Queens Of The Stone Age Announce U.S. Tour

Queens Of The Stone Age will tour Europe and North America this spring in support of their upcoming album, “Lullabies To Paralyze.” The trek will get underway Feb. 21 in Paris and has dates on tap through April 18 in Los Angeles, while the new album will be released March 22 via Interscope.

“We have been rehearsing for about six weeks,” QOTSA leader Josh Homme tells Billboard.com. “All 14 tracks [from the new album] are fair game, and [as for] ones from the other records, the soil has been re-tilled and everyone is real bright-eyed. It feels really good around here.”

Although longtime collaborator Alain Johannes plays bass on “Lullabies To Paralyze,” he will not be joining Homme, drummer Joey Castillo and multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen on the road this spring. Homme declines to reveal who will be playing bass, saying, “It’s great to keep people on the edge of their seats as long as possible, without anyone falling down.”

“It’s not Alain because he has this f***ed up thing called a life, the bastard, which I have to look into, apparently,” the workaholic Homme adds with a chuckle.

After the spring dates, which may feature support from Homme’s side band the Eagles Of Death Metal, QOTSA will be “looking for something to do that’s not any of the festivals this summer. We’d almost like to make our own mini, midget festival. I want there to be general admission. I don’t want there to be 15 bands in a day. People can’t receive that. I’d rather have five and have it start after work. Stand and sit wherever the hell you want to.”

The new album’s first single, “Little Sister,” debuts this week at No. 29 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Here are Queens Of The Stone Age’s tour dates:

Feb. 21: Paris (Trabendo)

Feb. 24: Koln, Germany (Kantine)

Feb. 26: Berlin (Postbahnhof)

March 3: London (venue TBA)

March 15: Austin, Texas (Stubbs’ BBQ)

March 16: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)

March 19: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)

March 20: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)

March 24: New York (Webster Hall)

March 26: Hartford, Conn. (Webster Theatre)

March 27: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

March 28: Boston (Roxy)

March 30: Toronto (Kool Haus)

March 31: Montreal (Metropolis)

April 2: Cleveland (House of Blues)

April 3: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)

April 5: Chicago (Vic Theatre)

April 6: Minneapolis (Quest)

April 8: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Burton Cummings Theatre)

April 10: Calgary, Alberta (MacEwan Hall)

April 11: Edmonton, Alberta (Red’s)

April 13: Vancouver (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)

April 14: Seattle or Tacoma, Wash. (venue TBA)

April 16: San Francisco (Fillmore)

April 18: Los Angeles (Henry Fonda Theatre)

Source billboard.com.

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