Queens Of The Stone Age
Wed, September 6, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
$59.50 // $95 (ADVANCE) $64.50 // $100 (DAY OF SHOW)
10:00 am EDT
This event is 18 and over
Queens Of The Stone Age
IT CAME FROM THE DESERT.
WHAT “IT” WAS, EXACTLY, IS STILL A MATTER OF DEBATE. ARE QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE A BAND? AN ASSOCIATION? A CONCEPT? THE INTERMITTENT ISSUE OF AN UNHINGED CARLO VON SEXRON? THE TOXIC BYPRODUCT OF OTHER BANDS? A VARIOUSLY SHRINKING AND EXPANDING GROUP OF FRIENDS AND LIKEMINDED VISITORS? OR A SECRET SOCIETY?
WHATEVER KIND OF STRANGE AND TERRIBLE MUTATION SLOUCHED OUT OF THE IRRADIATED CALIFORNIA WASTELAND IN 1996, IT’S EVIDENTLY STILL AROUND. IT LIVES. IT BREATHES. IT CAN’T BE STOPPED.
…LIKE CLOCKWORK IS THE FIRST QOTSA ALBUM SINCE 2007’S ERA VULGARIS AND, ACCORDING TO ITS FOUNDER AND ONLY IDENTIFIABLE CONSTANT, JOSH HOMME, ” …LIKE CLOCKWORK’ WAS THE ONLY THING THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN.”
AFTER A LOT OF “PERSONAL UPS AND DOWNS’, A “MANIC YEAR”, HOMME AND THE CURRENT ITERATION OF THE QUEENS–VETERAN TROY VAN LEEUWEN, MICHAEL SHUMAN AND DEAN FERTITA–ALONG WITH THE OUTGOING JOEY CASTILLO AND RETURNING ASSOCIATE DAVE GROHL, WOULD DECIDE TO EMBRACE THE BEAST, “RIDE SHOTGUN ON OUR EMOTIONAL BANDWAGON…HOLD THE HORRIBLE, LICK THE LUNACY” AND, INSTEAD OF SHYING AWAY FROM UNCOMFORTABLE OR PAINFUL SUBJECT MATTER-FACE IT HEAD-ON. ALONG THE WAY, THEY PICKED UP KNOWN ASSOCIATES MARK LANEGAN, NICK OLIVERI , JON THEODORE (NOW DRUMMING FULL-TIME IN THE CURRENT LIVE INCARNATION), SIR ELTON JOHN, TRENT REZNOR, ALEX TURNER AND JAKE SHEARS.
“I’M USUALLY (A GUY WHO) WOULD SPIT ON THE FLOOR AND SAY ‘LET’S GO'”, SAYS HOMME. “I’VE ALWAYS PLAYED MY WAY OUT OF TROUBLE… PEOPLE USUALLY TRY AND RUN FROM CHAOS. BUT THIS TIME, WHEREVER IT WAS MOST UNCOMFORTABLE, THAT’S WHERE I DECIDED TO GO.”
HOWEVER HIGHLY PREVIOUS QOTSA RELEASES HAVE BEEN PRAISED, HOMME HAS CONSISTENTLY DEMONSTRATED A BUSINESS PLAN OF NOT GIVING A SHIT. “THE ONLY PRESSURE IS (MAKING SURE THAT) IT WON’T BE THE SAME AS THE ONE BEFORE.”
” I’M NOT TRYING TO GET SOMEWHERE,” SAYS HOMME. ” THIS IS A DOCUMENT. FOR EVERYTHING THAT WENT WRONG, SOMETHING WENT RIGHT. ONE DAY YOU’RE PARTING WAYS WITH YOUR DRUMMER OF TEN YEARS-THE NEXT DAY, ELTON JOHN SHOWS UP.”
WHATEVER HAPPENED-OUT THERE, IN WHATEVER DESERT ARROYO, FORMER METH LAB, DECOMMISSIONED MISSILE SILO, NUCLEAR TEST SITE, UNDERGROUND LABORATORY, CONVERGENCE OF BRAIN WAVES AND GAMMA RAYS, QOTSA EMERGES WITH NOT ONLY THEIR BEST WORK TO DATE, BUT ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS, FULLY REALIZED ROCK ALBUMS IN RECENT MEMORY.
– ANTHONY BOURDAIN
Royal Blood is a British rock duo band originally formed in Brighton in 2012. The band’s sound is reminiscent of and rooted in modern garage rock and blues rock.
The band, composed of bassist/singer Mike Kerr (formerly of Hunting the Minotaur) and drummer Ben Thatcher, was formed in Worthing in 2013, and played their first gig a mere two days after Kerr’s return to England from his “working holiday” in Australia. During the summer of 2013, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders was seen wearing a shirt supporting the band (before the release of their first single) during their Glastonbury Festival concert in July. On 11 November 2013, the duo released their debut single, “Out of the Black”, which came with a B-side called “Come On Over”.
In November 2013 it was announced that Royal Blood would be supporting Arctic Monkeys for two Finsbury Park shows in May 2014. In December 2013 Royal Blood were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014.
Royal Blood released their second single, “Little Monster”, on 11 February 2014. The band also released a four-track EP, featuring “Out of the Black”, “Little Monster”, “Come On Over” and “Hole” on 11 March 2014 in North America. Their debut album, Royal Blood, was released on 25 August 2014.
Royal Blood performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in March 2014; at Liverpool Sound City festival and at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow in May; and at Download Festival and Glastonbury Festival in June. They will perform at T in the Park festival in July, and at Reading festival in August 2014.
Mike Kerr has previously used the name Royal Blood when living in Australia in 2012, working with drummer Matt Swan.