Queens of the Stone Age Are Touring Down Under in 2024 for the First Time Since 2018 — Including Playing Mona Foma

The Josh Homme-led band will play Perth Adelaide, Hobart, Torquay, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane — and Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, too.
Sarah Ward
October 24, 2023

They topped Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2002. They've featured Dave Grohl on drums. Their third studio album Songs for the Death is one of the all-time-great 00s records. They're Queens of the Stone Age, of course, and now they're bringing their latest tour Down Under in 2024, with the band heading our way for the first time in six years.

The Josh Homme-fronted group's The End Is Nero tour will be their first trip to Australasia since 2018, and comes after their eighth album In Times New Roman... released in June this year. Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita and Jon Theodore are giving their latest shows an apocalyptic theme, which fans can look forward to seeing at 11 stops in February and March.

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On the itinerary: kicking off the tour in Perth, then heading to Adelaide, Hobart, Torquay, Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane — plus Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The Hobart gig will take place on the Mona Lawns, with the date coinciding with Mona Foma 2024 — and yes, they're the Tasmanian fest's first act, with the rest of the event's lineup yet to be revealed.

Concertgoers can look forward to a setlist that steps through QOTSA's 27-year history, including their Hottest 100 winner 'No One Knows', plus everything from 'Go with the Flow' and 'Make It Wit Chu' to 'Emotion Sickness' and 'The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret'.

In support: Pond and Gut Health on most Australia shows, with The Chats, Spiderbait and Lola Scott joining them in Torquay and on the Gold Coast. In NZ, Pond and Earth Tongue will do the honours.

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Queens of the Stone Age formed in Seattle in 1996 after Homme's prior band Kyuss split up, is linked to the Palm Desert music scene and have seven Grammy nominations to their name. Despite the long gap since their last trip Down Under, they're no strangers to playing Australia, including a joint tour with Nine Inch Nails back in 2014.

See QOTSA in February after catching Foo Fighters on their November–December Australian and New Zealand tour and you'll have quite the 00s rock experience.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 'THE END IS NERO' AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2024:

Saturday, February 10 — Red Hill Auditorium, Perth
Tuesday, February 13 — The Drive, Adelaide
Friday, February 16 — Mona Lawns, Hobart
Sunday, February 18 — Lookout, Torquay Common, Torquay
Monday, February 19 — Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Wednesday, February 21 — Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Saturday, February 24 — Lookout, Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast
Sunday, February 25–Monday, February 26 — Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
Thursday, February 29 — Spark Arena, Auckland
Friday, March 1 — TSB Arena, Wellington
Sunday, March 3 — Wolfbrook Arena, Christchurch

Queens of the Stone Age are touring Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2024, with presales from 11am local time on Wednesday, October 25 and general ticket sales from 1pm local time on Monday, October 30 — head to the band's and ticketing websites for more information.

Top image: Raph_PH via Wikimedia Commons.

Published on October 24, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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