Queens of the Stone Age close the Other Stage
"This is a night we'll remember for a long, long time"
Laura Foster - 27 June 2011
Having asked the public to vote for which songs they wanted to hear in the headline slot through Zane Lowe's
Radio One show, the quintet played hit after hit in their fantastically gritty set.
"When they asked us to come and play we didn't know what we'd do. We don't have a new record out, so we asked you to vote. Thank you for giving us a reason to play,” said lead singer Josh Homme.
The lean mean rocking machine provided a shot of highly charged adrenalin at the end of a long, hot day.
Homme's cool irony came out to play as he talked to the crowd.
"There's so much wonderful music here. We've got Beyonce over there... No no, I wanna put a ring on it," he replied to the boos of the crowd when they heard the diva's name. "I won't tell you where I want to put the ring, though."
In an outstanding performance where each song was a highlight, the quadruple whammy of 'First It Giveth', 'Go With the Flow', 'No-one Knows' and 'Song for the Dead' towards the end of the band's time onstage sent the crowd into meltdown as pink flares were set off amongst the throngs, adding to the blistering atmosphere.
The band were clearly as overwhelmed as the fans, as Homme asked for the house lights to be turned up in order to see the crowd.
"This is a night we'll remember for a long, long time," he said as they left the stage. You're not the only one, Josh.
The hits the fans wanted to hear:
-Feelgood Hit of the Summer
-The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
-You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire
-Burn the Witch
-Tangled up in Plaid
-Better Living through Chemistry
-Make it Wit Chu
-The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died
-3s & 7s
-First it Giveth
-Go With the Flow
-A Song for the Dead