Queens of the Stone Age forced to cancel tour due to frontman Josh Homme’s health issues

Queens of the Stone Age have announced the cancellation of their European dates on The End Is Nero tour in July due to Josh Homme’s health concerns.

On Instagram, the band shared updates on their tour dates at various venues in Europe as frontman Josh Homme had to rush back to the US for emergency surgery.

“We have made every effort to continue and play for you, but now there is no other option to continue,” the announcement read, adding, “Ticket holders for the festival, please visit the specific festival website for updates. Ticket holders for the main shows will be contacted directly from the point of purchase with further information.”

Cancelled shows include Queens of the Stone Age stops at Festival Jardin Sonore in Vitrolles, Festival Pohoda in Trencin, Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin, Colors of Ostrava in Ostrava, METAstadt in Vienna, Electric Castle Festival in Cluj, SRC Salata in Zagreb and Athens Rocks in Athens.

The caption also read, “Queens are saddened to not be able to play for you. We apologise for any inconvenience and share your disappointment and frustration.”

Queens of the Stone Age also canceled their performance at the AMA Festival days before the announcement, revealing that their decision was due to illness.

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The band did not specify what happened to Homme, but the singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2022.

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Speaking to Revolver, he learned about his health issues after he and Brody Dalle divorced after 14 years of marriage, a condition that ultimately affected the creation of Queens of the Stone Age’s new record at the time.

“I think this is the first time I didn’t want to make a record, but I was dealing with a lot of things in my personal life,” he said. “We recorded a lot of stuff. I think I did it because when I’m in trouble, this is what I do. This is where I go to get it out.”

According to Homme, the cancer has been the “cherry on top” of an exciting period in his life. Despite the battle, he expressed gratitude to everyone who has been there for him. He also underwent successful surgery to remove the affected part, which he did not disclose.

It is not yet known whether the surgery was related to his cancer diagnosis.

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