July 19, 2007 23:08

Queens Of The Stone Age discuss Duluth tour

Troy Van Leeuwen hopes to reach a wider audience

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Queens Of The Stone Age are nearing the kick-off for their ‘Duluth’ tour of North America, which will see the band play in smaller cities and towns across the continent.

Speaking to NME.COM, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen revealed that the band wants to “get in touch with their audience” and visit cities they haven’t visited recently, or ever.

“If I were in one of those towns and I were a fan or not a fan of a band I would go see them anyway, because no many people go through there. It would be a special show” says Van Leeuwen.

And the guitarist revealed that the band are currently throwing around ideas for the follow-up to the recently released ‘Era Vulgaris’.

“Theres always something going on with us” he says. “Even though we just put out this record, we started it over a year ago and it’s been months since we finished the mixing. When the faucet is on full, you don’t want to stop it, you want to keep going, so there’s always material being toyed with.”

Van Leeuwen also says being on the road does not dry up the creative juices.

“I carry a modest recording rig with me, but most of the time it’s just an acoustic guitar in the back lounge of the bus, just jamming a little bit. The new material is in its infancy and there’s always a chance to record stuff, but once we get on the road we’ll figure out what that is. We’re still kicking off this tour and album so the focus will shift to the new material at some point.”

Having just returned from a tour of Europe where they were joined onstage at T in the Park by Mark Lanegan for their final show, Van Leeuwen is interested to see how US audiences will respond to the new material

“In Europe, people get us there first always. That’s kind of why we start off our tours there. Were curious to see how it goes in the States, hopefully it’s just as good.”

They band will play the following shows:

Costa Mesa, CA - OC Fair (July 22)
Chico, CA - Senator Theater (24)
Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater (25)
Boise, ID - The Big Easy (27)
Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater (28)
Billings, MT - Shire Auditorium (29)
Fargo, ND - Playmaker's (31)
Duluth, MN - DECC Arena (August 1)
Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room (4)
Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater (7)
Little Rock, AR - The Village (8)
Tulsa, OK - Cain's Bathroom (10)
Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom (11)
Dallas, TX – House of Blues (September 16)
Lake Buena Vista, FL– House of Blues (19)
Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (22)
Norfolk, VA – The Norva (25)

--By our New York staff.
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