QOTSA say co-headlining Reading & Leeds with Paramore will push both bands to be better

The two bands share a headline slot at this year's festivals

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Queens Of The Stone Age say sharing the headline slot at Reading & Leeds with Paramore will push both bands to play even better.

The two US acts were last night (March 10) announced as the final headliners for this year's festivals, which take place on August's bank holiday weekend.

Speaking to NME, keyboard player/guitarist Dean Fertita said: "I think everybody’s competitive to a degree. It’s good competition. To have another band you can watch that inspires you to play even better just to try and one-up them is a good thing! It’s great for the audience and great for everybody."

He also drew a parallel between the Reading and Leeds co-headline slot and the band's current co-headline tour of Australia and New Zealand with Trent Reznor. "We’re doing a co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails in Australia at the moment and the idea here is that everybody gets to do an equal amount," said Fertita. "Tonight’s the first night and I’m really curious to see if the audience likes it as much as I think they’re going to. I would have loved it. We’re all friends, and I think that’s what you want."

Reading & Leeds organiser Melvin Benn told NME he was surprised that the bands agreed to co-headline.

"Both bands wanted to do it, but we didn’t know what to do," he said. "So, almost tongue in cheek, I said, Why don’t you both headline? I expected to get a response back from both camps that was basically two fingers up at me, but they were both into the idea."

Read the full interview with Dean Fertita in tomorrow's new issue of NME.

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