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Queens Of The Stone Age

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Below is our complete Queens Of The Stone Age news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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More Bands Announced For The Electric Festival

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SOILWORK and QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed for the Electric Festival, set to take place May 30-31 at John Lennon Auditorium in Getafe, Spain.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Friday, May 30:


Saturday, May 31:


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Rock And Metal Featured In Grammy Nominations

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will be held at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday, February 10th, 2008.

Nominees of interest include:

* Best Hard Rock Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.):
- 'Sweet Sacrifice' - EVANESCENCE. Track from: The Open Door [Wind-up Records, LLC]
- 'The Pretender' - FOO FIGHTERS. Track from: Foo Fighters [Roswell/RCA Records]
- 'I Don't Wanna Stop' - OZZY OSBOURNE. Track from: Black Rain [Epic]
- 'Sick, Sick, Sick' - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Track from: Era Vulgaris [Interscope Recods]
- 'The Pot' - TOOL. Track from: 10,000 Days [Volcano]

* Best Metal Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
- 'Nothing Left' - AS I LAY DYING. Track from: An Ocean Between Us [Metal Blade Records]
- 'Never Ending Hill' - KING DIAMOND. Track from: Give Me Your Soul...Please [Metal Blade Records]
- 'Aesthetics Of Hate' - MACHINE HEAD. Track from: The Blackening [Roadrunner Records]
- 'Redemption' - SHADOWS FALL. Track from: Threads Of Life [Atlantic]
- 'Final Six' - SLAYER. Track from: Christ Illusion [American Recording/Columbia]

* Best Rock Instrumental Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.)
- 'The Ecstasy Of Gold' - METALLICA. Track from: We All Love Ennio Morricone [Sony Classical]
- 'Malignant Narcissism' - RUSH. Track from: Snakes & Arrows [Anthem/Atlantic]
- 'Always With Me, Always With You' - JOE SATRIANI. Track from: Satriani Live! [Epic/Red Ink]
- 'Once Upon A Time In The West' - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Track from: We All Love Ennio Morricone [Sony Classical]
- 'The Attitude Song' - STEVE VAI. Track from: Sound Theories Vol. I & II [Epic/Red Ink]

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Queens Of The Stone Age Frontman Slams Label

The Pulse of Radio reports: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme unloaded on the band's label, Interscope Records, in a profanity-laced interview with Antiquiet.com. When asked how he thinks the record companies will react as more artists finish their contracts and go off on their own, Homme replied, "Fuck the labels, man, they suck. The last thing they're stripping down is their own expense accounts and shit. I mean, (President) Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records takes a private jet or rides first class to tell a band they don't get tour support...I'm not gonna be quiet because the American label, not Canada, not Europe, but our American label's fucking us like crazy, so fuck them...I'm not even bitter, people say labels are evil, no. They're just lame."

Homme continues his rant by calling label execs a "bunch of fucking idiots" and adding, "They can't do anything to me. That's the difference...they can't stop me from being me and from playing, but they can lose their jobs and have to fucking work at Shakey's pizza like they should've all along."

Homme alluded to problems with his label when we asked about a since-abandoned plan to release some tracks that didn't make it onto the latest QUEENS album, "Era Vulgaris": "I have a retarded record company. They're all locked in their hysteria of a business that they don't understand, you know. Playing it safe and being panicked have no business in music."

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will play a short string of pre-holiday shows later this month, starting on December 15 in La Jolla, California.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Doing Animated Film?

The Pulse of Radio reports that QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE might be working on an animated film based around "Bulby", the character shaped like a light bulb that appears on the cover of the band's latest album, "Era Vulgaris", as well as some of the group's recent videos. According to Gigwise.com, the QUEENS have met with Hollywood studio execs about the project and have brought in a designer and potential director to work on it. A source said, "It's going to be the new SpongeBob SquarePants or Ren And Stimpy."

