Josh Homme: Malcolm Young is my inspiration

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 November 2017
Josh Homme

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has credited late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young with inspiring his musical style

Josh Homme has revealed how late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was his musical inspiration when first starting Queens Of The Stone Age.

The founding member of rock band AC/DC tragically passed away on Saturday (18.11.17) at the age of 64, following a three-year battle with dementia.

And now Josh, 44, has revealed that it was Malcolm's "robotic" style of guitar playing that he was trying to emulate when he first created the sound for his own band, Queens Of The Stone Age.

Speaking to Mojo magazine, the 'A Song For The Dead' rocker said: "I wanted to see what it was like when you just played one thing until you got lost in a trance. One note is so much more difficult than 50.

"That's what I learned in [The Screaming Trees], because I was playing rhythm, I was trying to play like Malcolm Young, trying to play a riff like a robot.

"So I had the first Queens record written, this robotic trance stuff, and then my friend Hutch, our sound man who has turned me on to so much music, was like cough... and plays me Can, Neu!, Wire... I was like, 'What?' really disheartened."

Since Malcolm's death was announced, icons of the rock world have poured forth tributes to the late 'Highway To Hell' musician.

Bryan Adams labelled Malcolm as an "inspiration", writing: "RIP Malcolm Young. Your guitar playing was a huge inspiration. Thanks for that #malcolmyoung #ACDC (sic)"

Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro also paid tribute, simply tweeting: "Rest in peace Malcolm Young x (sic)", whilst Kelly Jones took to Stereophonics' twitter to write: "'Malcom Young the best right hand in game! RIP. Play AC/DC loud all day!' KJ @acdc (sic)".

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