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Josh Homme’s Surgery Forces Queens of the Stone Age to Cancel Tour

Queens of the Stone Age have announced the cancellation of their remaining July tour dates.

A post on the band’s social media accounts revealed that frontman Josh Homme “must return to the United States immediately for emergency surgery.” While the specific nature of his injury or ailment wasn’t disclosed, the band mentioned, “every effort was made to push through and play for you, but it is no longer an option to continue.”

The news impacts a lineup of eight planned European headlining shows and festival appearances, starting on July 10 in Vitrolles, France, and concluding on July 27 in Athens.

According to their website, Queens of the Stone Age’s next currently scheduled tour date is August 24 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band last performed on Saturday night in Milan, Italy, after canceling their appearance at the AMA Music Festival the night before due to an unspecified illness.

On July 2, Homme revealed that QOTSA would be the first band to perform inside the Catacombs of Paris. He said that the performance would take place in “a week’s time or so,” although no specific date was listed, and there has been no report confirming that the show took place.

Queens of the Stone Age are currently touring in support of their 2023 album, In Times New Roman… This is their first album since 2017’s Villains. Prior to the album’s release, Homme revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer in 2022 and successfully underwent surgery to have it removed.

Source: Various