Josh Homme triumphs despite timetabling problems
Queens Of The Stone Age stole the show at the second leg of the Australian V Festival on Sunday (March 30).
In front of the biggest crowd of the day, the band ripped through an epic set drawn largely from 2007 album ‘Era Vulgaris’.
He also found time to publicly chastise a fan who had thrown a beer bottle, which earned the frontman huge cheers.
Homme was clearly in a fighting mood as he launched himself into his band’s equipment, knocking over microphone stands and keyboards during ‘Sick, Sick, Sick’.
However, by the end of regular set closer ‘No One Knows’, the frontman had relaxed a little and ended the night by inviting everyone in the audience to a party.
Despite the hot weather on the day, a last-minute decision saw the gates to the festival open two hours later than advertised, as organisers tried to combat the extreme wet weather experienced on Australia‘s Gold Coast in the past week.
The delay caused timetable chaos for fans as bands played shorter sets than scheduled, with several acts being cut altogether.
The organisers’ efforts were in vain as the swampy venue quickly resembled a mudbath similar to last summer’s Glastonbury Festival as soon as the 30,000 festival-goers were finally allowed in.
The band played the majority of their latest album ‘We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank’, as well as crowd favourites including ‘Float On’ and ‘Bukowski’.
The ex-Smiths guitarist was joined by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, who proceeded to take pictures on his camera phone throughout.
The Scottish outfit played a number of untitled new songs as well as some of their biggest hits including ‘Some Candy Talking’, ‘Sidewalking’, ‘Taste Of Cindy’and ‘Just Like Honey’.
The remaining V Festival dates are as follows:
Melbourne Showgrounds (April 5)
Perth Esplanade (April 6)