Queens of the Stone Age bring their Villains World Tour 2017 to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:00PM with special guest Royal Blood.
Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one yearlong detour with Iggy Pop and
multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred
and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains, out August 25.
Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder,Villainsis 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 U.S. (and #1s in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, #2s in the UK,
Canada, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Finland… but really, who’s counting?). Like the stunning
artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the lineup that took…Like
Clockwork around the world and back—Founder/guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Joshua Homme, Troy Van
Leeuwen (guitar, keys), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keys, guitar), Jon Theodore (drums)—are
as unmistakable as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As
Homme himself puts it, “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."
Of his role working within such a closed and confident ecosystem as Queens Of The Stone Age, Ronson
says, "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, 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,
Longtime Queens cohort co-producer Mark Rankin added, "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 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."
Queens Of The Stone Age have also confirmed a slew of North American dates filling in the space
between and beyond their previously announced appearances at Outside Lands and Riot Fest. The new
shows include Queens’ first ever Madison Square Garden headline appearance on Tuesday, October 24.
*On the first day of sale, tickets for concerts are not sold at the Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall or Beacon Theatre box offices, and may only be purchased via Ticketmaster.