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Heavy Load: Jesse Hughes

The Eagles Of Death Metal frontman on religion, women and going out with a bang.

Ladies’ man, Little Richard fanatic, diehard Republican… 42-year-old Jesse ‘The Devil’ Hughes isn’t your average rock’n’roller. As the frontman with Eagles Of Death Metal, the band he formed in 1998 with childhood friend Josh Homme, he has charted his eventful life across four albums – the latest being the revealingly titled Zipper Down. Hughes is also the star of a forthcoming warts-’n’-all documentary, The Redemption Of The Devil.

What were you like at school?

I was quiet in my own way. When you move from South Carolina to LA as a kid, and you have a southern accent, it makes you stick out. I was sweet, but if you fucked with me, I would get vengeance on you in such an unusual way it earned me the nickname ‘The Devil’.


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