Band also sing 'Happy Birthday' to keyboard player Dean Fertia
Queens Of The Stone Age last night (September 6) played a free show for competition winners as part of 2013’s iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse.
During the show, which saw the band perform in front of animated backdrops on a vast, panoramic screen, singer Josh Homme declared himself a fan of Katy Perry, who closes this year’s festival on September 30. It happened during a stage aside in which he questioned the character of an “iTunes audience”.
“They told me this is an iTunes audience. They said, some people may look at you and say, Goddamn I wish it was Katy Perry,” he said, before praising Perry. He then said: “If it’s an iTunes audience, it’s an audience that just loves music… This audience is going to get drunk, get high and they’re going to have sex with each other. iTunes is just here to watch.”
The band’s set was heavy on tracks from well-received 2013 album ‘…Like Clockwork’, beginning with that record’s ‘My God Is The Sun’ and ‘You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire’ from 2002’s ‘Songs For The Deaf’. Homme commanded the audience to dance during the former. ‘No One Knows’ followed, with visuals of a flashing neon motel sign and gathering storm clouds.
Later, ‘Kalopsia’ was introduced as “a love song”, then two more ‘…Like Clockwork’ tracks followed: the title track and ‘If I Had A Tail’. Despite rumours online, there was no guest appearance by that song’s guest vocalist Alex Turner, who performs at the iTunes Festival on Monday (September 9) with Arctic Monkeys.
Towards the end of the set, Homme seemed determined to get the audience to sing along, introducing ‘Smooth Sailing’ as “something we can all sing together right here”, and the same was said about ‘Make It Wit Chu’, which he described as the audience’s “second chance”. The main set ended with ‘Go With The Flow’.
On returning to the stage, Homme revealed that it was keyboard player Dean Fertia‘s birthday, and led the crowd through ‘Happy Birthday’. “Feels good to sing, doesn’t it?” Homme said after. The encore was meant to include ‘The Vampyre Of Time And Memory’ and ‘I Appear Missing’, but of the three tracks appearing on the band’s setlist, only ‘Song For The Dead’ was played. Homme jokingly referred to the crowd as “spoiled motherfuckers” before playing it.
Palma Violets supported. The iTunes Festival takes place every night in September at the Roundhouse. Performances are available to view live or on repeat for a limited time via the official iTunes Festival app, which can be found here.
Queens Of The Stone Age played:
‘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’
‘Sat By The Ocean’
‘Sick Sick Sick’
‘Go With The Flow’
‘Song For The Dead’