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Josh Homme says he had cancer last year

Josh Homme is a big (at least 6’4″) robust guy but even he can be taken down by the frailties of the human body.

As dealing with COVID and a bitter divorce wasn’t bad enough, he’s revealed that he had a run-in with cancer in 2022. This goes a long way toward explaining why Queens of the Stone Age have gone nearly six years between albums.

With the new record Times New Roman… coming out Friday, Josh is given some interviews. Speaking to Revolver, he offered this:

“I think this is the first time I didn’t want to make a record, but I was dealing with a lot of stuff in my personal life. We recorded a lot of stuff. I think I was doing it because when I’m in trouble, this is what I do. This is where I go to get right.”

While he didn’t get specific on the type of cancer, he did say that it was removed successfully and that he’s still feeling the aftereffects.

“I never say it can’t get any worse. I never say that, and I wouldn’t advise it. But I do say it can get better… Cancer is just the cherry on top of an interesting time period, you know? I’m extremely thankful that I’ll get through this, and I’ll look back at this as something that’s fucked up — but will have made me better. I’m cool with that. There’s a lot of stuff I want to do. And there’s a lot of people I want to do that with.”


Alan Cross

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