“Dancing and headbanging are truly individualistic expressions of losing oneself fully in appreciation of music—who better to combine these things into a singular vision than someone who’s directed Madonna and Lady Gaga videos–and also happens to have been a member of Bathory?”—Joshua Homme
“The Way You Used To Do,” the recently released first single from Queens Of The Stone Age’s ominously approaching seventh album Villains, has been realized as a fever dream Satanic dance ritual extravaganza—featuring QOTSA founder and frontman Joshua Homme lighter on his feet and darker in his soul than ever before.
Conceived by Joshua Homme, directed by Jonas Akerlund and produced by Serial Pictures, “The Way You Used To Do,” somehow fit its multiple sets, wardrobe changes and intricate dance routines into one day of shooting August 8th in Los Angeles. Considering potential reactions to the sinister shuffle of “The Way We Used To Do” being translated into a panoramic soul-selling dance trip, Homme says “It’s our way of paying tribute to Cab Calloway and the film Hellzapoppin’. I fully realize that may be a little more than some are open to, and that’s perfectly fine with me. There’s the door. If some of the more close-minded are gently pruned, that just leaves more room on the dance floor for the open-minded ones to get loose. That’s been the spirit of Queens Of The Stone Age and the space we’ve worked to create from day one.”
With recently released second track “The Evil Has Landed” hailed by Rolling Stone as “a sprawling and diabolical new rocker” featuring “Homme singing in a falsetto that sounds both sweet and sinister,” Villainswas co-produced by Mark Ronson and will be released August 25th on Matador Records. The album is available now for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/Villains.
The colossal Villains tour begins September 6th with a sold out show in Port Chester NY and will see the Queens playing directly before Foo Fighters and alongside Cage The Elephant, The Kills, Liam Gallagher, Japandroids and more at the massive Cal Jam 17October 7th at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, CA. Tickets for the headline dates—which feature support from Royal Blood–are available at http://smarturl.it/QOTSALive.
Queens Of The Stone Age is Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
VILLAINS TOUR with Special Guests ROYAL BLOOD (Sept. 6 through Oct. 24 Headline Dates)
9/06/17 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre *SOLD OUT 9/07/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier 9/09/17 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage 9/10/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live *SOLD OUT 9/12/17 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion 9/13/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (Outdoors) 9/15/17 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater *SOLD OUT 9/16/17 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest 2017 10/07/17 – San Bernardino, CA — CAL JAM 17 10/09/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex *SOLD OUT 10/10/17 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks *SOLD OUT 10/12/17 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody *SOLD OUT 10/13/17 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC *SOLD OUT 10/14/17 – Saint Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium 10/15/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom *SOLD OUT 10/17/17 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre 10/18/17 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre *SOLD OUT 10/20/17 – Washington, DC – The Anthem *SOLD OUT 10/21/17 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena *SOLD OUT 10/22/17 – Portland, ME – State Theatre *SOLD OUT 10/24/17 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden 11/04/17 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena 11/05/17 – Vienna Austria – Stadthalle 11/06/17 – Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall 11/07/17 – Paris, France – Accorhotels Arena 11/09/17 – Oberhausen, Germany – Konig-Pilsener Arena 11/10/17 – Munich, Germany – Zenith *SOLD OUT 11/11/17 – Berlin, Germany – Velodrom *SOLD OUT 11/12/17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome *SOLD OUT 11/14/17 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Tap1 *SOLD OUT 11/15/17 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle 11/16/17 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportspaleis 11/18/17 – London, UK – Wembley Arena 11/19/17 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena 11/21/17 – London, UK – The O2 Arena *SOLD OUT 11/23/17 – Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall *SOLD OUT 11/24/17 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena *SOLD OUT