Troy Van Leeuwen


Troy Van Leeuwen was born in Los Angeles, California, United States on January 5th, 1970 and is the Guitarist. At the age of 54, Troy Van Leeuwen biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, songs, and networth are available.

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January 5, 1970
United States
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California, United States
54 years old
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$8 Million
Guitarist, Percussionist, Singer
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Troy Van Leeuwen Life

Troy Van Leeuwen (born January 5, 1970) is an American rock guitarist and producer.

He is best known as the guitarist for the Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA), for which he has been a member since 2002.

He is also known for his involvement with Failure, as well as with alternative rock supergroup A Perfect Circle, as well as recordings with QOTSA members' side projects such as the Desert Sessions, Mondo Generator, Eagles of Death Metal, and the Gutter Twins.

Van Leeuwen built Enemy, his first side project, in 2008, Sweethead, and toured with Iggy Pop in support of his album Post Pop Depression, produced with QOTSA bandmates Josh Homme and Dean Fertita.


Troy Van Leeuwen Career

Music career

Van Leeuwen appeared in Jester, a profitable southern California band fronted by singer Eric Book in the 1980s. Jester unveiled an EP, which is the first and most rare recording of a 16-year-old Van Leeuwen. He spent time in a little band called Little Boots, with whom he recorded a few demos and appeared in a few shows before the band broke up. 60 Cycle, the band's first band, released their debut "Pretender" in 1995 and a self-titled album the following year, was his next band. Van Leeuwen first met Kelli Scott during his time in 60 Cycles, and the two began working on a project (later referred to Enemy). Van Leeuwen continued to play in Failure. The band's three albums and didn't enjoy commercial success, but critics praised them as a unique and almost revolutionary group. Van Leeuwen met former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme, who was currently playing rhythm guitar with The Screaming Trees, on a tour with Failure. Van Leeuwen became a session guitarist and recording engineer, collaborating with Orgy, Crazy Town, Coal Chamber, and KoRn after the breakup of Failure.

Van Leeuwen met Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, who gave him a spot in his and Billy Howerdel's new band, A Perfect Circle, during his time as a session musician. On August 15, 1999, the band appeared at Viper Club Reception in Los Angeles. The band returned to the studio to begin recording their debut album, Mer de Noms, after performing shows in Los Angeles. The album was released on May 23, 2000, making it the first rock band's debut, selling over 188,000 copies in its first week and debuting at number four on the Billboard 200. Van Leeuwen performed extensively with the band, first as the opening act for Nine Inch Nails and later as the first act on a number of headlining tours around the world. Van Leeuwen appeared on only three tracks of A Perfect Circle's second album, Thirteenth Step, before auditioning for a spot in Josh Homme's Queens of the Stone Age.

Van Leeuwen was the band's second guitarist for the Deaf tour after outperforming Jeordie White and others in the audition. Van Leeuwen performed on lap steel guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, and occasionally bass guitar. Van Leeuwen had only one week to learn 30 songs before the tour began due to the band's schedule. Dave Grohl was forced to return to his main band Foo Fighters for the European leg of the album's support tour. Joey Castillo, a former Danzig drummer, was swapped for him. The Deaf's songs were a critical and commercial hit, and the singles "No One Knows" and "Go with the Flow" became hits on both radio and MTV. In January 2004, the tour came to an end in a number of headline dates in Australia.

Lullabies to Paralyze was Van Leeuwen's first recording with QOTSA. Alain Johannes, a long-time collaborator and multi-instrumentalist who replaced Nick Oliveri on the record, joined the band in the studio. Van Leeuwen aimed to fill some of the music's aesthetic and ambient textures created by guitar, lap steel, and piano, where he felt the sound could be expanded by atmospheric and ambient textures made by guitar, lap steel, and piano. The album (the name of which is taken from a lyric in Mosswick's Songs for the Deaf) featured many guest appearances, most notable ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, who appeared on "Burn the Witch" and the ZZ Top cover, "Precious and Grace) on "Burn the Witch" and "Precious and Grace" featured vocals and lead guitar on "Burn the Witch" and "Precious and Grace" on "Burn Despite seemingly declining an invitation to stay with the band, Mark Lanegan performed on new songs and appeared with the band on the supporting tour when scheduling and health permitted. The album leaked onto the internet in February 2005 and was broadcast by Australian radio on March 3, 2005 as an unsubstantiated 'World Premiere.' The album was officially launched in the United States on March 22, 2005, and it debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Music Chart, the highest debut of any QOTSA record to date. The band released Over the Years and Through the Woods, a live concert filmed in London, and bonus features (including rare videos dating from 1998 to 2005).

