Queens Of The Stone Age Rock The Roundhouse
REVIEW: Josh Homme & Co shake Camden venue at this year's iTunes Festival...
Queens Of The Stone Age proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they dominated the stage on Friday night at the Roundhouse in Camden as part of the 2013 iTunes Festival.
Lambeth lads Palma Violets played a great set and had the crowd warmed up and in a great mood for the evening's headliners.
Feeling: By the time QOTSA came on, the venue was close to capacity and it seemed like there were many long term fans ready to hear one of their favourite bands. Even those new to the band had a hard time resisting their momentous energy, and were soon joining in with everyone else by singing along and leaping into the mosh pit that formed at the front.
The Look: After a week which featured performances from fashion icons such as Lady Gaga and the always nicely dressed Eliza Doolittle, Queens Of The Stone Age brought their no-nonsense dressed-down jeans and shirts approach to the Camden stage. The band know their fans are after some heavy rock, so unfortunatly there were no costume changes, see-through outfits or twerking at this performance.
Tunes: QOTSA started off with recent single My God Is the Sun, which had instant appreciation from the iTunes crowd. Other fan favourites No One Knows and Millionaire intensified the energetic atmosphere and then the band slowed things down with Kalopsia, a new track written with Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor that lead singer Josh jokingly referred to as "a love song". The crowd joined in singing Make It Wit Chu and the band finished off the set with more powerful tracks such as Sick, Sick, Sick and Go with the Flow.
As well as their established rock anthems, the band played six songs from their new album ...Like Clockwork which got a great reaction from the crowd. By the last few songs, the audience had been totally won over with their dancing resembelling a huge riot.
Banter: Frontman Homme joked that the audience may have been hoping to win Katy Perry tickets instead. Josh then encouraged the whole crowd to sing Happy Birthday to his keyboard player Dean Fertita.
Sweat Factor: The crowd were already well warmed up when QOTSA took to the stage, and by the end of the encore it felt like the roof was going to lift off the Roundhouse. The floor got drenched with beer and sweat, whilst some adventourous members of the audience crowd-surfed across a sea of rowdy fans.
Summary: Everyone left with a massive smile on their face and slightly sore eardrums, which is what they'd come for! QOTSA showed they could still deliver a rip-roaring set of songs and they're definitely a massively entertaining band. If you couldn't get iTunes tickets this time around, make sure you try and check them out the next time they're in your area.
Queens of the Stone Age setlist:
My God Is the Sun
You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
No One Knows
Burn the Witch
In the Fade
If I Had a Tail
Make It Wit Chu
I Sat by the Ocean
Sick, Sick, Sick
Go with the Flow
A Song for the Dead (preceded by Happy Birthday to Dean)
By Chris Phillips & Derik Kenworthy