After a weekend of Pop, Indie, Dance, R&B, Rap, Blues, Soul, Ska, Stadium Rock and all sorts in-between it was great to finally get to see a proper Hard Rock band, and boy was it worth the wait. With R&B/Pop Queen Beyoncé finishing proceedings over at the Pyramid Stage a noticeably thin crowd gathered in front of the Other Stage away from the glitz, big stage setups, backing singers and dance routines of the Pyramid stage. Queens of the Stone Age represented the perfect counter balance to the prospect of Beyoncé’s set over at the Pyramid, this was substance over style and I for one was glad. In a nutshell a minimal backdrop, a few lasers, lights and massive Dessert Rock tunes.
After ripping through a familiar opening one-two of “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”and “Lost Art of Keeping a Secret” Josh Homme revealed they asked the fans to tell them what to play (via a BBC poll) because they had no record to promote and “weren’t sure what to do”. The fan picked set list threw up some real gems with “Burn The Witch”, “Tangled Up In Plaid”, “Better Living Through Chemistry” and “First It Giveth” all getting a run out to a massive response from the small crowd. One of the biggest surprises of the evening was an unrelentingly energetic version of “Fun Machine” which got the crowd moving. Other live stalwarts “No One Knows”, “Song for the Dead” and “Millionaire” all featured too in what was a typically brilliant QOTSA set, there were even mosh pits! Mosh pits at Glastonbury, who’d have thought eh?
Queens of the Stone Age once again proved their live credentials, massive riffs, big solos, massive sing-alongs mixed in with the odd slows bluesy jam to slow the pace. However recent festival appearances seem to suggest that QOTSA may struggle to appeal beyond their current alternative music loving audience. Last year’s Reading Festival saw their crowd massively dented by Mumford and Sons’ NME/Radio 1 Stage performance and at this year’s Glastonbury it was clear that a massive majority had gone to Beyoncé (or elsewhere) to see out their final night at the festival. I’ve been saying for a few years now that I’d love to see a big UK rock festival (Reading/Download/Sonisphere) take a gamble on QOTSA, but the sad reality is they really need a few more hit singles or another “No One Knows” to realistically be considered. As for Sunday night at Glastonbury, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. [4.5/5.0]