Arguably the most powerful and critically acclaimed hard rock band of the last two decades: Queens Of The Stone Age will return to Australia and New Zealand in July 2017 for Frontier Touring, performing four visceral headline shows.
‘Some bands are better than others. Chord by chord, line by line, beat by beat, hook by glorious hook, none is as convincing as Queens Of The Stone Age.’ – The Los Angeles Times
Deadly and debonair, QOTSA – led by founding member/frontman Josh Homme (guitar/vocals), with Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar), Dean Fertita (guitar/keys), Jon Theodore (drums/percussion), and Michael Shuman (bass) – are no strangers to Aust. and New Zealand fans, having toured both countries multiple times to sell-out crowds. It’s been three years since their last visit, during which Homme declared, “Everybody who knows me knows that Australia is my home away from home”.
Emerging from California’s Palm Desert in the late ‘90s with their seminal 1998 self-titled debut – opener ‘Regular John’ a blistering statement of intent – over the next 19 years QOTSA have continually evolved, Homme forging his own path from album to album. 2000’s Rated R was an international hit, containing ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’, ‘Monsters In The Parasol’, and ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret’. 2002’s platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Songs For The Deaf is considered one of the greatest rock records of all time hands down. It featured guest drummer Dave Grohl plus the #1 song in triple j’s Hottest 100, ‘No One Knows’, alongside ‘Go With The Flow’, ‘First It Giveth’ and more.
2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze cemented their reign with singles ‘Little Sister’ and ‘Burn The Witch’, while 2007’s Era Vulgaris saw the band take yet another direction as heard on tracks ‘Sick, Sick, Sick’, ‘Make It Wit Chi’ and ‘3’s & 7’s’.
Most recently, their sixth album, …Like Clockwork, enlisted Trent Reznor and Elton John, featured ‘My God Is The Sun’, ‘I Sat By The Ocean’, and the sultry ‘Smooth Sailing’, and debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album charts in Australia and #2 in New Zealand. It also topped charts in the USA, Portugal, Ireland, UK, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland and more, making it one of the band’s highest-selling discs yet. The follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed …Like Clockwork is eagerly awaited by fans, with rumours of a new album in the works.
For the last 18 months QOTSA have kept a low profile, working on new material… Homme collaborating with Iggy Pop on the singer’s 2016 album Post Pop Depression, which Homme co-wrote, recorded and produced at his Pink Duck studio in Burbank and Joshua Tree’s Rancho De La Luna. (Upon release it would be Pop’s highest charting album ever.)
Now, QOTSA return, bringing their military precision and razorblade rock back to Australia and New Zealand at last, also headlining Byron Bay festival Splendour In The Grass on Saturday 22 July. It’s been three years since their legendary double-bill alongside Nine Inch Nails, shows which left critics and fans reeling:
‘Arguably the tightest hard rock band on the circuit ★★★★’ – The Guardian
‘Enormous crowd favourites including ‘Go With the Flow’ and the closing, knockout punch of ‘A Song For the Deaf’ were blended seamlessly with new tracks, while ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ was classic QOTSA that will have fans shaking their heads in awe for days and weeks ahead’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘[Homme’s] voice is truly one of the finest in rock today, not shirking the high notes on the sexy as hell ‘Make It Wit Chu’ and rumbling with intent on ‘No One Knows’.’ – news.com.au
‘Spellbinding … a tighter band you’d be hard pressed to find’ – Newcastle Herald
‘Queens are the best rock band on the planet’ – The Music
These tickets will go fast – don’t miss out on seeing Queens Of The Stage Age as they make their welcome return to Australia and New Zealand this July!