Queens of the Stone Age discuss the start of their mini tour of the United States in Boston

Last year, a few weeks before stone age queens have released their latest album, In Times New Roman…, they started the last day of Boston. Called for an early evening set that was both exciting and left us hungry for more. Now, after almost too long a wait, the desert rock legends return to town Saturday, September 28 at the MGM Music Hall in Fenway, as the final headlining dates for The End is Nero tour have been announced.

“We’re coming to Boston for a few weeks in the United States,” says QOTSA keyboardist/guitarist Dean Fertita Vanyaland during an exclusive interview last week. “Boston will be the first and for the record that was the second show of this whole tour, so it will be nice to do a real Boston show.”

The MGM Music Hall date will mark Queens’ first appearance in Boston since way back in 2017, when the group performed at Agganis Arena. Support will come The murders, who brought their God Games tour to Royale last February. The presale starts Tuesday (June 4) at 10 a.m. and the general presale starts next Friday (June 7) at 10 a.m.

The show comes one day before Queens of the Stone Age play the Soundside Music Festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut on September 29 and while they are in the midst of a seemingly endless series of festivities around the world. Starting this Friday, they’ll be performing at Rock am Ring in Germany, before appearing at Download Festival in the UK, France’s Hellfest, Greece’s Athensrocks Festival, Norway’s Oya Festival and more than 20 others throughout the summer.

Fertita says he’s looking forward to Boston, as well as the other three headlining dates during the fall run, which include stops in Cincinnati, Chicago and Madison, especially after hitting the festival circuit. One of the main reasons is to have the freedom to dig a little deeper into the band’s catalogue.

“I don’t want to say that we never thought about it too much or cared about it too much, because we always just wanted to play. us show – no matter what,” he says. “But I think we’ve experimented with that a little bit when we do these festival shows and kind of know what people want to hear and what they’re there for, and they’ve been outside all day, so you’re kind of aware when you’re doing a set writes. When we do our own shows, and we know people have been with us from the beginning, we can go deeper into the albums. Sometimes the weirder the better.”

Fans can expect the typical Queens of the Stone Age laid-back setlist and audibles to be conjured up depending on the crowd, the city and how the guys are feeling in general.

“Everything is a surprise for us on the day of the show,” says Fertita. “We move at that speed, like when things feel a little stale or something feels appropriate for the city we’re in or the audience we’re playing for, we change immediately. That idea of ​​always keeping things a little bit new for us and the people who come to the show… there’s nothing thought out, but we know we’re going to do something.’”

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Fertita is also part of the garage rock supergroup The Dead Weather, alongside Jack White, Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart and Jack Lawrence of The Greenhornes, and has been part of Queens of the Stone Age since 2007. He credits the latter’s tight but loose philosophy to how well this particular lineup gelled after about a decade together.

“It’s the best,” he says, noticeably glowing with pride. “I kind of think that’s part of the reason why we’re maybe playing better than ever before. There is such a thing as a concept. This particular lineup has been around for over 10 years now, so there is trust. Everyone can just do what he or she does and we can really listen to each other and anticipate what the other is going to do, a little better than five or ten years ago. I think it all has to do with that; that is where our strength lies.”

And for those who can’t wait until September to get a Queens of the Stone Age fix, the reissue of the outfit’s long-out-of-print, self-titled 1998 debut will hit vinyl later this month. Scheduled for release on June 21, the 2LP set includes three additional songs, “The Bronze,” “These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For” and “Spiders and Vinegaroons.” It can be purchased directly from the QOTSA store, Matador Records and local record stores everywhere.

The newly announced The end is Nero headline dates:
September 28: Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
October 1: Cincinnati, OH – Andrew J Brady Music Center
October 2: Chicago, IL – Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island
October 4: Madison, WI – Breese Stevens Field