The shows will mark QOTSA's second trip down under in less than a year, following the group's January 2003 appearances at the annual Big Day Out festival.

As tipped here in July, Queens Of The Stone Age will tour Australia early next year with the Distillers in tow. The trek begins Jan. 2 in Brisbane and wraps Jan. 10 in Perth; the two bands begin a North American run Sept. 28 in Montreal. The shows will mark QOTSA's second trip down under in less than a year, following the group's January 2003 appearances at the annual Big Day Out festival.

QOTSA remains on the road in support of its second Interscope album, "Songs for the Deaf," which has sold 819,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although bassist Nick Oliveri recently told Billboard.com the group would likely return to the studio in February, guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme said last week QOTSA is in no hurry to make its next move.

One reason: both artists are deluged with side project work, despite the fact that QOTSA has North American dates lined up through Nov. 2 in New Orleans, and has three shows left on a stint opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "I enjoy opening for the Chili Peppers but I'm done opening up," Homme admitted.

"We'll hit the studio as soon as I re-learn to appreciate it," he continued. "Whenever that is, you know? I want to love this and I'm a little burnt on it. I'm not appreciating it and I think that's a really bad attitude, personally."

"Go With the Flow," the latest single from "Deaf," is No. 39 this week on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. Homme said the group is considering a DVD release to help give the album one final push. "We have all this footage and we're trying to figure out if we should put out a DVD. It's not for certain but I hope it is coming."

Before the year is out, Homme (on drums) will tour with Jesse "The Devil" Hughes in their side project the Eagles Of Death Metal, supporting Placebo. Oliveri will hit the road with his own band, Mondo Generator, beginning Nov. 6 in Phoenix.

Homme and Polly Jean Harvey also recently shot a video for "Crawl Home," drawn from the upcoming album "Desert Sessions Vol. 9 & 10," due Oct. 7 via Ipecac. Homme says select members of the lineup are planning to perform live on the U.K.'s "Later With Jools Holland" and NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" this fall.

As for the Distillers, the group will on Oct. 14 release its Warner Bros. debut, "Coral Fang." After its North American dates with QOTSA end Oct. 30 in Santa Barbara, Calif., the group will play two weeks of shows in Europe, beginning Nov. 11 in Glasgow.

Here are QOTSA/Distillers tour dates:

Jan. 2: Brisbane, Australia (Riverstage)
Jan. 3: Sydney (Hordern Pavilion)
Jan. 6: Melbourne (Festival Hall)
Jan. 8: Adelaide, Australia (Entertainment Centre)
Jan. 10: Perth, Australia (Belvoir Amphitheatre)

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