Queens of the Stone Age Getting Rid Of Members?

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Josh Homme discussed possible Queens of the Stone Age lineup changes in a new Visions Magazine interview.

The current line-up of Queens Of The Stone Age seems very consistent, it’s the third album by this line-up. Is the Queens’ time as a collective over?—

[hesitates] My first thought when you asked your question was maybe I should break up the band again. You have to know, I just love taking a contrary position to the rest. And what would friendship be without a little blood spilled? Whenever something seems too safe for me, I always have the reflex to peel off something and see what lies behind. On the other hand, in the beginning I put on the Queens Of The Stone Age like one of my desert sessions to protect myself. You don’t make big commitments when you say let’s play for a year and then we’ll see. It’s a bit like being a brothel hostess: “Come fuck with me for a while until you find something else.”

But what speaks against a stable cast like now.—

Yes, because I think it’s better when people want to play together and don’t stand together on stage because they have to. It’s like a normal relationship. It’s much better to be together because you want to. Then you can also be happy for the other person if he thinks he wants to go a different way. Who knows, you might just see each other again later because he or she took a different route at that moment. But I also know how difficult it is once you have all the pieces of a band’s puzzle together to find new ones that could replace one of them. Now I’m so comfortable on stage with the guys that I feel like we’re like a gang. A gang that will demolish the hall. So you’re right that the current line-up is very stable, although I enjoy playing around so much. However, I’m playing around more musically at the moment.

During last Sunday night (May 28th)’s set at the Boston Calling festival, Queens Of The Stone Age debuted another song from their upcoming studio album “In Times New Roman…” called “Negative Space”.

Fan-filmed footage of the aforementioned performance has since been made available online, as reported by The PRP:

“In Times New Roman…”, which will be QOTSA’s first studio album in six years, is due for release on June 16th. The band will embark on a world tour to promote the record right after its release and the dates are below:

  • 06/17 Landgraaf, NET – Pinkpop Festival
  • 06/18 Sheessel, GER – Hurricane Festival
  • 06/20 Halifax, UK – The Piece Hall (feat. Coach Party)
  • 06/22 Margate, UK – Dreamland (feat. Coach Party)
  • 06/23 Cardiff, UK – Cardiff Castle (feat. Coach Party)
  • 06/28 Roskilde, DEN – Roskilde Festival
  • 06/30 Gdynia, POL – Open’er Festival
  • 07/02 Werchter, BEL – Rock Werchter
  • 07/04 Lyon, FRA – Les Nuits de Fourviere
  • 07/05 Albi, FRA – Festival Pause Guitare
  • 07/07 Madrid, SPA – Mad Cool Festival
  • 07/08 Lisbon, POR – NOS Alive
  • 08/12 New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium (feat. Phantogram & The Armed)
  • 09/09 Sao Paulo, BRA – The Town
  • 09/24 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
  • 10/08 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

Meanwhile, Queens Of The Stone Age have also been teasing an appearance at Glastonbury when they come to the UK for a string of shows in Halifax, Cardiff and Margate next month.

In the three cities on their short UK tour, the band took photos of posters reading ‘long live the Queens’, before a fourth photo was shared of a poster stuck on the wall at Glastonbury Tor.

Also included in the post was a location tag for Castle Cary, a nearby town to the festival and site of the train station attendees arrive in to.