After kicking off their Australia tour in Darwin on Sunday, Queens Of The Stone Age made their way to Sydney this week, spending Tuesday night at Frankies Pizza performing a DJ set with a mixed-up mash of classic punk and modern rock, ahead of their sold out show at Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday, July 19th.
Hobbling onto the stage, supported by a walking cane (due to a shonky knee), frontman, Josh Homme, tossed his cigarette aside and threw the cane into the unsuspecting crowd before limping toward the mic and launching into "Turnin' on the Screw" from 2007's Era Vulgaris, closely followed up a track from 2000's Rated R, "Monsters in the Parasol".
While he was clearly in pain at times during the night, Homme fought through as the true rock showman he is. Combing his hair back in a poised rockabilly stance, he questioned the crowd: "are you ready?”
With new album Villains due August 25th, the packed Hordern Pavilion were treated to a selection of new songs ("The Evil Has Landed" and the album's lead single, "The Way You Used To"), alongside a selection of oldies, including set-closer "No One Knows", "Sick, Sick, Sick" and "A Feel Good Hit For The Summer", which received raucous crowd participation with the appropriate inserted interlude of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab". Despite just a one-song encore of "A Song For The Dead", undoubtedly leaving fans yearning for more, the night concluded exactly as it started: rockin'.
All photos by Carl Neumann.
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