QUEENS frontman Josh Homme told The Pulse of Radio why "Bulby" and another broken light bulb character ended up on the cover of "Era Vulgaris". "The title has an accidental air of seriousness, and I think that just helps to kind of illustrate that, 'No, no, no, not that serious actually,' you know," he said. "And I also think that it kind of strikes a little bit of a balance between that '50s generation of advertising, that sort of naive generation where Drippy the Oil Drop sold Exxon Oil or Fred Flintstone sold smokes, you know, which seems really Satanic."

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE starts a U.K. tour on Friday (November 23), but will return home to the U.S. in December for a string of pre-holiday shows.

Proceeds from a December 9 concert at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California will go to various charities and organizations, including Operation Safe House and Palm Desert High School.

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Queens of the Stone Age Thrown Out of Rehab

The Pulse of Radio reports: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE were reportedly thrown out of a rehab clinic last week just one song into a performance, according to NME.com. The band accepted an invitation to play a six-song concert for patients at an unnamed California facility, but their set was abruptly cut short during the opening number and the group members were forcibly removed from the building by security guards. The song that the QUEENS opened with? "Feel Good Hit of the Summer", which consists of one line repeated over and over again: "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol...c-c-c-c-c-cocaine."

Staff members at the clinic were reportedly unamused and refused to do anything but eject the band.

Ironically, the Colorado Police Department uses the song in instructional videos about drunk driving.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE perform in Dortmund, Germany on Friday night (November 16) and will remain in Europe until early December. The band returns home for five West Coast shows in the middle of next month as it continues promoting its latest CD, "Era Vulgaris".

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"Rock Band" Tracklisting Revealed

The Pulse of Radio reports: Harmonix Music announced the final track listing for its highly anticipated Rock Band video game on Thursday (November 1). The 58-song soundtrack includes dozens of original master recordings by artists such as FOO FIGHTERS, METALLICA, NIRVANA, BLACK SABBATH, RADIOHEAD, SMASHING PUMPKINS, FALL OUT BOY, THE KILLERS, THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUNDGARDEN, THE CLASH and many more, spanning alternative rock, classic rock, metal and punk from the '60s to the present. In addition to 45 tracks from established stars, the game will also feature 13 songs from independent up-and-coming acts.

Rock Band comes out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on November 20, and PlayStation 2 on December 18.

The complete Rock Band soundtrack is (* indicates cover version):

THE ROLLING STONES - "Gimme Shelter"
AEROSMITH - "Train Kept a Rollin'"*
THE WHO - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
BOSTON - "Foreplay/Long Time"
MOUNTAIN - "Mississippi Queen"*
THE POLICE - "Next to You"
DAVID BOWIE - "Suffragette City"
BLACK SABBATH - "Paranoid"*
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
THE RAMONES - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
DEEP PURPLE - "Highway Star"
KISS - "Detroit Rock City"
MOLLY HATCHET - "Flirtin'With Disaster"
THE OUTLAWS - "Green Grass & High Tides"
SWEET - "Ballroom Blitz"*
RUSH - "Tom Sawyer"*
BON JOVI - "Wanted Dead or Alive"
THE CLASH - "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
PIXIES - "Wave of Mutilation"
R.E.M. - "Orange Crush"
IRON MAIDEN - "Run to the Hills"*
FOO FIGHTERS - "Learn to Fly"
METALLICA - "Enter Sandman"
NIRVANA - "In Bloom"
WEEZER - "Say It Ain't So"
BEASTIE BOYS - "Sabotage"
HOLE - "Celebrity Skin"
GARBAGE - "I Think I'm Paranoid"
SOUNDGARDEN - "Black Hole Sun"
THE HIVES - "Main Offender"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Go With the Flow"
THE STROKES - "Reptilia"
JET - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
OK GO - "Here It Goes Again"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - "Dani California"
FALL OUT BOY - "Dead on Arrival"
THE KILLERS - "When You Were Young"
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - "Electric Version"

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Just For Fun

Spinner Rates Top 20 "Worst Band Fueds"

Spinner is running a top 20 of "Worst Band Fueds," of which hard rock and metal bands make several appearances including:

Marilyn Manson vs. My Chemical Romance (18)
Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Mr. Bungle (15)
Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam (14)
Dwarves vs. QOTSA (13)
Metallica vs. Megadeth (4)

Of course the list is topped primarily by rappers, but I don't recall when individual rappers constituted a "band."

