Queens of The Stone Age
Mona Lawns, tasmania
Queens of the Stone Age bring their 'The End Is Nero' tour to Australia, following the release of their eighth full-length album, "In Times New Roman…".
Queens of the Stone Age are set to ignite Australia with their 'The End Is Nero' tour, following the release of their eighth full-length album, "In Times New Roman…". The tour, from February 10 to February 26, will take the rock gods to various cities across the continent, promising an apocalyptic experience inspired by the themes of their latest record.
Led by the incomparable Josh Homme, the band includes Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman, and the powerhouse drummer Jon Theodore. The tour starts at the Red Hill Auditorium in Perth, going through Adelaide, Hobart's MONA FOMA, Torquay, Melbourne, Sydney, and Gold Coast, and concludes in Brisbane. Including outdoor shows and iconic venues adds an extra layer of excitement to an already highly anticipated tour.
Mona Lawns, tasmania
Torquay Common, Torquay
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
Spark Arena, Auckland
TSB Arena, Wellington
Wolfbrook Arena, Christchurch
The stellar lineup of special guests accompanying Queens of the Stone Age at each show makes this tour even more special. The psych rock cosmonauts Pond, known for its magnetic performances, led by Nick Allbrook, will be warming up the stage. With their fusion of angular post-punk and new wave sounds, Melbourne's Gut Health will bring their infectious live show to the tour. In addition to Pond and Gut Health, selected dates will feature alt-rock legends Spiderbait, pub-punk mates The Chats, and the rising grunge-pop star Lola Scott.
The last time Queens of the Stone Age graced Australian soil was in 2018, leaving a lasting impact with a Splendour In The Grass set that triple j declared "one of the most visceral, vicious, sexiest things to ever happen to rock music." Fans have eagerly awaited their return, especially after the release of the new album.
For frontman Josh Homme, Australia holds a special place, describing it as his "home away from home" for nearly two decades. In a candid interview, he shared his anticipation for the tour. He reflected on the challenging experiences of recent years, including a cancer diagnosis, the loss of close friends, and a public custody battle. Homme turned these hardships into emotional exorcisms in "In Times New Roman…," emphasising the therapeutic nature of his music-making process.
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has confronted numerous challenges since the release of the band's 2017 album "Villains," including battles with cancer, divorce, rehab, and court disputes. Their latest record, "In Times New Roman…," self-produced by Homme, reflects a darker and weightier sound than the dance-oriented "Villains" produced by Mark Ronson.
The ongoing "The End Is Nero Tour" showcases the raw and heavy nature of the new album, proving that the fresh material stands out live even as the band approaches its fourth decade in the industry. The lineup for this tour features Homme alongside longtime guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, bassist Michael Shuman, keyboard player Dean Fertita, and the phenomenal drummer Jon Theodore, formerly of The Mars Volta.
The rhythmic precision of Queens of the Stone Age's stomping guitar anthems is a hallmark of their music, and Theodore's drumming seamlessly complements the band's powerful sound. Following in the footsteps of Dave Grohl, who drummed on their iconic 2002 album "Songs for the Deaf," Theodore impressively holds his own, delivering a performance that keeps the crowd dancing.
Approximately one-third of the band's current setlist comprises tracks from "In Times New Roman…." Standouts include the gritty chords of the first single, "Emotion Sickness," with its '70s radio harmonies and slide guitar, the low-register vocals on the riff-heavy "Carnavoyeur," and the start-and-stop dynamics of "Paper Machete," reminiscent of the band's earlier work.
Beyond showcasing their latest work, the setlist includes hits from "Songs for the Deaf," the fan-favourite "…Like Clockwork" (2013), and other chart-topping tracks. The band effortlessly navigates between well-known tunes like "No One Knows," "Little Sister," and "The Way You Used to Do," and deeper cuts like "If I Had a Tail" and the psychedelic "Better Living Through Chemistry."
Apart from their musical prowess, Queens of the Stone Age captivates the audience with dynamic stage performances and dramatic lighting effects. The band transitions seamlessly from business-like headbanging to moments of spontaneity, featuring squealing guitar solos, extended versions of songs like "Make It Wit Chu," and Homme's engaging stage banter, encouraging the audience to dance and enjoy the show.
As one of the few bands still embodying the essence of hard-living rock 'n' roll, Queens of the Stone Age continues to deliver consistent and deep performances, making it difficult for fans to ask for anything more from this iconic group.
Don't miss this opportunity to witness one of the most revered rock acts on the planet and share in the rock 'n' roll sermons that have made Queens of the Stone Age legendary. Find the best Queens of the Stone Age Australian tour tickets at Queen of Tickets right now!
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