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Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal playing the Commodore Ballroom on July 20th 2009.
Background information
Origin Palm Desert, California
Genres Garage rock, alternative rock, hard rock, desert rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Rekords Rekords, Downtown Records, GUN Records
Associated acts Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions, Millionaire, Them Crooked Vultures, Kyuss
Jesse "The Devil" Hughes
Josh "Baby Duck" Homme
Former members
(see below)

Eagles of Death Metal are an American garage rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. Despite the name, Eagles of Death Metal is not a death metal band. Hughes said that a friend was trying to introduce Josh Homme to the death metal genre. When he played the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was death metal, Homme called them "The Eagles of death metal". After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like.[1] In a 2003 interview Homme described the sound of the band as a combination of "bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals." Jesse Hughes is known and loved by fans for his enthusiastic and charismatic interaction with audiences at live performances.[2][3]



Eagles of Death Metal formed in Palm Desert, California in 1998 and first appeared on Josh Homme's The Desert Sessions Volumes 3 & 4, released that year. Over the next few years, Homme became distracted from the band due to the success of Queens of the Stone Age. However, in an October 2008 interview, he reaffirmed his commitment to the band saying, "This isn't a side project for me. I'm in two bands. I have musical schizophrenia, and this is one of those personalities[4].

The band finally released their debut album in the March of 2004: Peace, Love, Death Metal. It appeared to be a favorite of advertisers, as several songs from it were used in American television commercials including those for, Comcast, Payless ShoeSource, Nissan Motors, Budweiser, Pontiac Motors, Wendys, as well as in the trailer for the film Thank You for Smoking and for a promotional disc for the film Grindhouse which was available prior to the film's release at Hot Topic stores.

The first song on the album, "I Only Want You," was also used on the soundtrack for the PS2 game Gran Turismo 4. Globe Shoes, a manufacturer of skateboard shoes, has featured the song in the montage section of episode 1 in their new series of skate films entitled, United By Fate. Recently, the track "Chase the Devil" from the album Death by Sexy was included in the soundtrack for Tony Hawk's Project 8. Not only that, the track "Don't Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)" was part of the soundtrack for Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Carbon. Recently, "Cherry Cola" was used in a Microsoft Zune commercial, and "Don't Speak" was featured in Epic Movie, where the band is seen playing it live; in addition, the song was used in a Guy Ritchie-directed Nike ad ahead of UEFA Euro 2008. The band returned on April 11, 2006 with their second effort Death by Sexy. During the first half of 2006 they toured in support of The Strokes and headlined their own U.S. tour with openers The Giraffes followed by dates opening for Peaches and performed with Joan Jett. In the fall of 2006 the band had an opening support slot with Guns N' Roses. During the first concert with Guns N' Roses, in Cleveland, Ohio on November 24, 2006, the band was not well received by the crowd at all. When Axl Rose came out to perform, he asked the crowd if they enjoyed "the Pigeons of Shit Metal," and announced that the show would be their last with Guns N' Roses. Shortly thereafter the band released a statement regarding the incident:

At first, the audience refused to welcome us to the jungle, but by the time we took our final bow, it had become paradise city. Although Axl tried to November rain on our parade, no sweet child o' mine can derail the EODM night train. We say live and let die.[5]

They took further stabs at Guns N' Roses, claiming that there was aggravation between Axl Rose and Tommy Stinson (the bassist of GN'R). Later they also claimed that Rose had invited the band back for the rest of their scheduled dates as support act.[6] The band also received full payment for the entire tour despite playing only a single show with the band. At the band's November 18, 2008 show at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club, Jesse Hughes unveiled to the audience a "Pigeons of Shit Metal" tattoo on his left forearm that he acquired earlier in the day by artist Dave Waugh at Jinx Proof Tattoos in the Georgetown area of DC.

On October 21, 2008, ahead of their third album release, the Eagles of Death Metal performed a live concert at the Hollywood & Highland Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles for the launch of the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles. The new single from the third album "Wannabe in L.A." is also in the game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.[7] The song "Wannabe in L.A" also features in the music rhythm game Guitar Hero 5.

