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Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California. It was formed in 1996 following the dissolution of the band Kyuss. Sometimes classified as stoner rock or hard rock, Queens of the Stone Age (sometimes abbreviated to QotSA or QOTSA) has undergone many staff changes over the years. Josh Homme (vocals and guitar) is the only founding member to appear on all of the band's albums.
After the separation of the band Kyuss, Josh Homme decided to create his own band. He surrounded himself with Matt Cameron (ex-Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) on drums, Van Conner (ex-Screaming Trees) on bass and John McBain from Monster Magnet on guitar.
The band is then called Gamma Ray, and releases a first EP soberly entitled Gamma Ray in January 1996. Man then has to change the name of the band, since a German power metal band already using this name threatens to sue them if they don't change their name. Josh Homme then chooses the name Queens of the Stone Age. He would have chosen this name following a joke launched by Chris Goss during a studio recording with Kyuss. Homme adds: "Kings of the Stone Age would have been too macho, they wear armor, have axes and fight.

The Stone Age Queens hung out with the girlfriends of the Stone Age Kings when they went off to fight. It's also a name Chris Goss gave us. Rock should be heavy enough for boys and soft enough for girls.
In December of the same year, the band released a split-album, Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age, their first album under the name Queens of the Stone Age. It contains three tracks recorded before Kyuss' split and three new songs recorded by QOTSA. After the release of the album, Homme separates from McBain and Cameron and hires Alfredo Hernández on drums. In 1998, the band's first studio album, Queens of the Stone Age, was released. Well received by the critics, the album is certified silver record in the United Kingdom with nearly 60,000 copies sold. AllMusic praises the new genre of music created by Josh Homme and his overwhelming creativity, which avoids comparison with his former band Kyuss.
Although all songs are written by Josh Homme and Alfredo Hernández, the album contains several collaborations with Chris Goss, who adds a bass line and does the backing vocals on two songs. Finally Dave Catching and Nick Oliveri, a former member of Kyuss, also appear on the album. Shortly after the release of Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Oliveri and Dave Catching joined the band on bass and guitar for the next tour.