Alternative rock giants Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age have announced a co-headlining tour that will see both bands trek across Australia and New Zealand in 2014. With support from Australian punk rock songstress Brody Dalle, the tour kicks off on March 6, 2014 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia and wraps up on March 22 in Christchurch, New Zealand at the CBS Canterbury Arena. Fans are in for an adrenaline rush right from the start, as this is perhaps the truest CO-headlining tour ever. Each night after Brody Dalle, the band who plays next and the band who headlines will be decided by the flip of a coin. Nine Inch Nails are currently in the midst of their North American Tension Tour, and Queens of the Stone Age are on a massive European run.
Both NIИ and QOTSA are back in business after extended hiatuses. After a 6-year break, Queens of the Stone Age returned triumphantly with their new album, …Like Clockwork. Released on June 4, the disc debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Back in Labor Day Weekend, the band was one of the featured acts at the Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Fellow festival rockers were none other than Nine Inch Nails, who have been on hiatus for over 5 years. In the wake of their headlining performance on the final day of Made In America, the band release their new studio album, Hesitation Marks, on August 30. The disc, critically acclaimed as one of the band’s best efforts, debut at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. Aside from returning from long hiatus’s, these two bands have another thing in common – “Kalopsia” – the track off QOTSA’s …Like Clockwork on which NIИ frontman Trent Reznor lends his vocals. Made In America was also not the first time these two bands shared a stage. In 2005, Queens of the Stone Age supported Nine Inch Nails on their North American With Teeth Tour.
Nine Inch Nails are undoubtedly one of the greatest artists of all time. Pioneers of the industrial genre, they incorporated elements of rock, metal, electronica, and alternative rock to forge a style all their own. They shook the music world to it’s core in 1989 with their debut album, Pretty Hate Machine. The record was truly groundbreaking, and has since gone on to be certified multi-platinum. In 1994, NIИ set the bar once again with their sophomore effort, The Downward Spiral, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200. The disc went on to sell over 5 million copies, and be certified quadruple-platinum. It spawned NIИ’s finest moment, the single Closer. The band’s third album was a monster double disc outing titled The Fragile, released in 1999. The album saw NIИ expanding their trademark sound, and once again the band debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. From 2005-2008, the band released four more studio LP’s. Throughout their entire career, Nine Inch Nails were famous for their EPs, single releases, and remix albums. They have released approximately two-dozen since their inception. Every NIИ record is categorized with the word “Halo” followed by a number.
Queens of The Stone Age tapped Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to play drums on their sixth studio LP. The album is the long-awaited follow-up to 2007′s Era Vulgaris, on which Grohl did not play. The album still debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 52,000 copies in it’s first week of sales. Along with 2000′s Rated R, the band’s 2002 masterpiece Songs For The Deaf is one of the best albums of the decade, and the last time Grohl played with Queens of The Stone Age. The disc hit #17 on the Billboard Top 200, and went on to sell over 1 million copies. Throughout their career, Queens of the Stone Age have been nominated for the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy Award four times. Queens of The Stone Age are touring in support the new album, …Like Clockwork, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 back on June 4. – by Matt Bishop (Top Left Photo Courtesy of Baldur Bragson/Nine Inch Nails, Middle Right Photo Courtesy of Queens of the Stone Age)
|DATE||CITY||VENUE||PUBLIC TICKETS||NIN.COM PRE-SALE|
|03.06.2014||Sydney, Australia||Entertainment Centre||10.24 9:00am AEDT||10.16 2:00pm AEDT|
|03.08.2014||Newcastle, Australia||Entertainment Centre||10.24 9:00am AEDT||10.16 2:00pm AEDT|
|03.11.2014||Perth, Australia||Arena||10.24 9:00am AWST||10.16 2:00pm AWST|
|03.13.2014||Adelaide, Australia||AEC Arena||10.24 9:00am ACDT||10.16 2:00pm ACDT|
|03.14.2014||Melbourne, Australia||Rod Laver Arena||10.24 9:00am AEDT||10.16 2:00pm AEDT|
|03.17.2014||Brisbane, Australia||Entertainment Centre||10.24 9:00am AEST||10.15 2:00pm AEST|
|03.19.2014||Auckland, New Zealand||Vector Arena||10.24 9:00am NZDT||10.16 2:00pm NZDT|
|03.22.2014||Christchurch, New Zealand||CBS Canterbury Arena||10.24 9:00am NZDT||10.16 2:00pm NZDT|