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LIVE: Queens Of The Stone Age – Perth, 12 Sep, 2018

| 18 September 2018 | Reply

LIVE: Queens Of The Stone Age – Perth, 12 Sep, 2018
RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia
With special guests CW Stoneking, The Chats
Reviewed by Kevin Curran
Photography by Stuart McKay

The newly named RAC Arena hosted the return of Queens of The Stone Age back to Perth in support of their latest record Villains, their latest trip of many to our isolated city going back the early days of the band.

Apologies to The Chats as I didn’t get to see their set in time, I however caught the tail end of CW Stoneking and I have to ask the question, was this a self-indulgent choice from Josh Homme? Being the main support for Queens is a huge opportunity for a band, and I don’t feel this was an appropriate choice in that role. No disrespect to CW Stoneking or his bluesy rockabilly style, but I would of liked to have seen a more suitable choice. Shit – we have plenty of great stoner rock bands in Australia that would have killed for that spot, but alas it was what it was.

After a short break QOTSA burst on the stage opening with Someone’s In The Wolf, which was executed so tightly. The stage had plenty of tall rubbery strobe things that the band kicked over all night – I could easily slide in a joke here about kicking and Josh Homme, but I will not. The band looked like they had a lot of fun with these things and it is certainly something I hadn’t seen before.

Previous Album Like Clockwork was represented with the catchy “If I had a tail” before going into Rated R’s Monster In Your Parasol, which sounded odd in respects to the recorded version, though I couldn’t put my finger on why it sounded so different to me. The same can be said of Do It Again, which was missing the higher range vocals at the end. Queens for me seemed to get better and better as the night progressed especially with Smooth Sailing, which seemed to kick everything into another gear.

Josh Homme was Mr Cool as he addressed the Perth audience, free and easy going with his cool charisma and he seemed to be clearly enjoying himself up there. The band was tight, with longtime guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and Homme’s guitar tones monstrous, producing such thick in your face guitar battery.

The end of the set was reserved for past singles with Make It Wit Chu , Little Sister and Go With The Flow, then encoring with the awesome A Song For The Dead, which highlighted the precision of the rhythm section.

Lots of newer material was showcased in this almost 2 hour set, and fans of the last two records would have been elated with the setlist for this gig. The first 2 records and Era Vulgaris got little to no highlight at all, and I cant help but feel Queens have better live songs than some they played tonight, but I know from watching Queens many times previously that they like to change it up. Don’t get me wrong: it was a good show… but with the right set list it could have been a great one.

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