Queens of the Stone Age
On 20 November 1997, the “American rock band born in the desert” Queens of the Stone Age gave its first-ever concert at the OK Hotel in Seattle. This alternative supergroup initially had a flexible line-up that featured members of legendary groups such as Dinosaur Jr., Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Soundgarden. Almost a quarter of a century later, QOTSA has become a solid fixture, with lead vocalist Josh Homme at its core. The group made its worldwide breakthrough in 2002 with “Songs for the Deaf”, which included the hits “No One Knows” and “Go with the Flow”. It is considered to be one of the best albums of the 21st century. The bar and the tempo both remain high. Homme keeps things fresh with (sometimes surprising) guest appearances. For example, Elton John contributed to “…Like Clockwork” (2013), while “Villains” (2018) was produced by Mark Ronson, the creator of “Uptown Funk”. “Queens of the Stone Age grips Rock Werchter with its magnificent set,” stated the headline of Het Nieuwsblad after the show at Rock Werchter 2018. Who will be the first to shout “The evil has landed!” next summer?