Josh Homme is 40 years old today, May 17th. He is one of the leading musical artists on the newer hard rock and stoner rock scene, with present and former membership in bands like Kyuss, Eagles Of Death Metal, Queens Of The Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. Here are some pictures of Josh Homme from different live concerts.
The first time I saw Josh Homme, was with the Queens Of The Stone Age at the Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo in 2008. The concert is most memorable because of an incident with one of the fans. The band came to Oslo from Bergen, and Josh Homme had got food poisoning during the stay in Bergen. He was treated by doctors there, and it was an open question if he would be well enough to play the Norwegian Wood concert.
Despite being clearly under the weather, Josh Homme and the band went on stage and made a good concert for the sold out crowd. NRK P1 recorded the concert, and it was also streamed live from NRK’s website. But during the concert one of the fans in the front didn’t understand how to behave at a concert. He threw a shoe at Josh Homme, and that proved to be too much for the artist. Between two songs, he told the 18 year old fan what he thought of his behavior, and the clip soon found its way to YouTube.
The next time I saw Josh Homme, was with Them Crooked Vultures at the Hove Festival in 2010. This band, with Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters on drums and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin on bass, is a true supergroup. They obviously also like playing together, although it is a bit unclear what will happen to the group. We are still waiting for their next CD, but the band assures everyone that they will definitely be playing together, but they are no specific to when this will happen.
But we will surely hear more from Josh Homme, and now when he turns 40 he will hopefully have time to give us some more good music. What he has shown so far gives me good hope that we haven’t heard the last from him. Happy birthday, Josh Homme.
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