Their third album titled Heart On was released on October 28, 2008 (November 4, 2008 in Canada) and was accompanied by a North American tour. On February 4, 2009, Eagles of Death Metal performed on a live webcast for as part of their Heart On tour.

In 2009 the Eagles of Death Metal performed as a warm up act on tour with Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys.

It was announced that the Eagles of Death Metal will perform in Milwaukee Wisconsin's new music festival, 'Verge', on June 4th, 2010.



  • Jesse Hughes AKA: The Devil / Boots Electric (vocals, guitar, percussion)
  • Josh Homme AKA: Carlo Von Sexron / Baby Duck (drums, percussion, guitar, bass, keys, vocals)

Current Live members

Other contributors

Brian O'Connor (bass) playing at the Commodore Ballroom on July 20th 2009



Year Album details Peak chart positions












2004 Peace, Love, Death Metal
  • Released: March 23, 2004
  • Label: AntAcidAudio
  • Formats: CD, LP
50 37 60 124
2006 Death by Sexy
  • Released: April 11, 2006
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, LP
113 169 89 108
2008 Heart On
  • Released: October 21, 2008[15]
  • Label: Downtown
  • Formats: CD, LP
57 40 59 100
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.



Other appearances

  • "The Gosso King of Crater Lake", "Hogleg" and "You Keep Talkin'" on The Desert Sessions: Volumes 3 & 4 (1998)
  • "I Only Want You" in Gran Turismo 4 and in a Budweiser commercial
  • "Don't Speak (I Came To Make A Bang!)" in Need for Speed: Carbon, Epic Movie (2007), Compound Volume One (2006), Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) and Nike's "Take it to the Next level" ad.[16] Commercial directed by: Guy Ritchie[17]
  • "Speaking In Tongues" (Supernatural: Episode 1x01 - Pilot)(2005)
  • Commercial
  • "Stuck In The Metal" in a Wendy's Commercial
  • "Chase the Devil" in Tony Hawk's Project 8 and Bitch Slap (2009)
  • They made a cameo in Epic Movie as Aslo's Camp Band
  • "I Only Want You" in the TV Show Queer as Folk (North American TV series) Fifth Season
  • "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)" in closing credits of HBO's "True Blood" 10/26/2008
  • "Wannabe in L.A." in the video games Midnight Club: Los Angeles, MLB 09: The Show and Guitar Hero 5
  • "Anything 'cept the Truth" in commercial for new FOX show "Lie to Me", and in the video game NHL 10
  • "Im Your Torpedo" lifestyle condoms commercial
  • "Whorehoppin' (Shit, Goddamn)" in the first episode of MTV's Jackass
  • "I Only Want You" in the TV Show Californication First season
  • "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)" in the trailer for MacGruber


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  2. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal: Death By Sexy". Amoeba Music. 
  3. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal". Manchester Academy. 
  4. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Part 1: Joshua Homme". 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31. .
  5. ^ Abram, Malcolm X. "Axl still parties like it's 1991". Akron Beacon-Journal. 
  6. ^ Scaggs, Austin. "Updated Smoking Section: Axl vs. Eagles of Death Metal". Rock & Roll Daily. Rolling Stone. 
  7. ^ "Live Launch Event Featuring Eagles Of Death Metal At The Virgin Megastore In Los Angeles". Rockstar Games. 
  8. ^ a b Official album credits for Death by Sexy
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History - Eagles of Death Metal". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Australian album Chart". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  11. ^ "Belgian Album Chart". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  12. ^ "French Album Chart". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  13. ^ "Chartverfolgung / EAGLES OF DEATH METAL / Longplay". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  14. ^ "E-40 – E-Z Rollers". Zobbel. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  15. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal's Heart On out October 21st, tour begins in September". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  16. ^ Nikesoccer: Home
  17. ^ Complex Blog » Guy Ritchie’s Next Level Nike Soccer Ad

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