No more cryptic clues from Queens of the Stone Age on their new album, Villains. The band has just announced an Aug. 25 release for the record along with North American tour dates with Royal Blood.

We’ve finally got all the info for Villains, which will be QOTSA’s follow-up to the phenomenal 2013 album, …Like Clockwork. After hundreds of shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, a one-year long detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens are ready to bring it back for their seventh studio album. “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question 'what do we sound like now?' If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop—but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound,” says frontman Josh Homme.

“The title Villains isn’t a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that s—t,” Homme adds. “It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go."

Villains was produced by Mark Ronson (Paul McCartney, Adele) who is a massive QOTSA fan. "Queens are and have always been my favorite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought Rated R in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clan—or the ‘jacuzzi’ as Josh likes to call it,” says Ronson. “I also knew that my super fandom alone would not keep me in the jacuzzi. There were moments during the making of the album in which I was aware I was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my favorite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream --a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.”

Beginning Sept. 6, Queens will hit the road with Royal Blood, starting in Port Chester, N.Y. After rounding the East Coast and the North, QOTSA will finish the tour back in New York, this time at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fans can now pre-order Villains on vinyl, CD and digitally. With each pre-order, fans will receive an instant download of “The Way You Used to Do,” which you can listen to above. Check out the track listing for Villains below along with QOTSA’s full North American tour routing.

Queens of the Stone Age, Villains Album Artwork


Queens of the Stone Age, Villains Track Listing:

1. Feet Don’t Fail Me
2. The Way You Used to Do
3. Domesticated Animals
4. Fortress
5. Head Like a Haunted House
6. Un-Reborn Again
7. Hideaway
8. The Evil Has Landed
9. Villains of Circumstance

Queens of the Stone Age 2017 North American Tour Dates:

06/22 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. -- Rapids Theater
06/24 — Montebello, Quebec -- Amnesia Rockfest 2017
08/10 – Ventura, Calif. -- Majestic Ventura Theater
08/12 – San Francisco, Calif. -- Outside Lands

With Royal Blood:

09/06 – Port Chester, N.Y. -- Capitol Theatre
09/07 – Philadelphia, Pa. -- Festival Pier
09/09 – Toronto, Ontario --  Budweiser Stage
09/10 – Grand Rapids, Mich. -- 20 Monroe Live
09/12 – Columbus, Ohio -- Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion
09/13 – Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Stage AE (Outdoors)
09/15 – Cleveland, Ohio -- Agora Theater
09/16 – Chicago, Ill. -- Riot Fest
10/09 – Salt Lake City, Utah -- The Complex
10/10 – Morrison, Colo. -- Red Rocks
10/12 – St. Louis, Mo. -- Peabody
10/13 – Kansas City, Mo. -- Crossroads KC
10/14 – Saint Paul, Minn. -- Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10/15 – Milwaukee, Wis. -- Eagles Ballroom
10/17 – Detroit, Mich. -- Fox Theatre
10/18 – Indianapolis, Ind. -- Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
10/20 – Washington, D.C. -- TBC
10/21 – Boston, Mass. -- Agganis Arena
10/22 – Portland, Maine -- State Theatre
10/24 – New York, N.Y. -- Madison Square Garden

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