Queens of the Stone Age:
This hard rock band started out jammin' in the California desert before hitting it big, first in the United Kingdom, and then in the United States with their hit, "No One Knows." Queens of the Stone Age tour dates are booked internationally, so don't miss out on the chance to catch them in your area.
Frontman, Josh Homme, started QOTSA in 1996 under the moniker "Gamma Ray." After a lawsuit from a German metal band with the same name, they decided to change their name after their producer, Chris Goss, joked that they were like "Queens of the Stone Age." The name stuck and the band released their self-titled debut in 1998 on Loose Groove records. While it received a silver certification in the United Kingdom and four stars from Rolling Stone, the album failed commercially in the United States. It is slated for a re-release in 2011, hopefully this time around, American fans will listen.
QOTSA returned to the studio and recorded their sophomore set, "Rated R", which was released in 2000. This album proved to be more successful than its predecessor, with the band charting a single on the US Modern Rock survey, "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret," which was also featured on the HBO series, Entourage. With this mild success, Queens of the Stone Age tour dates were booked as the opening act for the Smashing Pumpkins, The Foo Fighters, and Hole. The Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule also featured a spot at the annual rock festival, Ozzfest, in 2000.
Their breakout success occurred with their third effort, "Songs for the Deaf." While on tour with the Foo Fighters, the band befriended Dave Grohl who joined the recording sessions and played drums on the album. Grohl even toured with them on the US portion of the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age Tour. The album was released in 2002, with the hit singles, "No One Knows," and "Go With the Flow," propelling the album to platinum status and becoming their highest performing album to date. Critics loved the album's schizophrenic sound and were especially praiseworthy of Grohl's legendary contribution on drums. The album's songs, "No One Knows" and "Go With the Flow," were respectfully nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2003 and 2004 Grammy Awards.
The band toured extensively in support of the album. The Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule included headlining stints at the Coachella Valley Music Festival and an international headlining tour in 2004-2005. The band returned to the studio and released their fourth album, "Lullabies to Paralyze," in 2005. To support the album, the Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule included a performance at Saturday Night Live where they also performed a skit, and the opening spot on the Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth," tour. The album spawned the hit, "Little Sister," and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, their highest charting entry to date.
Following the conclusion of the tour, the future of the band was in limbo following a series of line-up changes, the firing of bass player, Nick Oliveri, and a general slump in the band's cohesiveness. They took a couple of years off but returned in 2007 to release their most recent effort, "Era Vulgaris." which featured the Grammy nominated single, "Sick, Sick, Sick." Since releasing the album, the band has focused solely on touring and other musical side projects. The band is currently in the studio working on their long anticipated sixth album and trying to define the new direction that their sound will gravitate towards. Frontman, Hommes described what they are trying to do as "trancey" and "bluesy." In the meantime, you will just have to catch these guys on the road to hear what they're trying to create in the studio. Queens of the Stone Age tour dates are available, their concert schedule has them touring over forty international dates this 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Queens of the Stone Age tour dates and concert schedule news.
While he may not have been the first British punk rocker in the world, Billy Idol has been at the forefront of the genre since 1976, both with his band Generation X and his incredibly successful solo career. After 35 years of playing music, Idol continues to play tour dates to enormous crowds and, while there has been no announcement as to a new album, Billy has been playing new songs on his concert schedules. There's a strong possibility that these songs will make their way into Billy Idol's setlist on the few upcoming tour dates in 2011, giving fans just a taste of what the rock legend has planned for the future.
William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, was involved with the punk movement in London from a young age. In the mid 70s, he became a part of a group of Sex Pistols followers known as the Bromley Contingent, most of which would go on to revolutionize punk in their own right. One of those followers was Siouxsie Sioux, whom he briefly joined musically in an early incarnation of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Idol then joined the band Chelsea, but soon quit with bandmates John Towe and Tony James to form Generation X. The band was the first to play a tour date at The Roxy and recorded three successful records before disbanding because of creative differences.
Billy Idol used the Generation X song, "Dancing with Myself", on his debut solo EP, Don't Stop, after traveling to the US to begin his solo career. The single, along with a cover of "Mony Mony" became instant hits; Idol continues to feature these songs on tour dates to this day. Billy Idol's first and second solo LPs -- Billy Idol (1982) and Rebel Yell (1983) -- received acclaim thanks to hit singles like "White Wedding", "Hot in the City", "Rebel Yell", and "Eyes Without a Face." Idol's popularity spread even further thanks to music videos for the singles that experienced heavy rotation on MTV. Idol's third solo album, Whiplash Smile also did very well and was supported by the singles "To Be a Lover" and "Sweet Sixteen." 1990's Charmed Life was a hit record supported by the single "Cradle of Love", the music video for which won an MTV Video Music Award. That same year, one of Idol's tour dates included a performance at Roger Waters' The Wall Live in Berlin.
Idol's career stalled in 90s as 80s stars were being pushed to the background. In 2005, his career was revived with the release of Devil's Playground, which featured a few covers and a slew of new hit music. While Billy Idol hasn't released much new material in recent years, he continues to feature popular concert schedules, including tour dates in 2011. Beginning on October 12, Idol will play a number of concert dates in California, ending on October 21 in Santa Ynez. Fans of Billy Idol should seize this opportunity to catch 2011 tour dates for this punk rock legend in his 35th year as a music icon.