Update 1/27/2016: Dates for the Post Pop Depression Tour have been announced, and they include a visit to New York City.
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme will visit New York City’s United Palace Theatre April 12, and they’ll also stop in Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto in the Northeast. As Pop posted on his Facebook page with the announcement, “This will be epic and you cannot miss it.”
North American pre-sales begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 28). Public on-sales begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan, 30.
The full tour:
Punk legend Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme secretly collaborated on an album of all-new material, titled Post Pop Depression, set for release March 18. The duo recruited Homme’s Queens bandmate and Dead Weather guitarist Dean Ferita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders to round out the lineup.
The first single from the album, “Gardenia,” was released last week and debuted on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It opens with a Johnny Marr-style echo and the unmistakable baritone of Pop crooning the opening lines, “Gardenia, where are you?” The equal contributions are readily apparent in the first single as characteristics of each of the members’ full-time bands combines to create something entirely new.
Homme, always on the go, has been working on new Queens of the Stone Age material and most recently appeared on his other main project Eagles of Death Metal’s album Zipper Down. Eagles of Death Metal became an unfortunate household name following the terrorist attack on the Paris club Bataclan during one of the band’s shows. Homme wasn’t with the band at the time and feels that his role in the aftermath was to help get his bandmates home safely.
Pop’s last outing was a 2013 album with The Stooges, Ready to Die. He was eager to record some new music and reached out to Homme via text to discuss the possibility of collaborating. Homme jumped at the opportunity.
In an interview with the New York Times, Homme mentioned Pop’s influence on him while on tour with Queens of the Stone Age. He had been listening to Pop’s The Idiot and Lust For Life, two of Pop’s David Bowie collaborations. Bowie passed on Jan. 10, creating an overwhelming response throughout the world’s music community.
Writing the recording within the confluence of Bowie’s death and the Bataclan incident created a sort of therapeutic environment for Homme and Pop. The album contains nine tracks and was recorded primarily at Homme’s Joshua Tree home studio where the musicians roomed together for a time.
Homme told the New York Times that the band will embark on a short tour in March, which will focus on small theaters. He said there won’t be any tickets and most people will not be able to catch the shows, “It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands.”
A second single from the forthcoming album was released Monday. “Break Into Your Heart” is a dirge type song that wouldn’t be out of place on a Tarantino soundtrack. Take a listen here:
Information on the upcoming release, a stream of the new single and any possible tour information will be on Iggy Pop’s website.