Josh Homme performs "Villains of Circumstance" on Later... with Jools Holland alongside a string quartet. 

Josh Homme performs "Villains of Circumstance" on Later... with Jools Holland alongside a string quartet. 

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Queens of the Stone Age have provided a little boost to the world of commercial rock music by returning with their seventh studio album back in August with Villians. Led by their jack of all trades frontman and principal songwriter in Josh Homme, the band set off on a North American fall tour back on Sept. 6, but are currently over in the U.K. doing some promotion for the new album. As part of their overseas press run, Homme and guitarist Dean Fertita stopped by the BBC music television show "Later... with Jools Holland" on Tuesday, to perform the album’s ending ballad “Villains of Circumstance” in an unplugged, more relaxed fashion.

As seen in the video below, Homme is joined backed simply by a piano and a string quartet. The stripped down version of their six-minute power ballad forces Homme to really rely on a much more organic vocal performance, which the rock singer handles with impressive melodic precision. Homme may be the farthest thing from a trained classical singer, but the rock vocalist delivers a fantastic version of the new track without overstepping his range or abilities, and doing so without the insurance of a loud band or screaming audience. Well done sir.

Queens of the Stone Age will return to the U.S. to continue their North American run starting on Oct. 9 at Salt Lake City’s The Great Saltair. Notable upcoming stops on their tour include Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Tickets for select shows on the upcoming fall run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.