Read the full article at Spinner.com.

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Mastodon Guitarist/Vocalist Suffers Head Injury

MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds suffered a severe head injury after his performance on Sunday night's [September 9] MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. He is being treated by a Las Vegas hospital where he remains hospitalized.

It is rumoured that Hinds' injury was sustained during a brutal assault that took place shortly after MASTODON performed "Colony of Birchmen" at the Palms Casino Fantasy Suites in Las Vegas. However, it should be noted that this information has not yet been corroborated by an official source. He remains under physicians' care in a Las Vegas hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

MTV News reports that Hinds' nose was also broken, and he sustained two black eyes, according to the band's manager, Nick John. Although John did not provide details about what led to Hinds' injuries, he said they occurred at around 3 a.m. Monday morning, after the band had finished one of the highest-profile performances of its career — a guest spot in the FOO FIGHTERS' suite during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. MASTODON performed its single "Colony of Birchmen" with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme; the song appears on the band's 2006 LP, "Blood Mountain".

"Thankfully, it seems he's going to [make a full recovery]," said John. "All I know is he had a bad head injury, broken nose and blacked-out eyes. He doesn't recall much."

Several unsubstantiated rumors circulating around the web claim that Hinds was attacked shortly after the band's MTV Video Music Awards performance.

Watch MASTODON's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (with a special guest appearance by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Josh Homme):

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VBS.TV Features QOTSA Frontman

VBS.TV presents a brand new episode of new episode of VBS MEETS... featuring Interscope recording artists Queens of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, guest starring Brody Dalle (Spinnerete/The Distillers, Sire/Warner Bros.) and hosted by VBS.TV correspondent Baby Balls (aka Thomas Morton).

In this episode of VBS MEETS... VBS.TV correspondent Baby Balls (aka Thomas Morton) met up with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme at the Westside Rifle & Pistol for a lesson in firearm safety. After firing off a couple rounds (not to mention a few shots of patron) Thomas and Josh discuss the ideal QOTSA double bill, why hardcore punk is the pickled ginger of the musical world, and why you just can't beat a peach colored suit. Throughout the episode you can hear tracks like "3's & 7's" and "Turning On The Screw" from Queens' new album, "Era Vulgaris." Keep your eyes peeled for cameos from Brody Dalle (Spinnerette / The Distillers) and Westside Rifle & Pistol owner Robert Derrig.

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Metal Makes More Appearances in Rock Games

With the gaming industry's biggest expo, E3, going on, there have been tons of new announcements as well as some back and forth between competition. The Neversoft-developed Guitar Hero III revealed the former Guns N' Roses/current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash would rock on a variety of unlockable guitars. Original Guitar Hero developer Harmonix then fired back with the announcement that it will offer not just hit singles for gamers to play on their upcoming Rock Band game, but entire full-length albums from multiple labels.

The first band to receive the digital conversion will be classic British rockers The Who. Gamers will be able to form a virtual cover band playing guitar, hitting the drums, and singing along to the band's widely acclaimed 1971 album Who's Next. The album should hit soon after the game's release this fall, with new content planned on a weekly basis.

Harmonix also announced the first 15 songs from the retail edition of Rock Band. A glance at the list reveals a wide array of rock subgenres and decades represented, from David Bowie and Black Sabbath to The Hives and The Strokes.

