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!