Queens of the Stone Age Cancel European Dates After Lead Singer Suffers Medical Emergency

Queens of the Stone Age medical emergency
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Queens of the Stone Age have canceled their remaining European tour dates after the lead singer experienced a medical emergency.

The band announced the news via social media today, stating that singer Josh Homme needed emergency surgery in the United States. “QOTSA regret to announce that Josh Homme must return to the United States immediately for emergency surgery. Every effort was made to push through and play for you, but it is no longer an option to continue,” the statement reads.

The group expressed its disappointment in having to make the announcement. “Queens are gutted we aren’t able to play for you. We apologize for any inconvenience and share in your frustration and disappointment.” Ticket holders for festival dates can visit the specific festival website for more information. Ticket holders for headline shows will be contacted directly from the point of purchase for refund information.

Canceled dates include those in France, Greece, Germany, and several festivals where the band was part of a bigger performance. Homme revealed he was diagnosed with cancer in 2022, confirming a successful surgery to remove the cancer. The band did not state this incident is related to the cancer diagnosis and Homme has not revealed the type of cancer when speaking of his diagnosis.

The next scheduled performance after these canceled dates is an appearance on August 8 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band is slated to return to the United States on September 27 and will perform in Boston, playing two consecutive nights at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway.

Queens of the Stone Age — Cancelled European Tour Dates


  • 10 | Fesitval Jardin Sonare — Vitrolles, FR
  • 13 | Pohoda Festival — Trencin, SK
  • 16 | Zitadelle Spandau — Berlin, DE
  • 17 | Colours of Ostrava — Ostrava, CZ
  • 18 | METAstadt — Vienna, AS
  • 20 | Electric Castle Festival — Cluj, RO
  • 23 | SRC Salata — Zagreb, HR
  • 24 | SRC Salata — Zagreb, HR
  • 27 | Athens Rocks — Athens, GR