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story Queens of the Stone Age 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 4 Stir Cove, Harrah's Casino, Council Bluffs Tickets: $42 Ticketmaster.com 800-745-3000 G et ready – and equally important, get set – to rock your butt off on Sunday, August 4, when Queens of the Stone Age play Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs. The band – based around singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Homme – has been one of the most interesting and critically acclaimed hard rock bands of the 2000s, and continues to gain fans and as we chug through the 2010s. QOTSA is one of those bands that you must see perform live at least once in your life. It's imperative for any rock fan! Uncompromising Rock Queens of the Stone Age bring summer tour to Stir Cove As Rolling Stone says, Queens of the Stone Age's eclectic approach to rock has produced "arty, blues-based albums that wandered stylistically from gentle acoustic songs and Delta blues stomps to Black Sabbath-like metal and the thick, sludgy garage rock characteristic of early-'90s grunge bands. "When pioneering stoner-rock band Kyuss (led by Homme) broke up after its 1995 album ...And the Circus Leaves Town, Homme moved to Seattle to be the Screaming Trees' touring guitarist. Within a year Homme formed the grunge-metal supergroup Gamma Ray along with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, Screaming Trees bassist Van Conner and Monster Magnet guitarist John McBain. He changed the band's name to Queens of the Stone Age when a German metal band of the same name threatened to sue. For Queens' 1998 self-titled debut album, Homme recruited his old Kyuss band mate, drummer Alfredo Hernández, as well as Kyuss producer and Masters of Reality singer/guitarist Chris Goss and guitarist Dave Catching. The album didn't attract much mainstream attention but led to a deal with Interscope Records." Throughout its career Queens of the Stone Age has been described as hard rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, psychedelic rock and even stoner rock, which Homme says is off. "If I had a choice, I would take that away. Stoner rock, to me, is like saying the crucial element is drugs. And I don't believe that that's the case. I'm not an AA guy or anything, but at the same time I don't need any of that to make music," Home told Jam! Meanwhile, in related news, if you act now, you'll receive not one – but two! – copies of Queens of the Stone Age's new USB version of ...Like Clockwork for the low-low price of $29.99! According to Ricky Chism (played by Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen), you not only receive the album, but you also get high resolution photos, original artwork, music videos, lyric sheets and 8 gigs of storage space. The kicker? The USB is also a bottle opener! Whether or not the offer is a joke or real (the USB, shown at right, is "temporarily unavailable" at your-usb.com) doesn't take away from the hilarious video that Armisen made to pitch the product. You can watch the full video on YouTube. Good stuff. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show at Stir on Sunday are $42 and are available at ticketmass! ter.com (800-745-3000). S h o u t o m a h a . c o m • s h o u t ! w e e k ly • a u g u s t 1 - 7 , 2 0 1 3 9

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