts, quirky finger playing, and vulgar music composition, the band has garnered a tremendous fan base the world over and has stood out as one of the best rock bands of the early 2000s.
Though Homme began joining bands as a teen, he never expected to make it this big as a rock star, thus, his music success is somewhat a stroke of luck. This article takes you through the life, career, family, net worth and height of Josh Homme.
Josh Homme Bio and Age
Joshua Michael Homme was born on May 17th, 1973 in the small town of Joshua Tree in California. As a child, he wanted to play the drums but his parent refused only letting him play the guitar instead.
His father, Michael Homme was a contractor and successful businessman, hence his family was a wealthy one and quite popular in the community with a local street named after them. His grandfather nicknamed Cap, migrated from North Dakota and had a park in the Coachella valley named in his honor. Hommes’ mother is named Irene Homme. He has an elder brother Jason who is 2 years older than him.
The family name Homme is of Norwegian origin but he shares other ethnic heritages like English, French-Canadian, German, Scandinavian and Jewish.
Josh Homme originally started playing the guitar to overcome boredom at the age of 9. Homme’s crunchy sounding rhythm unique to him was achieved by tuning down his guitar. This became the trademark style of his band in years to come.
He attended Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, California and joined his first band Autocracy in 1985 at the age of 12 but by 1987 when he clocked 14, he formed a punk-rock band with his school buddies John Garcia and Brant Bjork.
He was their guitarist and they were initially called Katzenjammer before experimenting with several other names like Sons of Kyuss (a name with which they released their first EP) before shortening it to Kyuss.
They played at isolated locations in the deserts in what was tagged Generator Parties in those days; most play arenas were off-the-grid so music equipment’s and lighting were plugged into power generators. As the band grew famous, they also became notorious for constant backstage fights with other bands.
They soon caught the attention of local music producer Chris Goss, who began to mentor them and helped them sign a contract before Homme’s 18th birthday. They later released three albums Blues for the Red Sun, Welcome to Valley and Circus Leaves Town.
The band is often referred to as pioneers of the Stoner-rock genre of music back in the 90s. When they split up in 1995, Josh Homme moved on, forming another band in 1996, with former Screaming Trees Vocalist Mark Lanegan. The initial name of the band Gamma Ray was changed to Queens of the Stone Age in 1997.
Their first album dropped in 1998, followed by the 2nd album Rated R which was the Queens of the Stone Age first hit. It had songs like Songs for the Deaf, Lullabies to paralyze (ranked No. 5 on Billboard charts on release).
The 5th album Era Vulgaris was released in 2007 while the 6th, Like Clockwork, hit the waves on June 4, 2013, both gained positive reviews from critics. The 6th album which had featured Pop stars like Sir Elton John, Alex Turner, and Brody Dalle among others, made it to the No. 1 spot on Billboard Charts. The successes enjoyed propelled the band to drop their 7th studio album titled Villains on August 25th, 2017.
Baby Duck as Hommes is fondly nicknamed, once joked that he had musical schizophrenia while leading the Queens of the Stone Age. Additionally, he serves as a figurehead of a number of other bands namely The Desert Session (founded 1997), Eagles of Death (1998), Them Crooked Vultures (2009).
The 8-time Grammy nominee won the 53rd Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance (2010).
Outside of music, he has appeared in a tangible number of documentary films from 1997 to 2017. They include Metallicmanic (1997), American Dad (2005), Toast of London (2014), Desert Age: A Rock and Roll Scene History (2016) and Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (2017).
His Net Worth
Music has proven to be very profitable for Josh Hommes. Also a songwriter for his band’s music, he earns big from his band’s success. The King Desert Rock has a net worth estimated to be around $10 million.
Is He Gay?
The Palm Spring native is a happy busy family man, speculations that the rock star is queer are totally unfounded. It was however revealed that his elder brother Jason came out as gay, perhaps this gave rise to the rumor that made the rounds that Josh Homme is also gay.
His Wife And Kids
The Rock star is married to musician Brody Dalle, the lead member of the punk band The Distillers. She is Australian. Brody was previously married to Tim Armstrong, the lead vocalist of the Rancid rock band.
The early days of Josh Homme’s relationship with Brody Dale were kept secret as Brody was going through a divorce process with Armstrong. Homme finally married the rock chic on December 3, 2005, and they have 3 kids together.
The kids are Camille Joanne Homme (daughter) who was born on January 17, 2006; His two sons; Orrin Ryder Homme and Wolf Dillon Reece Homme born on August 12, 2011, and February 13, 2016, respectively.
Josh Homme’s Height
The bandleader of Queens of the Stone Age stands at 6 ft 5 inches (1.93 m) tall. He revealed that his build helped him stand his ground against bullies in younger days.