(RADIO.COM) – Queens of the Stone Age have released their new single, "The Way You Used To Do" from their album VILLIANS, due August 25. And, the album was produced by none other than Mark Ronson, most widely known for his work with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Adele as well his lengthy DJ career.
Less than 24 hours before the song's release, QOTSA released a promo video with frontman Josh Homme forced to endure a polygraph test while hilariously announcing the album's title and first single.
Homme explained Ronson's appointment as producer during an interview this morning with KROQ's Kevin & Bean, saying that "Even though it's more difficult, I love the process of making a record the most. It's where you actualize the sounds in your head. I feel like I'm chasing break lights and dust my whole life and it's where you almost feel like you catch up to this thing finally... and it's fun to share it."
"You know, Ronson is really funny," he continued. "He's very articulate, he's very honest, and he kinda keeps things on task. The whip only cracks at one end so he sort of kept it moving. And, you kind of agree to go spelunking together. You repel down into this cavern and try to find something. I really do look at it like picking the right partner that you enjoy their company so that when you run into trouble you can sort of laugh and say, 'oh, whatever.'"
Homme also shed light on the album's title. "The title Villains isn't a political statement. It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that s---. It's simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened… Everyone needs someone or something to rail against—their villain—same as it ever was. You can't control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go."
QOTSA have also revealed their VILLAINS North American Tour with Special Guests Royal Blood.
June 22 — Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
June 24 — Montebello, QC @ Amnesia Rockfest 2017
August 10 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
August 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
September 6 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
September 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
September 9 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
September 10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
September 12 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion
September 13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Outdoors)
September 15 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
September 16 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
October 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
October 10 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
October 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
October 14 – Saint Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
October 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
October 17 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
October 18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
October 20 – Washington, DC @ TBC
October 21 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
October 22 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Tickets go on sale June 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time via LiveNation.
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