Piling on the announcements, Harmonix also revealed that Steven Van Zandt had signed on to chief Rock Band's music advisory board. In addition to appearing in the HBO gangster drama The Sopranos, Van Zandt is a member of Bruce Springsteen backing band E Street Band. Van Zandt also hosts the weekly syndicated radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage, which showcases up-and-coming sub-genre rock bands, and is a program director for the Sirius Satellite Radio network.

Finally, Harmonix revealed the Grammy-winning "Enter Sandman" from Metallica's 1991 Black album will be included in Rock Band's initial lineup shipping with the game. Announced at the end of EA's press conference, Kathy Vrabeck also made mention that a "substantial" number of songs from Metallica's catalog are slated to appear in the game.

The first 16 songs from Rock Band are listed below: More...

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Rage Against The Machine's August 24th Show

Rage Against The Machine's August 24th show at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI has officially been announced with Queens Of The Stone Age rounding out the bill.

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Goon Moon Ready Album For May Release

While today is the release date of Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero," the band's current guitar player, Jeordie White (formerly known as Twiggy Ramirez from Marilyn Manson), is also a part of Goon Moon who have a May 8 release of "Licker's Last Leg" on Ipecac Records. Goon Moon is Jeordie and Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, Masters of Reality) with guest players including Zach Hill (Hella), Josh Homme (QOTSA), Josh Freese amongst others. Chris also has a busy summer with Queens of the Stone Age's album coming this June.

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Sharon Osbourne Blasts QOTSA Frontman

SHARON OSBOURNE has blasted Queens of The Stone Age frontman JOSH HOMME after he criticised the 2007 free Ozzfest tour for lining the pocket of the headliner and no one else. Speaking to Blender.com, Homme revealed he was approached to perform at the touring festival but declined the offer, stating, "I won't be playing Ozzfest again - they treat the bands like shit." Homme went on to criticise this year's (2007) Ozzfest, where bands are being asked to perform for free. He says, "This year you get to play for free under the guise of, 'We're doing it for the fans!' But it's really for the people who fan Sharon and Ozzy with palm fronds at their house."

Outraged Osbourne has wasted no time in firing back, telling the website, "I hope he gets syphilis and dies. I hope his dick fuckin' falls off so his mother can eat it."

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QOTSA Recording New Album

Josh Homme has revealed that Queens Of The Stone Age have started work on their new album.

The singer, currently working with his other band Eagles Of Death Metal, told NME.com Queens are currently writing new material in the studio, but refused to divulge the line-up of the band.

He said: "That's not a healthy question. You'll ruin the surprise. We've gotta keep our cool."

Homme also explained how he's been preparing for the return of Eagles Of Death Metal. He said: "We've [Homme and Jesse Hughes, Eagles' main man] been getting in touch with our feminine sides - we've been touching them every day - and we've been beating our inner child."

Last March, Chris Goss has told in an interview with Modern Guitars Magazine that he is going to team up with Homme to begin work on Queens of the Stone Age's follow-up to 2005's "Lullabies to Paralyze".

Also, in an interview on the Australian radio station Triple J, Death from Above 1979 bassist Jesse Keeler has revealed that he will play bass on the album, but said that he would more than likely not be touring with the band.

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Fu Manchu Signs To Liquor and Poker Music

After nine albums, countless world tours and more than a dozen years of leading their scene, FU MANCHU – perhaps the definitive Southern California hard rock band of the last decade – have signed a worldwide recording agreement with The Century Family. Their tenth, as-yet-untitled album will surface in early 2007 on Liquor and Poker Music in America and on Century Media Records in Europe. An Asian release will be confirmed in the coming months.

“FU MANCHU is one of the most influential rock groups of recent times,” says Marco Barbieri, president of The Century Family and Liquor and Poker Music’s “high roller.” “We’re proud and excited to welcome the band to our roster, and we look forward to being part of a new chapter of their impressive history.” More...

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It's Official: Lollapalooza 2006 To Suck

Every once in a while Lollapalooza gets a token decent heavy act or two and a good number of rock and alternative rock bands. But this year's heaviest band is none other than Queens of the Stone Age. Pathetic. Other than the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the lineup seems especially lame.

