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

A big part of that equation is the rhythmic foundation established by drummer Jon Theodore and bassist Michael Shuman. (Theodore was particularly impressive in his note-for-note replication of the complex fills and jerky patterns written by former Queens drummers Dave Grohl and Joey Castillo.)

As excellent as the show was, it wasn't faultless. Things hit a slight lull during successive numbers "If I Had a Tail" and "I Sat By the Ocean." Though both are fine songs, they aren't in the same league as the rest of the set, and their slower tempos slowed the group's momentum. Also not helping were Shuman's bass effects, which made him too loud in a few spots on "Ocean" and "Smooth Sailing."

These minor complaints were quickly forgotten during the show's closing segment. Queens surged through the incessant riffing of "Go With the Flow" before revving up fan-favorite "Song For the Dead." Here, the group bashed through its trademark "robot rock" style in the song's intro before yielding to its stop-start verses. Homme and Van Leeuwen then got to have fun throwing different fills in each gap before eventually unleashing a monstrous dual solo. This gave way to a short but effective drum solo that transitioned into the furious tom-tom pounding that drives the song's outro.

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Jason Stoff
Queens of the Stone Age

This climax would have been tough to follow, which is perhaps why Queens didn't bother trying. Even for a shortened festival set, the band had room for a couple more songs. Instead they left the stage, now littered with feedback-producing guitars. That extra run-time would have been more than welcome, but it's hard to imagine any way a performance this satisfying would not leave fans wanting more.

Setlist:

You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire
No One Knows
My God Is the Sun
Burn the Witch
Smooth Sailing
Little Sister
If I Had a Tail
I Sat By the Ocean
Go With the Flow
Song For the Dead

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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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