Critical Smash Seventh Album Debuts at #1 in Seven Countries
Photo: Andreas Neumann
“(FOUR STARS) Suggesting latter-day Led Zep if they’d wrapped their head around New Wave… a galloping assault pitched between Devo and the Buzzcocks… Headbangers may be put off that QOTSA is now targeting feet and asses; too bad for them.”—ROLLING STONE
“A 100% hit-rate exceedingly rare for rock bands with 20 years in the game… Many younger acts start running on steam in hardly half the time that QOTSA’s managed to maintain their grease-fire fuel source, making their continued vitality not only impressive but reassuringly inspiring. It remains unclear whether Homme would like us to see him as hero or villain, but there’s no disputing that his example is one that every other band should be striving to follow either way.”—STEREOGUM
“Homme’s rock ’n’ roll instincts are still as keen as ever… even more miraculous is the notion that Queens of the Stone Age have perhaps yet to hit their creative peak—no small feat for any band”—PASTE
“The grooviest record the alt-rock mainstays have released… the results thrill.”—PEOPLE
“Purposeful and sinister … like a snarling, evil thing cut loose and raging. I couldn’t ask this band for more.”—VULTURE
“An utterly unique institution in contemporary music, a smart and contrarian hard-rock behemoth… affects a veneer of bravado that nonetheless feels wounded and vulnerable… hearing Homme, rock’s reigning man’s man, sing so openly about personal weakness is bracing.”—UPROXX
The critics and the people—hey, everyone’s a critic right?—have spoken:
Queens Of The Stone Age’s monolithic seventh album, Villains, released August 25 on Matador Records, has stolen the hearts and souls of the music-loving (and purchasing) populace the world over.
Villains debuted at #1 in the UK, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and Portugal, #2 in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Ireland, #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the U.S. album chart, #4 on Japan’s international chart and #5 in Italy—easily the single biggest global sales week of the Queens’ seven album stretch.
Villains’ first seven days in existence also saw nearly 100,000 vinyl albums moved worldwide, as the record became the #1 selling vinyl LP in the UK, U.S. and Germany.
In other good news on the band’s U.S. home front, Villains also took the #1 spot on the Alternative, Hard, Rock, Internet and Independent Label Album charts and #2 on the Digital Album sales chart.
With the unlikely pairing of producer Mark Ronson and Queens Of The Stone Age now a scientifically proven success, Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore will take the new songs on the road this week, opening the North American leg of the Villains world tour with a long since sold out show September 6 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. Tickets for the massive run, which includes the band’s first ever headline at New York’s Madison Square Garden, have already sold out at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks, as well as in Grand Rapids, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Paul, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Boston, Portland ME and more to go clean soon…
For further information, tickets, new dates and so on, don’t fail to keep checking http://www.qotsa.com/.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
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 Great Saltair 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 *SOLD OUT 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