QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have been one of the 21st century’s most engaging and ambitious rock groups. Led by Josh Homme, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have pursued an agenda of moody, sexy, high-energy rock that flaunts its danger and oddness, winning over fans and critics in the process.
Releasing their self-titled debut in 1998, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE boasted a stripped-down approach to hard rock and metal that valued gnarly riffs over head-banging theatrics. In keeping with the band’s desert origins, the songs had a sun-baked, slightly eerie quality to them, and as the album’s sexually suggestive cover indicated, QOTSA had a cocky, libidinous streak to them.
In 2000, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE released ‘Rated R’ which proved to be part horror movie, part drug-binge freak-out but essentially a hard rock record that ran the gamut from rock to pop to metal to psychedelic. However it was 2002 when QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE broke through with ‘Songs For The Deaf’, a sort-of concept album about the idiocy of mainstream radio. “Their world – sexual, drug-filled, and occasionally paranoid – has become progressively darker, and as such we find them nothing less than guardians of the rock flame.” – NME
To coincide with their Soundwave 2011 performances the self-titled debut album from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will be re-released on February 25th, 2011. It has been been re-mastered with 3 bonus tracks from the original recording session.
Handpicked to open for AC/DC on their national Black Ice Tour before their debut album was even finished, by tour’s end CALLING ALL CARS had played to over half a million people. Releasing their debut album ‘Hold, Hold, Fire’ in March 2010, “Calling All Cars are that band that all other bands wish they were like, and now, they have released an absolute ball-tearing debut record.” – XPress Magazine. In a race against the clock, CALLING ALL CARS played 15 shows in 32 days in support of their debut album and galvanised their reputation as one of the most exciting young rock acts in Australia. We are pleased to confirm CALLING ALL CARS will be supporting QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE at their sold out Sidewaves this March.
As Stylus Magazine so succinctly put it “Queens Of The Stone Age are the greatest heavy rock band on the face of the planet” and we are thrilled to announce they will be delivering their trademark commanding, in-your-face performances for two sideshows only; leaving the masses in Sydney and Melbourne breathless.