The royalties of hard rock are back! Over the last twenty years, Queens of the Stone Age have been ruling the hard rock scene and they are set to prove that they still own the throne with their return in July, performing headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and for the first time ever, in Darwin.
"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 Australian fans, having sold out multiple shows across the country. 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 – Queens of the Stone Age have continually evolved, Homme forging his own path from album to album. 2000’s 'Rated R' was an international hit, spawning ‘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. 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 trail a new path as heard on tracks ‘Sick, Sick, Sick’, ‘Make It Wit Chu’ 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 peaked at #1 on the ARIA Album charts in Australia and #2 in New Zealand. It 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.
Apart from the three visceral shows, Queens of the Stone Age will also be headlining Splendour In The Grass. 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’." -
"Spellbinding…a tighter band you’d be hard pressed to find." - Newcastle Herald
"Queens are the best rock band on the planet." - The Music
Don't miss out on what will surely be goosebumps-inducing performances from Queens of the Stone Age this July!