2022 is a special year for Queens of the Stone Age, because a quarter of a century ago, on 20 November 1997, the band played its first gig in a hotel in Seattle. They formed as an alternative super group, with band members from Kyuss, Dinosaur Jr, Monster Magnet and Soundgarden, but fast-forward fifteen years and QOTSA are one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, with Josh Homme its only original and permanent member. That said, the current line-up goes back a decade or so. The band broke onto the world stage with ‘Songs for the Deaf’ (2002), considered by many as one of the best albums of the 21st century. The singles ‘No One Knows’ and ‘Go with the Flow’ are huge hits. The band sets the bar high, and Homme likes to keep things fresh with some great and at times surprising guests. Elton John features on ‘… Like Clockwork’ (2013) and ‘Villains’ (2018) was produced by Mark Ronson, who made his name with ‘Uptown Funk!’ and ‘Valerie’, and gets the Queens to put on their dancing shoes. We will be welcoming them to Werchter for the eighth time, putting them on a par with Metallica.