Queens Of The Stone Age are enjoying the best of both concert worlds this fall while playing arenas with Nine Inch Nails as well as "renegade" shows of their own in unusual venues.

Queens Of The Stone Age are enjoying the best of both concert worlds this fall while playing arenas with Nine Inch Nails as well as "renegade" shows of their own in unusual venues. The next such gig is set for Wednesday (Nov. 9) at Boston's Newbury Comics; the QOTSA/NIN tour continues through Nov. 20 in San Diego.

QOTSA frontman Josh Homme admits to Billboard.com the arena run presents interesting psychological challenges. "The idea of going to a locker room for a dressing room every night is sort of brown," he says. "The idea of playing to a lot of people that have heard of us but not heard us is a challenge, but that's not such a bad thing. I've enjoyed it."

"I think the audience doesn't understand how closely related the two bands are, because we both are seeking to do our own thing," he continues. "That means we have more in common than someone that sounds like Four Inch Nails."

The shows have also given Homme ample opportunity to observe NIN guitarist Aaron North, who he calls "my favorite guitar player. He and Trent [Reznor] bang off of each other without seeing the other one is coming, so there's a certain brutality to it. That's what I like. There's not a fake bone in this touring body."

But the fun really begins at the "renegade shows," which have so far found QOTSA playing a bookstore in Portland, Ore., Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas, and an Army/Navy surplus outlet in Chicago.

"The one in Chicago, we were setting up the PA ourselves when everyone came in," Homme says. "It was like playing at your friend's house. The one in Austin was strange because I felt really ill. We showed up and people had been waiting inside Waterloo for an hour, and there was nothing set up at all. We had to set up in front of them watching. There was a drunk, 16-year-old girl there who tried to heckle and I had to destroy her with my telekinetic powers."

Beyond the Nov. 22 release of the Interscope live CD/DVD "Over the Years and Through the Woods," what's ahead for QOTSA is still taking shape. "Our single, 'Burn the Witch,' just came out, so I'm sure Queens will do some more stuff," Homme says. "We haven't really done our own headlining tour."

Also in the pipeline is the next installment of Homme's all-star Desert Sessions recordings ("sometime between here and the end of February," he says) and the next album from his side band Eagles Of Death Metal, "Death by Sexy" ("I might do some touring there too," he offers).

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