The band returned to the studio in July 2006 after touring to promote the album. Van Leeuwen announced that the band had written new material that was "still in its infancy," which Homme later stated could be released as an EP. This evolved into their 2007 release Era Vulgaris, to which Van Leeuwen contributed a significant amount of information.

Several websites announced that the album would feature several guest vocalists, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Mark Lanegan, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Wittingly, deceased humorist Erma Bombeck. The record was described by Josh Homme as "dark, hard, and electrical, sort of like a construction worker." Era Vulgaris was completed in early April 2007 and released in the United States in June 2007. "Sick, Sick, Sick" and "3's & 7's" were released as singles in early June. Michael Shuman, a bassist on Fire, Jubilee), and keyboardist Dean Fertita (The Waxwings, The Raconteurs), took over touring duties from Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider respectively.

Following a subsequent interview with Homme, The Globe and Mail reported that the EP "may have as many as ten B-sides recordings from the Era Vulgaris sessions." However, it was earlier announced that the EP would not be released due to the record label's inability to produce another QOTSA release at this time. Homme revealed in a September issue of NME Magazine that he would return to make the latest QOTSA and Desert Sessions recordings, as well as remastering the 1998 (QOTSA) self-titled album for a late 2009 release. The Queens' new album, according to Homme, will be a "desert orgy in the shadow."

QOTSA released...Like Clockwork, Van Leeuwen's third complete album with the band in 2013. Van Leeuwen appears on the record, percussion, twelve-string guitar, twelve-string slide guitar, lap steel, synthesizers, acoustic guitar, and vocals. The album was the first QOTSA album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. It has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album, and was also ranked second on the UK Albums Chart, including Best Rock Album.

Van Leeuwen released Hooray For Dark Matter as part of his side project Enemy in 2005. Eddie Nappi of the Mark Lanegan Band and his longtime Kelli Scott on drums were included on the album, as well as Quicksand's Alan Cage. Enemy is described by Van Leeuwen as his "big, dumb rock trio" and "a machine ruled by utter and utter indignation of mediocrity and general annoyance with the human race." Enemy recorded a five-track demo at several studios during Van Leeuwen's time with A Perfect Circle. The band (unfortunately) demanded to be signed by a record label by advertently paying for the princely sum of $250,000 on eBay. Enemy was eventually signed by Control Group/TCG, who also released their debut album. Van Leeuwen has also contributed to band members' various side projects, including The Desert Sessions, Mondo Generator, Eagles of Death Metal, The Gutter Twins, and Mark Lanegan's solo album Bubblegum, since joining the Queens of the Stone Age. Van Leeuwen began touring with his new side project, Sweethead, after the Era Vulgaris tour's conclusion.

Van Leeuwen toured in 2016 with Iggy Pop, Josh Helders, and Matt Sweeney in support of their album Post Pop Depression. Troy Sanders, the singer and bass player from Mastodon, Tony Hajjar, the drummer for At the Drive-In, and Mike Zarin, a multi-instrumentalist who appeared with Van Leeuwen on Sweethead's Descent To The Surface, was also a member of Gone Is Gone, a supergroup formed by him. In the summer of 2016, an EP will be released, and the band is recording a studio album for release later this year. He contributed guitar parts to Chelsea Wolfe's fifth studio album, Hiss Spun, in 2017.

Van Leeuwen took on touring guitarist duties for The Damned on the US dates of their tour in 2022, briefly replacing Captain Sensible.


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