This hard rock band started out jammin' in the California desert before hitting it big, first in the United Kingdom, and then in the United States with their hit, "No One Knows." Queens of the Stone Age tour dates are booked internationally, so don't miss out on the chance to catch them in your area.
Frontman, Josh Homme, started QOTSA in 1996 under the moniker "Gamma Ray." After a lawsuit from a German metal band with the same name, they decided to change their name after their producer, Chris Goss, joked that they were like "Queens of the Stone Age." The name stuck and the band released their self-titled debut in 1998 on Loose Groove records. While it received a silver certification in the United Kingdom and four stars from Rolling Stone, the album failed commercially in the United States. It is slated for a re-release in 2011, hopefully this time around, American fans will listen.
QOTSA returned to the studio and recorded their sophomore set, "Rated R", which was released in 2000. This album proved to be more successful than its predecessor, with the band charting a single on the US Modern Rock survey, "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret," which was also featured on the HBO series, Entourage. With this mild success, Queens of the Stone Age tour dates were booked as the opening act for the Smashing Pumpkins, The Foo Fighters, and Hole. The Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule also featured a spot at the annual rock festival, Ozzfest, in 2000.
Their breakout success occurred with their third effort, "Songs for the Deaf." While on tour with the Foo Fighters, the band befriended Dave Grohl who joined the recording sessions and played drums on the album. Grohl even toured with them on the US portion of the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age Tour. The album was released in 2002, with the hit singles, "No One Knows," and "Go With the Flow," propelling the album to platinum status and becoming their highest performing album to date. Critics loved the album's schizophrenic sound and were especially praiseworthy of Grohl's legendary contribution on drums. The album's songs, "No One Knows" and "Go With the Flow," were respectfully nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2003 and 2004 Grammy Awards.
The band toured extensively in support of the album. The Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule included headlining stints at the Coachella Valley Music Festival and an international headlining tour in 2004-2005. The band returned to the studio and released their fourth album, "Lullabies to Paralyze," in 2005. To support the album, the Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule included a performance at Saturday Night Live where they also performed a skit, and the opening spot on the Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth," tour. The album spawned the hit, "Little Sister," and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, their highest charting entry to date.
Following the conclusion of the tour, the future of the band was in limbo following a series of line-up changes, the firing of bass player, Nick Oliveri, and a general slump in the band's cohesiveness. They took a couple of years off but returned in 2007 to release their most recent effort, "Era Vulgaris." which featured the Grammy nominated single, "Sick, Sick, Sick." Since releasing the album, the band has focused solely on touring and other musical side projects. The band is currently in the studio working on their long anticipated sixth album and trying to define the new direction that their sound will gravitate towards. Frontman, Hommes described what they are trying to do as "trancey" and "bluesy." In the meantime, you will just have to catch these guys on the road to hear what they're trying to create in the studio. Queens of the Stone Age tour dates are available, their concert schedule has them touring over forty international dates this 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Queens of the Stone Age tour dates and concert schedule news.
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