Josh Homme Details Billy Gibbons’ Eddie Van Halen Inspired Guitar Lick

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme recently appeared on the WTF podcast hosted by Marc Maron and revealed that Eddie Van Halen inspired ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons in creating his signature guitar lick.

Queens of the Stone Age released their fourth studio album, ‘Lullabies to Paralyze,’ on March 22, 2005. The record had many guest appearances like Mark Lanegan, Shirley Manson, Brody Dalle, Jesse Hughes, and many others. Besides these names, the album also featured ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, who contributed to the guitar and backing vocals on ‘Burn the Witch,’ guitar and co-lead vocals in ‘Precious and Grace,’ and guitar on ‘Like a Drug.’

As you might know, ‘Precious and Grace‘ is originally a ZZ top track, which appeared in their 1973 album, ‘Tres Hombres.’ Queens of the Stone Age decided to cover the song, and this is actually how Josh Homme convinced Billy Gibbons to enter the studio together, as he stated in the interview. Homme noted that working with Gibbons in this album was one of the greatest moments of his career.

Josh Homme recalled during the interview that after they finished the cover, there happened a strange moment when Gibbons started to play the guitar solo while recording ‘Burn the Witch.’ Homme talked about how Gibbons’ beard once helped him create a unique harmonic. Then, the frontman recalled asking him how he plays one of his signature guitar licks. Homme revealed Gibbons’ secret and explained that he bends a note and then taps just once like Eddie Van Halen’s tapping on the neck. The singer was surprised to learn that it was that simple.

Here is how Josh Homme detailed Billy Gibbons’ Eddie Van Halen inspired guitar lick:

“He’s got this certain lick that only he does. And I was always like, ‘How?’ I said, ‘I deserve to know what that is. Because I can play it, but there’s a way that you’re doing it.’ He’ll bend a note and then tap, like Eddie Van Halen’s tapping on the neck, but he’s doing it once and holding it. And instead of a million taps, it’s one. It was so simple I was like, ‘You’re fucking kidding me.’ It was so awesome.”

You can listen to the full podcast below.