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Queens Of The Stone Age Returning To New Zealand In August

Queens Of The Stone Age Returning To New Zealand In August

Thursday 26th April, 2018 9:18AM

Josh Homme's acclaimed alt-rock outfit Queens Of The Stone Age are heading back to Aotearoa for two all-ages shows this August, at Auckland's Spark Arena and Christchurch's Horncastle Arena. The US group are touring off the back of their latest album Villains and will be supported by smokey-voiced Australian blues-songwriter C.W. Stoneking. It'll be QOTSA's first visit since they brought the house down at Auckland's Logan Campbell Centre last July, check out the details below...

Queens Of The Stone Age w/ special guest C.W. Stoneking

Thursday 23rd August - Spark Arena, Auckland
Saturday 25rd August - Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

Presales available from 2pm Tuesday 1st May

Here's the band's recent single 'The Way You Used To Do' from Villains...

Check out the spooky animated clip for QOTSA's single 'Head Like a Haunted House' directed by Liam Lynch...

Press release:

Queens Of The Stone Age will return to New Zealand on their Villains World Tour, performing two huge headline shows for Frontier Touring this August. They will be joined at both shows by Australian blues maestro C.W. Stoneking.

‘Queens Of The Stone Age, you beautiful bunch of freaks. Rock'n'roll just doesn't get any sexier than the sounds this band lovingly wrench from their instruments and these skillful players perform with a synergy that proves they're a band of brothers who genuinely rate each other.’ – The Music

Helmed by founding member Joshua Homme (guitar/vocals), with Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar), Dean Fertita (guitar/keys), Jon Theodore (drums/percussion) and Michael Shuman (bass), Queens of The Stone Age will kick off the NZ leg of their Villains World Tour at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Thursday 23 August.

From there, the rock’n’roll legends will perform a second New Zealand date at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena. These shows make good on Homme’s hint he gave while on our shores last year of returning before too long:

“If you notice, we’re just doing one show. One could glean that perhaps that would be to come back…” – Josh Homme

Following hundreds of epic shows, six genre-defining albums and multiple Grammy nominations, Queens Of The Stone Age blasted forth once more from the Californian desert last August with their most recent acclaimed chart-topping seventh album, Villains (released via Matador Records/Remote Control Records).

Featuring fan and radio favourites ‘Head Like A Haunted House’, ‘The Way You Used To Do’ and ‘The Evil Has Landed’, Villains was named #8 on Rolling Stone’s ‘50 Best Albums of 2017’ list and debuted at #1 on New Zealand’s Top 40 Album Chart.

C.W. Stoneking, the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music, will join Queens Of The Stone Age as special guest at both New Zealand shows. From his rasping jungle-rock-blues, to his well-oiled locks, and his familiar, though increasingly less frequent, all white clothing ensemble, he has converted fans across the world to his unique style.

Over three albums (King Hokum, ARIA award-winning Jungle Blues and his most recent release, Gon’ Boogaloo), and countless tours, C.W. has delivered his own brand of swampy rhythm and blues via his larger than life persona, incredible musicianship, and epochal performances.

Currently in the midst of wowing fans on a massive USA run and returning to our shores off the back of dates in Japan, Queens Of The Stone Age are not to be missed. Arguably one of the best rock bands on the planet, and armed with their latest rock masterpiece in Villains, these will be the tightest shows you’re ever likely to see. Their Auckland show last year completely sold out immediately – don’t delay!


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Queens Of The Stone Age
Thu 23rd Aug 8:00pm
Spark Arena, Auckland
Queens Of The Stone Age
Sat 25th Aug 8:00pm
Horncastle Arena, Christchurch