Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one year long detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age re-emerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains, available now.

Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder, Villains is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013’s …Like Clockwork gave the band its first number one album in the U.S. (and number ones in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, number twos in the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Finland… but really, who’s counting?

Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the line-up that took …Like Clockwork around the world and back; founder, guitarist, vocalist, lyricist Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, keys), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keys, guitar), Jon Theodore (drums),are as unmistakable as ever, though co-existing with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As Homme himself puts it, “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question ‘what do we sound like now?’ If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop, but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound.”

Queens Of The Stone Age have also today announced a UK and Ireland arena tour for November.

TOUR DATES 2017

November

Date Venue
Sun 19th Manchester Arena
Tue 21st The O2 London
Thu 23rd Usher Hall Edinburgh
Fri 24th 3Arena Dublin

Tickets are now on sale