This summer's Lollapalooza (Aug. 4-6 in Chicago's Grant Park) will be headlined by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West and Wilco, and also features Common, Manu Chao, Queens Of The Stone Age, the Shins, Death Cab For Cutie, Matisyahu, Ween and Jack White's new band, the Raconteurs, Flaming Lips, Ryan Adams, Sonic Youth, Thievery Corporation, Sleater-Kinney, Broken Social Scene, New Pornographers, Secret Machines, Gnarls Barkley, Cursive, Stars, Calexico, Nada Surf, Nickel Creek, Lady Sovereign, Feist, the Frames, Sparta, Jeremy Enigk, Wolfmother and Eels.

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NIN, QotSA, H.I.M. Confirmed For Sasquatch! Fest

NINE INCH NAILS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and H.I.M. are among the confirmed bands for the fifth Sasquatch! Festival, set to be held May 26-28 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Also scheduled to appear are BECK, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, THE FLAMING LIPS, THE SHINS, BEN HARPER, ARCTIC MONKEYS and MATISYAHU, among others, according to Billboard.com. The event will also feature SUFJAN STEVENS' only scheduled performance of the summer.

Sasquatch! tickets go on sale March 4 via Ticketmaster.

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Motorhead To Play With The Foo Fighters

Motörhead have just been confirmed to play a gigantic concert featuring the Foo Fighters on June 17th, 2006 at Hyde Park in London, England. No other than Dave Grohl himself asked his pal Lemmy to join in and Motörhead agreed immediately. The line up is the following:

Foo Fighters
Queens Of The Stone Age

Furthermore these shows are confirmed already:

Mar. 07 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 09 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 10 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 11 Las Vegas, CA - House of Blues

Motörhead will be playing some summer festivals in Europe between June 1st, 2006 and August 15th. A US Tour will follow September / November this year and Motörhead will start a headlining European tour after that. More news TBA.

Motörhead are currently in the studios working on their new album.

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SOAD, Mudvayne, Slipknot Among Grammy Nominees

SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, NINE INCH NAILS, MUDVAYNE, SHADOWS FALL and SLIPKNOT are among the nominees for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, set to be broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles' Staples Center on February 8, 2006. The nominees in the "Hard Rock" and "Metal" categories are as follows:

Hard Rock Performance:

AUDIOSLAVE - "Doesn't Remind Me"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
ROBERT PLANT - "Tin Pan Valley"

Metal Performance:

MINISTRY - "The Great Satan"
MUDVAYNE - "Determined"
RAMMSTEIN - "Mein Teil"
SHADOWS FALL - "What Drives the Weak"
SLIPKNOT - "Before I Forget"

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Josh Homme: The Amount of Shit Metallica Borrowed

In an era when METALLICA and PANTERA were the biggest metal bands in the world, legendary Palm Desert generator soldiers KYUSS were too metal for the grunge crowd and too rock for most headbangers. "We were totally against those bands," former KYUSS guitarist Josh Homme (currently the frontman of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) told Decibel magazine. "And really, the amount of shit that METALLICA borrowed from us is frustrating. It was strange."

KYUSS famously opened for METALLICA in Australia in 1993. METALLICA's soundman promised KYUSS they'd have a full PA during their set but quickly changed his mind after KYUSS plugged in and turned on. "We douched them," Homme laughed. "On a frequency spectrum, we were like a brick wall until you hit the high end — and then there was no high end. I mean, high end if not fun for anybody; you don't party with high end." Years later, Homme was playing with QUEENS at Slim's in San Francisco, high on escsasy and being interviewed about his METALLICA experience. "This guy I knew was making a movie about METALLICA, and I was trying so hard not to say something negative. I think I talked about the rider or something, and then I said meeting them was like meeting George Bush. My eyes must've been spinning."

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