Queens of the Stone Age cancel tour dates as singer Josh Homme is rushed to surgery

Queens of the Stone Age are cancelling tour dates due to a medical emergency for lead singer Josh Homme.

The band announced the shock news on their social media channels.

“QOTSA regret to announce that Josh Homme must return to the United States immediately for emergency surgery,” they announced.

“Every effort was made to push through and play for you, but it is no longer an option to continue.

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They confirmed the cancellation of eight shows on the European leg of their tour including dates in Berlin, Vienna and Athens.

The band are currently in Europe for their ‘The End Is Nero’ tour.

Fans have sent their well-wishes to Homme, 51, with thousands of comments shared on their Instagram page.


“Screw the gigs. Is Josh alright?” one concerned fan asked. This comment was ‘liked’ over 2000 times.

“Wishing Josh a full recovery. You guys have been playing for us non-stop all over the place and deserve a much needed break,” another said.

“Please look after yourselves and get well soon Josh! Sending much love your way.”

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One fan said: “Hopefully Josh isn’t going through anything life threatening. Anyone pissed off at this needs to recalculate their opinion.

“A healthy band will make and produce great music for longer! Hopefully Josh will recover sooner than later.”

“Thank you for performing in Milan!” another said.

“It’s clear that it was a gift you wanted to give to your fans despite your health not permitting it. Thank you and get well soon Josh!”

Homme has been battling cancer since 2022. The type of cancer has not been disclosed.

Homme told Revolver he underwent surgery to remove it.

In an interview with with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 in 2023, Homme spoke of his tumultuous past including his past drug use and said he’d been inspired to turn over a new leaf by his personal rockstar mentor Iggy Pop.

“For me it’s also about you don’t want to be the old druggie at a party,” Homme said.

He described his drug use, saying in the past he’d “taken enough drugs to kill a small boy.”

“I think Iggy has always been my inspiration,” he continued.

“And Iggy will have a few glasses of wine, and talking to Iggy about how he went from a junkie that was a pariah where people would say, ‘You can do whatever you want, but just don’t bring Iggy over here,’ to someone that really is such a celebrated, venerated monument that he is.”

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