Queens Of The Stone Age previewed their headline slot at Reading and Leeds festival next weekend, with a show at Sziget festival, Budapest on Tuesday (August 12). The band got down and dirty in the Hugarian capital, playing tracks from last year’s ‘…Like Clockwork’ as well as songs from throughout their epic career. A taste of what to expect.
Queens Of The Stone Age previewed their Reading and Leeds set at Sziget festival in Budapest last night (August 12). The band got down and dirty in the Hugarian capital, playing tracks from last year's '...Like Clockwork' as well as songs from throughout their epic career.
It's less than a week until QOTSA take on Reading and Leeds for the sixth time, making their debut at the festival back in 2000 with an afternoon set on the Radio 1 Evening Session Stage. This year they'll co-headline on the Main Stage with Paramore.
Josh Homme and the gang flipped a coin with Hayley Williams and co in order to decide who'd be going on last at the two different sites. Queens Of The Stone Age will be topping the bill in Reading while Paramore will close the bill over in Leeds.
Queens have gone in hard on the Euro-festival circuit this summer, playing Sweden's Way Out West, Norway's Oya, Denmark's Northside, Spain's Primavera Sound and a bunch more. They'll visit South America this autumn after Reading and Leeds, rounding off their massive world tour.
QOTSA will play their final show of the '...Like Clockwork' tour on Halloween in their hometown of Los Angeles, hitting up the city's Forum venue with a special spooky show featuring support from The Kills as well as a haunted house and fancy dress contest.
The band opened up their Sziget set with 'You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire', the opening track of their third studio album, 2002's iconic 'Songs For The Deaf'. The 16 song show finished up with a brutal 'Song For The Dead', from the same record.
Sziget also handily showed us what we can expect from Josh Homme's hair come Reading and Leeds. Known for chopping and changing between his russet quiff and the full on Phil Mitchell skinhead, it looks like the Ginger Elvis is currently sporting a closely shorn, mini-version of his rockabilly 'do. So now you know.
The band are airing a host of '...Like Clockwork' tracks on their current run. The album was their highest ever charting UK release, getting to Number Two in the Official Albums Chart up its release in 2013. 'My God Is The Sun', 'Smooth Sailing', 'I Sat By The Ocean' and 'If I Had A Tail' all made the Sziget setlist.
The Sziget crowd gave as good as they got, crowd-surfing throughout Queens Of The Stone Age's heavy performance. Expect the Reading and Leeds punters to do just the same, offering the band a heroes welcome back to the two sites.
Playing the festival in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2010 and now in 2014, as rightful headliners... Reading and Leeds, you're in for one hell of a treat, courtesy of Queens.