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Queens of the Stone Age announces Rapids Theatre concert

The Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) has been hyping up its latest show announcement as one of the biggest in the venue's history. They were not kidding.

Queens of the Stone Age, the long-running stoner-rockers out of the California desert, will be making a much-awaited return to the area at 8 p.m. June 22 during the always busy summer season at the Niagara Falls music venue.

Local fans have had to be very patient for a local Queens of the Stone Age show. The group's last stop in town was way back in 2003 on an acoustically challenged, co-headlining bill with the Smashing Pumpkins off-shoot Zwan in the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena while supporting the 2002 breakthrough album "Songs for the Deaf."

Save for a close-enough performance in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena in 2014, Buffalo fans have been waiting a long time for this show.

The band has been teasing the imminent release of a new album, it's first since 2013's "...Like Clockwork," throughout the spring, so expect a healthy dose of new material when band leader Josh Homme and crew take the stage.

Tickets are $39.50 in advance and go on sale at 10 a.m. June 2 (box office, Ticketfly or charge by phone at 877-435-9849).

- Read Jeff Miers' 2003 review of Queens of the Stone Age at UB

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