Fresh from Wednesday's (14th June 2017) teaser video (see below) of their return to activity, Queens Of The Stone Age have announced their Irish and UK return as part of the 'Villains World Tour'.
With three shows in the UK, the band will kick off in Manchester on 19th November, before arriving at Dublin's 3Arena on Friday 24th November 2017. In between, the stoner rockers will play dates in London and Edinburgh. The full list of dates can be viewed below.
Tickets for the Dublin show priced from €50.65 including booking & facility fees go on sale next Thursday 22nd June at 9am via Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie
Full details of the band's new album, including its track listing have also been revealed. Says band leader Josh Homme; “The title 'Villains' isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go."
Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, 'Villains', out 25th August on Matador Records. Now available for preorder on deluxe vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and digital (all formats include an instant download of first single 'The Way You Used To Do'), 'Villains' consists of the following songs:
1. Feet Don’t Fail Me
2. The Way You Used To Do
3. Domesticated Animals
5. Head Like A Haunted House
6. Un-Reborn Again
8. The Evil Has Landed
9. Villains Of Circumstance
Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder, 'Villains' is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013’s '…Like Clockwork' gave the band its first #1 album in the UK and Ireland.
The new album also features the same lineup that took '…Like Clockwork' around the world and back—founder Homme plus Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, keys), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keys, guitar), Jon Theodore (drums), as well as the return of cover artist Boneface, whose iconic design also graced their 2013 release.
Says Home of the release; “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question 'what do we sound like now?' If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop—but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound."
Mark Ronson meanwhile has also spoken about his involvement. Says the producer; "Queens are and have always been my favourite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought 'Rated R' in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clan—or the ‘jacuzzi’ as Josh likes to call it. I also knew that my super fandom alone would not keep me in the jacuzzi. There were moments during the making of the album in which i was aware i was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my favourite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream--a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.”
Longtime Queens cohort co-producer Mark Rankin adds, "After the baptism of fire that was '…Like Clockwork', I was excited to get into the studio again with the challenge of pushing the sound for this record, especially with the addition of Ronson into the creative mix. We wanted to evolve the production to be processed in a modern way yet be totally organic and still performed fully live, like lifting a veil and what you thought was electronic is actually live and things are not as they first appear… What we’ve made is forward looking yet unmistakably Queens."
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Queens Of The Stone Age 'Villains' UK & Ireland Dates:
Sunday 19th Nov - Manchester Arena
Tuesday 21st Nov - London, The O2
Thursday 23rd Nov - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Friday 24th Nov - Dublin, 3Arena