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Queens of the Stone Age Share First ‘Villains’ Single, Full Album Details and 2017 Tour Dates

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After considerable teasing, Queens of the Stone Age have finally announced the release date for their next album. Villains will come out on Aug. 25, and you can listen to the first single “The Way You Used to Do” above, and check out the track listing below. They also revealed dates for a six-week North American tour for the fall.

“The title Villains isn’t a political statement,” said frontman Josh Homme in a press release. “It has nothing to do with [Donald] Trump or any of that s—. 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.”

Villains, which was announced yesterday with a video the band created, is the band’s first record since 2013’s …Like Clockwork, and was produced by Mark Ronson. “Queens are and have always been my favorite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought Rated R in the summer of 2000,” Ronson said, “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 favorite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream–a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.”

While promoting upcoming shows in Australia, Homme spoke of his desire to take risks with the new record, something he echoed in the press release. “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question ‘What do we sound like now?'” he said. “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 Rankin, who co-produced the effort, added that for all its experimentation, it’s still full of what fans have come to expect from Queens of the Stone Age. “After the baptism of fire that was …Like Clockwork,” he said, “I was excited to get into the studio again with the challenge of pushing the sound for this record, especially with the 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.”

The band will play a couple of shows next week, but will return to North America for Outside Lands in San Francisco in August. Then they will begin a full-scale tour on Sept. 6 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., that is scheduled to conclude Oct. 24 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Royal Blood is set to open all the newly announced dates. Tickets will go on sale June 22, and you can check their website for complete information.

Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Villains’ Track Listing

1. “Feet Don’t Fail Me”
2. “The Way You Used to Do”
3. “Domesticated Animals”
4. “Fortress”
5. “Head Like A Haunted House”
6. “Un-Reborn Again”
7. “Hideaway”
8. “The Evil Has Landed”
9. “Villains of Circumstance”

Queens of the Stone Age North American Tour Dates

6/22 — Rapids Theater — Niagara Falls, NY
6/24 — Amnesia Rockfest 2017 — Montebello, QC
8/12 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA
9/6 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
9/7 – Festival Pier – Philadelphia, PA
9/9 – Molson Amphitheatre (Budweiser Stage) – Toronto, ON
9/10 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
9/12 – Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion – Columbus, OH
9/13 – Stage AE (Outdoors) – Pittsburgh, PA
9/15 – Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
9/16 – Riot Fest – Chicago, IL
10/9 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/10 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO
10/12 – Peabody – St. Louis, MO
10/13 – Crossroads KC – Kansas City, MO
10/14 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium – Saint Paul, MN
10/15 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
10/17 – Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI
10/18 – Old National Centre – Murat Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
10/20 – TBC – Washington, DC
10/21 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
10/22 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
10/24 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY


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