QOTSA Surprised by '...Like Clockwork' Success: 'It's Weird'

artist: queens of the stone age date: 06/19/2013 category: general music news
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QOTSA Surprised by '...Like Clockwork' Success: 'It's Weird'
The fact that their latest studio effort "...Like Clockwork" managed to top the Billboard 200 chart caught Queens of the Stone Age by surprise, but it was by all means a good kind of startle. During a recent MTV interview, the band confessed that such a global success comes as a bit strange. "It's weird," said guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen prior to hitting the Download Festival Main Stage on Saturday (June 15). "I never thought any record that I ever did would ever be number one on any chart, so really it's a surprise, but it's a welcome surprise and makes you feel good." Bassist Michael 'Mikey Shoes' Shuman chipped in, saying, "It's my first record with the band so it feels a little unfair that I'm on the No. 1, but being a fan for a long time, coming from that side, it is well deserved. Josh [Homme] has been doing Queens since he was a wee lad and we are the best rock band out there right now." When it comes to recent rumors saying that legendary Quentin Tarantino might direct a QOTSA animated movie based on a series of "...Like Clockwork" music videos created by graphic designer Boneface, the bassist left plenty of room for more speculations and guessing as he politely refused to give any comment. "...Like Clockwork" dropped on June 4 via Matador Records as the sixth record in the QOTSA opus. With 91,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, it peaked at No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
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