Queens of the Stone Age cancel concerts weeks before returning to Portugal

Music The band will perform on August 21st, in Caminha, as the headliner for CA Vilar de Mouros.

The band will return to Portugal.

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Catherine Simoes

It had already happened with Pearl Jam, now it was the turn of Queens of the Stone Age to cancel concerts, weeks before they were due to return to Portugal. The North American band announced that they would not perform in Italy, in Romano d’Ezzelino, just a few hours before the start of the show, due to illness.

“QOTSA regret to inform you that we will be unable to perform at the AMA Festival due to illness,” the group wrote in a post shared on social media.

Josh Homme’s band will headline the show, with a performance scheduled for August 21 at CA Vilar de Mouros. Without giving further details about the reason for the cancellation, the group intends to continue its European tour, which will also take in Milan and several European festivals, such as Way Out West in Sweden and Lowlands in the Netherlands.

“A Song For The Deaf”, “Go With The Flow”, “The Lost Art Of Keeping a Secret” or “I Appear Missing” will certainly be some of the classics that will be part of the setlist of the North American band, which returns to Portugal after having performed in July last year at NOS Alive.

The concert at the Algés promenade in 2023 was part of the tour to present the album “In Times New Roman…” and marked the band’s return. The vocalist went through a difficult phase that forced the band to step away from the stage. Josh Homme was diagnosed with cancer that was removed “in time” thanks to surgery, lost several close friends (such as Mark Lanegan) and started a legal battle for custody of his children against his ex-wife. The case continues and has involved restraining orders and accusations of domestic violence.

In terms of health, this was not the first time he had come close to death. In 2010, a leg operation did not go as planned. Complications led to a heart attack and he was declared clinically dead. This episode inspired him to write “…Like Clockwork”, one of QOTSA’s most peaceful albums.

The band formed in Palm Desert, California (USA) in 1996, popularized the stoner rock genre that was not very well known until the 2000s. Since then, their career has always been a success.

CA Vila de Mouros returns to the village of Caminha between 21 and 24 August. The Minho festival promises to bring to the stage other names that once filled the audiences. Now, far from their golden days, they continue to prove that their music is timeless — and they hope to fill the venue. Daily tickets are on sale for €50 and general passes cost €125.

The debut of what is considered to be the first music festival in Portugal took place in 1971, and was nicknamed “Portuguese Woodstock by many”. The first edition featured names such as Elton John and Manfred Mann. The event only took a break between 2006 and 2014.