Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The near-death of Josh Homme

If you’ve ever met Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, you’ll know he’s a big strappin’ guy. He’s the sort of dude who you’d never want to get angry.

In 2011, Josh needed an operation on his knee. It was a routine thing but it still required general anesthesia. But something went wrong while Josh was on the table. Doctors later told him that they’d lost him, that he’d technically died.

He was stuck in hospital for two weeks and then bedridden for four months, which led to severe depression. It got so bad that he didn’t think he’d ever be able to make another Queens album. But he did and the result was …Like Clockwork. Making that record was a big part of his recovery.

Think about that the next time you listen to the album.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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