Recent SPIN cover stars Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age have already shared U.S. festival billings (Lollapalooza 2013, Made in America Festival 2013). NIN main brain Trent Reznor also appeared, somewhere, on QOTSA's new album ...Like Clockwork. Now these twin titans of sleek heaviness have joined forces for a proper co-headlining tour ... in Australia and New Zealand.
Oh, Antipodeans, rejoice! Reznor's Hesitation Marks crew, which recently added top-tier backing vocalists to its touring lineup, will be sharing the stage with Josh Homme and co. for an eight-date stint. They'll start in Sydney on March 6, 2014, and wrap up in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 22. Which band goes first each night will depend on a coin toss. It'll be great.
Those of us back in the northern hemisphere will have to make do with, oh the humanity, seeing the two bands separately. NIN's Tension 2013 tour is underway. QOTSA are in the midst of their own North American tour, with gigs at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit. And there's a bit of hopeful history of acts playing hotly anticipated gigs on other continents only to return to U.S. shores: Atoms for Peace announced a few Eastern European gigs before revealing their eventual tour proper. But for now American rock fans will have to be jealous of their friends Down Under.
Find more details on the Australia-New Zealand tour at Nine Inch Nails' website.