QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE leader Josh Homme has spoken to Billboard.com about the group's upcoming tour in support of their new album, "Lullabies To Paralyze", due on March 22 via Interscope. The trek will get underway Feb. 21 in Paris and has dates on tap through April 18 in Los Angeles.
"We have been rehearsing for about six weeks," Homme told Billboard.com. "All 14 tracks [from the new album] are fair game, and [as for] ones from the other records, the soil has been re-tilled and everyone is real bright-eyed. It feels really good around here."
Although longtime collaborator Alain Johannes plays bass on "Lullabies To Paralyze", he will not be joining Homme, drummer Joey Castillo and multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen on the road this spring. Homme declined to reveal who will be playing bass, saying, "It's great to keep people on the edge of their seats as long as possible, without anyone falling down."
"It's not Alain because he has this fucked up thing called a life, the bastard, which I have to look into, apparently," the workaholic Homme added with a chuckle.
After the spring dates, QOTSA will be "looking for something to do that's not any of the festivals this summer. We'd almost like to make our own mini, midget festival. I want there to be general admission. I don't want there to be 15 bands in a day. People can't receive that. I'd rather have five and have it start after work. Stand and sit wherever the hell you want to."
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE tour dates:
Feb. 21 – Paris, FRA @ Trabendo
Feb. 24 - Koln, GER @ Kantine
Feb. 26 – Berlin, GER @ Postbahnhof
Mar. 03 – London, UK @ venue TBA
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs' BBQ
Mar. 16 – Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
Mar. 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live
Mar. 20 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
Mar. 24 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Mar. 26 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Mar. 27 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Mar. 28 – Boston, MA @ Roxy
Mar. 30 – Toronto, ONT @ Kool Haus
Mar. 31 – Montreal, QUE @ Metropolis
Apr. 02 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Apr. 03 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Apr. 05 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Apr. 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Quest
Apr. 08 - Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr. 10 - Calgary, Alberta @ MacEwan Hall
Apr. 11 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Red's
Apr. 13 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Apr. 14 - Seattle or Tacoma, WA @ venue TBA
Apr. 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Apr. 18 - Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre