Queens of the Stone Age Delivers a Short But Sweet Set at Pointfest: Review, Photos and Setlist

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Jason Stoff
Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age was a perfect choice for the Point's (KPNT 105.7) annual Pointfest. After all, QOTSA is one of the only bands able to strike the balance between the muscular rock that appeals to the station's listeners and the arty sensibilities that resonate with indie audiences, thus ensuring mass appeal. The California desert quintet played up to the former crowd that dominated the venue with a set that leaned on its hardest-rocking material, resulting in a thunderous and thrilling performance.

Leading off with "...Millionaire," Queens exhibited a tight chemistry from the beginning. While it's awkward to hear frontman Josh Homme sing where his departed bandmate Nick Oliveri once screamed, all five musicians locked into the song's propulsive, snarling groove and set the table nicely for "No One Knows." There's nothing like playing your biggest hit early to fully capture the attention of your audience. Homme took advantage of this to tell the crowd during the bass breakdown that the group had been drinking tequila since 4 p.m. He then instructed the sign-language interpreter to relay the message to "fuck shit up."

Homme kept up the debauched rock-star routine for a few songs before the tequila apparently wore off, but the band itself was unrelenting. Queens powered through straight-ahead rockers including blues stomper "Burn The Witch" and the tongue-in-cheek glam scorcher "Smooth Sailing" with aplomb. All the while, Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita traded stellar guitar solos, using their recorded counterparts as a loose template off of which to improvise.

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Jason Stoff
Queens of the Stone Age

Not that they were always playing six-stringers; Van Leeuwen and Fertita spent just as much time plucking ghostly synths and pianos, and Van Leeuwen added appropriately greasy pedal steel to "Burn the Witch." But when they all picked up axes, as they did on "My God Is the Sun," Homme, Van Leeuwen and Fertita whipped up a maelstrom of guitar heroics. A three-guitar attack is usually excessive, but Queens proved that with the right talent and arrangements, it can be beautifully executed.

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16 comments
Wesley Daniels
Wesley Daniels

i went to see one band, Band of Skulls. and they didnt disappoint! wish they would have played 'sweet sour' and had a longer set though.then checked out some local bands that rocked the fuck out and left shortly thereafter. QOTSA and the offspring suck anyway. i had free tix so it wasn't a big loss...

Drum Mer M JZ
Drum Mer M JZ

They couldn't have made much money. Lotta empty seats lotta empty lawn. Way to go the point. Lets try and kill off rock music a little more!

Chad Allen Rodgers
Chad Allen Rodgers

The offspring very much deserved to be the headliner, however the bass coming out of QOTSA was incredible. AFI also put on a good high energy set. I thought the concert was better than I anticipated. I was also going to pass this year, but my 17 year old daughter bought her own pit ticket,. So I went with her. We both had a great time and VWA actually had flag people directing leaving traffic, yeah. But the parking lot was thin due to attendance.

Jose Vinicio Adames
Jose Vinicio Adames

QOTSA needed to be headliners. WHAT A BAND. WHAT A SHOW. perfection in every way.

Jessica Rynders
Jessica Rynders

I'm so excited I got to see Crosses. I'm sad they played a short set because they were obviously having technical issues. I'm still in love though! Chino, that freaking voice.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i'm a fossil, but i can remember the first 2 or 3 pointfests had awesome bands.

Chris Woulfe
Chris Woulfe

QOTSA was great! Sucks they had a short set due to the Points lack of planning.

Nichole Ann
Nichole Ann

I remember when PointFest was once a year and focused on local music...

chris1986
chris1986

from the opening line about "muscular rock" and the below comment from Shaun, clearly noone associated with this article took the time to look at the rest of the line up?  I'm not sure that Neon Trees, Head & The Heart, Orwells, or Band Of Skulls could ever be called "muscular rock" or "date rapey".  Was great to see Pointfest expand this year.  

Kelly Brantley Hagerty
Kelly Brantley Hagerty

QOTSA were amazing! I was hoping to hear a few more songs though... Crosses ††† blew me away. I wanted more of their set too!

Scott Hoffmann
Scott Hoffmann

I saved my money and sat at home and rubbed one out

Misty Medows Hrdina
Misty Medows Hrdina

I loved the show! My only complaint is that QOTSA didn't play long enough.

Charlotte Hayward
Charlotte Hayward

I was disappointed in the QOTSA actually. I was in the pit and didn't feel like their energy translated well to the audience.

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