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Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Smooth Sailing’ Clip Captures a Rough Night

Frontman Josh Homme takes some businessmen for a wild night out on the town

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme gets crazy with a group of Asian businessmen in the video for the . . . Like Clockwork track “Smooth Sailing.” With shots flowing, the sleek-haired, redheaded rocker guides a merry band of misfits as they pretend umbrellas are machine guns and generally act drunk and douchey in a mall. On the lighter side of the video’s plot, they all share some bromance over some karaoke – which, of course, is for the song “Smooth Sailing.” At its darkest, the clip finds one of the businessmen letting a little too loose, as he begins hallucinating and uses a golf club in a manner unbefitting of the PGA.

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The video projects a sort of deep-seated, displaced anger – a quality that’s no stranger to Homme, who derided both the Grammys and Grammy winners Imagine Dragons at a concert in February. In January, the Grammys had cut short Queens’ end-of-show collaboration with Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham. “You know, fuck everything, fuck the man, fuck Imagine Dragons, fuck the Grammys, fuck all this shit,” he said at the February concert. “We’re supposed to be here with you, we ain’t supposed to be, like with some, like the band’s dick in our hands. Although there ain’t nothing wrong with it.”

Homme later backtracked on his rant saying he was “really drunk” at the time.  “I got misunderstood for something I said when I was reacting to someone in the audience recently,” Homme said and then called the whole thing “not that big of a deal.”

Meanwhile, Homme expects Queens of the Stone Age will “absolutely” reenter the studio sometime in the near future. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said, “We have more than enough songs. We’re booked ’til September, but after that we plan to jump in the studio and get going.”

But soon remains relative as Queens of the Stone Age have a busy few months of touring ahead of them. Here are their current dates:

4/10 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
4/12 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/15 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
4/17 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
4/19 Indio, CA – Coachella
5/5 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
5/6 St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
5/7 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
5/9 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
5/10 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
5/11 Boone, IA – Central Iowa Expo
5/13 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
5/14 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
5/16 – 5/18 Gulf Shore, AL – Hangout Music Fest
5/23 – 5/25 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
7/9 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
7/12 Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
7/16 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
7/20 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at The Mann Center

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