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Eagles of Death Metal still hanging, rocking

February 1, 2009 |  3:28 pm

Backstage at "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Joshua Homme is leading the Eagles of Death Metal from the stage through a maze of rooms and corridors, a series of unmarked doors and narrow hallways, to a quick meeting with the soundman, then back again and up to the dressing rooms.

He's a tall redhead in denim and black motorcycle boots, a rocker who's been here many times before, with the Eagles and as the leader of his own Queens of the Stone Age. His longtime best friend, singer-guitarist Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes, walks a few steps behind with a thick auburn mustache, and a miniature dagger hanging from a chain around his neck.

The band will close the show, ripping through the raw, riff-based rock of "Wannabe in L.A." for host Jay Leno and a TV audience of several million. It's a big buildup to a blazingly quick performance, but Hughes gives the impression that he's having the time of his life. "I love every second I'm up there," he says of being onstage. "It's the greatest thing in the world."

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-- Steve Appleford

(Photo courtesy Jamie Rector / For The Times)