Australia (Byron Bay), July 23, 2005 Review

artist: Queens of the Stone Age date: 08/29/2005 category: live concerts

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Queens of the Stone Age: Australia (Byron Bay), July 23, 2005
QOTSA played a solid set, with all the musical integrity and professionalism of a studio recording. There were no awful vocals, feedback issues or technical hiccups, just rocking songs.
 Sound: 8
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.3
Australia (Byron Bay), July 23, 2005 Reviewed by: Hamboy, on august 29, 2005
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Sound: QOTSA played a solid set, with all the musical integrity and professionalism of a studio recording. There were no awful vocals, feedback issues or technical hiccups, just rocking songs back-to-back albeit the absence of someone's in the wolf from the set was sorely missed. The set comprised of the usual four suspects plus Natasha Schneider on keyboard. Although the keys at times overwhelmed the sweet, dark sound of the C-tuned guitars it didn't have a strong presence in the set list, and so, the hardest of the QOTSA songs, rocked to the fullest extent. // 8

Perfomance: The set list comprised of a diverse range of songs and truly showcased the amazing talent of one of the last great, true rock bands, i.e. not Nickelback. 01. Little Sister - the song was lapped up by the hundreds of eagerly awaiting punters who had rushed the stage for hours to get close for the QOTSA set. The beginning chords opened like a punch in the face and started what was to be a great set. 02. Feel Good Hit Of The Summer - without a minute's dead air they ripped into their second song, the crowd screamed in appreciation of a truly energetic song which was in many cases the one that first introduced them to the band. 03. Walkin' On The Sidewalks - this song appeased many of the fans and was good solid fun. 04. Burn The Witch - the song was awesome, hundreds of fans chanted along to that unforgettable bassline the song is synonymous with. A huge cheer of appreciation also went up with the Burn The Witch whispering at the beginning, people all weekend saying "will they play it? I hope they do!" 05. Avon - was played with amazing passion, the drum solo at the end was definitely a highlight and was infinitely more difficult and impressive than the one played on the CD. 06. Tangled Up In Plaid - That familiar lazy sounding lead opened what was a great live song. 07. Everbody Knows That You're Insane - this song was a definite favourite, such an energetic song saw the appreciation and angst of hundreds of pimple faced teenage fans directed straight into the mosh, which was already immense in size. 08. Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret - a good solid song, well played and well received by R fans. 09. A Long Slow Goodbye - this song was a potential let down, but was played at the pace of little sister and so, allowed for the sweet vocals, whilst keeping the audience eagerly anticipating every note and the remainder of the set. 10. Go With The Flow - to be honest, a bit of a let down, the keyboard really had prominence in this song, the guitars only really being audible in the call-and-response of the verses. 11. A Song For The Dead - as the screaming guitar came in, the audience braced themselves for what was to be a rough and exhilarating finale. The song was played amazingly and the audience really got into it, the drums were spectacular and the song left fans satisfied with the set, but still gagging for more. 12. No One Knows - after endless cheering from the audience, the band returned to the stage for an encore, which is unusual for a festival set. After a rough start, and Josh stopping the song to get a security guard to leave a young fan alone, it was belted out with an awesome amount of energy, a break down part way through saw Josh and Troy trying to out-solo each other, it then returned to the post-bridge bass solo. The song was finished immaculately and had the audience thinking how worth their time, money and travel that set was, as well as months of painful anticipation. // 10

Overall Impression: I am by no means on of these concerts optimists who always say "that was the best show ever" but no band that I've seen has been more deserving of a solid mark than QOTSA, who played a range of songs, all with professionalism and fervour. The show was played in Byron Bay, Australia's Belongil fields as part of the Splendour in the Grass festival Saturday July 25, 2005. Bryan Adams played before QOTSA and experienced some awful technical difficulties, eventually leaving the stage in something of an unprofessional hissy-fit, the send off he deserved. What I loved about the show was the atmosphere, everyone was there to have a good time and see bands they love, there weren't people trying to be cooler or more old-school a fan than each other, it was just people who love music there to see bands. The only really bad thing was the price of beer, ouch. The tickets were $120 for a two-day festival, but these were little Australian dollars, not mighty greenbacks. QOTSA and kiwi rockers Shihad alone were worth the money for me, and then so much more! It was awesome. The most unforgettable moment for me was A Song For The Dead, that was better than any nude girl (well, maybe not any), but it was played with such enthusiasm and was a definite highlight. In addition to this, Josh's Witty banter between songs and talk of sleeping with Tony was a good laugh. I'll definitely be going to their next gig, which judging by the geographic isolation of Australia should be about a half d. // 10

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