Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme Is Cancer-Free: “All Clear”
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme revealed earlier this year that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2022, and subsequently underwent surgery as a method of treatment. In a new interview, the singer-guitarist reports that he’s gotten the “all clear” as far as his battle with cancer is concerned.
“I’m good. I’m all clear,” said Homme when asked by ITV about his current health status, adding that he’s feeling “the best I’ve felt all year.”
Homme also opened up the recent losses of several people who were close to him. “A lot of people have passed away near [me], nine people in the last … year and a half now.” While he didn’t name any specific people, among his close friends who have passed away in that time were his former Queens of the Stone Age bandmate Mark Lanegan and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The singer also alluded to his contentious breakup with his ex-wife, singer Brody Dalle of The Distillers, saying, “And I had a little heartache, and I had a little of this and a little of that. But also, I’ve never learned so much so quickly. And so, I’m sort of thankful for it all at the end because I feel closer to the things I truly love.”
It’s unclear when exactly Homme was declared cancer-free, but he’s been well enough to tour extensively with Queens of the Stone Age this year. The band wrapped up a two-month North American outing last month in support of their latest album, In Times New Roman…, which arrived in June. They are currently in the midst of a UK/European jaunt, and will return to the States for another run of shows in December, with tickets available here.
See Josh Homme’s aforementioned interview with ITV below, followed by a photo gallery from QOTSA’s August show in Queens, New York.
Photo Gallery – Queens of the Stone Age play Queens, New York (click to expand and scroll through):