Queens Of The Stone Age were forced to cancel the remainder of their promo tour dates in Europe, as frontman Josh Homme has become seriously ill. A statement from the band’s management said: ““Queens Of The Stone Age were forced to halt their mini-tour on Tuesday, February 22nd after singer Josh Homme began coughing up blood in his Paris hotel room. What doctors in Amsterdam initially diagnosed as the flu was found to be a serious lung infection. This resulted in his immediate return to the United States.”
Coughing up blood is a mighty good reason to get your ass back home. The band also made the following statement on their official website: “We've toured with everything from broken ankles to bruised livers, but simply weren't prepared for this relentless attack of teeming bacteria. Our fans know that we ain't pussies and this is an obvious downer for everyone involved. All we really wanted to do was play our new tunes for everybody, and turn this "promo tour" into more of a party. So, for those of you with any unused tickets, hold on to them. We'll be back as soon as possible to make up these shows, and when we do, we'll have something special for all of you with an un-ripped ticket. We ain't in the habit of cancelling, and we don't forget."
Homme has a few weeks to recover before the band kicks off their US tour, starting with a performance in Austin at Stubb’s BBQ on March 15.