In a recent interview, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2022 and is now in recovery after undergoing successful surgery.
The now 50-year old musician stated “I’m extremely thankful that I’ll get through this, and I’ll look back at this as something that’s f**ked 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.”
Admitting that he chose music over therapy to help him through the challenging period, Josh said “I’ve got nothing against therapy. I just don’t go because I play music instead.” “Over the last couple years, I’ve done a lot of therapy, but at the end of the day, I understand how to proceed, moving forward with the religion that I use – music.”
In addition to his cancer diagnosis, the iconic rocker singer has been entrenched in a custody battle for his three children, and has been dealing with the recent passing of friends Mark Lanegan and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Calling his medical condition the “cherry on top” of an “interesting time period”, Homme added:
“This has been the darkest four years of my life. But that’s OK, too.” “In the heartaches, my mistakes, these deaths and my own physical things I’m dealing with – even though all that has occurred and smashed my old life to pieces, those pieces I’ve been able to build into a ship that’s about to launch. I will float into my new life from all those pieces.”
On the live music front, Queens of the Stone Age are scheduled to headline Glastonbury on The Other Stage on 25 June.