'Let's turn this shit up until it blows the fuck up,' Josh Homme tells the crowd at London's Rough Trade East

Queens Of The Stone Age invited fans to pick their setlist at a tiny record store show in London last night (June 11).

Josh Homme’s desert rockers hit the UK for an intimate gig at London’s Rough Trade East in front of fewer than 200 people. They treated the crowd to a cluster of classics alongside highlights from new record ‘…Like Clockwork’, which is currently enjoying the band’s highest ever UK chart placing at Number Two.

The band hit the stage just after 10pm, introduced by The IT Crowd star Matt Berry, who said: “It gives me enormous pleasure and a hard-on like a hammer to introduce to you, some very good friends of mine and I’m sure yours as well, the Queens Of The Stone Age!”

A shaven-headed Josh Homme declared: “Goddamn it, how the fuck are you, London? You look fucking fantastic,” before powering into ‘My God Is The Sun’. Cranking up the volume to way beyond the regular levels of an in-store gig, he then quipped: “Let’s turn this shit up until it blows the fuck up.”

But after playing “a little dance number” called ‘Monsters In The Parasol’ from the ‘Rated R’ album, Homme quickly threw away the rulebook and took requests shrieked by audience members from the record store’s aisles, throwing down classics like ‘Go With The Flow’ at the crowd’s whim.

Other tracks from the new album played by Queens Of The Stone Age were ‘Smooth Sailing’, ‘I Stood By The Ocean’ and a closing ‘I Appear Missing’, which rounded off the set without any encore. Despite repeated demands from the crowd for more, Homme said: “If we play ’em all you’ll never want us to come back!”

Queens Of The Stone Age played:

‘My God Is The Sun’
‘Monsters In The Parasol’
‘Make It Witchu’
‘Smooth Sailing’
‘Go With The Flow’
‘Burn The Witch’
‘I Stood By The Ocean’
‘I Appear Missing’

The band will today (June 12) head to Europe before returning to the UK this weekend for Download Festival.