Sometimes I forget just how awesome Queens of the Stone Age are!
After releasing a “deluxe edition” of the band’s second studio album, Rated R, in 2010, Josh Homme stated that the band would re-release its debut, Queens of the Stone Age. On January 11, 2011, initial distributors, Ipecac, announced that the re-release has been postponed on their official Twitter page. On January 13, Domino Records subsequently took over re-issue duties after a deal with Joshua Homme’s Rekords Rekords label.
In February 2011, Homme stated that the reasons for its reissue was because the album: “was impossible to get. It’d been outta’ print for so long. I’m not very nostalgic by nature so it wasn’t like ‘Guys, remember the days,’ it was more like in the internet age this record should be able to get got, you know? […] I’m just glad that it’s not like some bad haircut when I listen to it. I’ve listened to it and I love that record and it’s been really fun to try and put myself back in that head-space where I was just obsessed with trying to trance out on guitar.”
The current line-up of the band (Homme, Van Leeuwen, Castillo, Shuman & Fertita) have scheduled a tour in support of the album’s reissue. Homme states that the inspiration for the tour comes from the band, Cheap Trick: “They were doing shows where they were playing their first three records, three nights in a row, and so we started talking […] what if we just focused on the first record? I dunno’ if that means we’re going to play it exactly start-to-finish; we haven’t really decided. It’s kind of a cool idea.”
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