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Queens Of The Stone Age promise to make MTV VMA venue a 'twerk free zone'

Band will play at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in December

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Queens Of The Stone Age have promised that their gig at the Barclays Center in New York this December will be a "twerk-free zone".

Miley Cyrus made headlines at the venue on Sunday (August 25) when she twerked onstage with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMA ceremony. With Josh Homme and his bandmates set to headline the Brooklyn arena on December 14, they have issued a press release promising to return guitars to the venue following the pop star and her dance moves.

The press release reads: "On December 14 Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center will be designated as a (relatively) twerk-free-zone as QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will play its debut headline engagement at the arena, restricting teddy bears to the merch table and returning guitars, drums and other such live instruments to the Barclays stage."

MTV has been criticised by America's Parents Television Council (PTC) for broadcasting Cyrus's provocative performance at the VMAs. During a medley of her recent Number One hit 'We Can't Stop' and Robin Thicke's singles 'Blurred Lines' and 'Give It 2 U', the singer stripped down to a flesh-coloured bikini and was seen pointing at Thicke's crotch with a foam finger before "twerking" provocatively against the front of Thicke's striped trousers.

Meanwhile, Queens Of The Stone Age will return to the UK in September to perform as part of the iTunes Festival. The festival will see artists perform on every night throughout September with Josh Homme and the band playing on September 6.

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