The band were performing at The Forum in Inglewood, California, when Ronson joined them during an encore performance of ‘The Vampyre Of Time And Memory’, ‘Un-Reborn Again’, a cover of Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and the ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’ favourite ‘Broken Box’ – for the first time in 12 years.
Queens Of The Stone Age played:
If I Had a Tail
Monsters in the Parasol
My God Is the Sun
Feet Don’t Fail Me
The Way You Used to Do
You Can’t Quit Me Baby
No One Knows
The Evil Has Landed
I Sat by the Ocean
Burn the Witch
Make It Wit Chu
I Appear Missing
Villains of Circumstance
Go With the Flow
The Vampyre of Time and Memory (with Mark Ronson)
Broken Box (with Mark Ronson)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John cover with Mark Ronson)
Un-Reborn Again (with Mark Ronson)
A Song for the Dead
Ronson produced the band’s acclaimed 2017 album ‘Villains‘ – after frontman Josh Homme was inspired by his work on ‘Uptown Funk‘. Last year, Homme explained how he connected with Ronson while the pair both worked with Lady Gaga. Homme played guitar on ‘Perfect Illusion’, the lead single from Gaga’s most recent album ‘Joanne’.
“I’d met him a couple of late nights before that,” Homme explained. “Within an hour of working with him on this Lady Gaga stuff, the references – that glossary you use to talk about stuff and what was important to him, I realised there’s this grand overlap. Of interest and fascination and elation in making music.”
Homme then went on to explain how Ronson’s smash-hit single with Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’, influenced his decision: “I think one of the reasons was to act like a talisman as a reminder of listening to ‘Uptown Funk’. It’s very tight and vacuous. It sounds fucking great,” Homme said.
Last year, Homme made headlineswhen he kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Inglewood. On December 9, the frontman kicked a camera from the photographer’s hands, which then hit her in the face. Lauren later needed care in hospital.
In the immediate aftermath of the photographer incident, Homme released an apology video, admitting that he had been a “total dick” and saying that he had “to figure some stuff out”.
In his video, Homme said that the incident meant that he had “failed” at being “a good man”.
“I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that,” he said. That means I failed my family and friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing so. So, I apologise also to my bandmates and my mum and my dad. My wife, my brother and my kids.”
Queens Of The Stone Age on tour
Queens Of The Stone Age return to the UK to headline a show at London’s Finsbury Park with Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, The Hives and many more on Saturday June 30. Tickets are available here.