5 Reasons Why We Love Josh Homme

The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman takes Southbank by storm in acoustic performance

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The Queens Of The Stone Age frontman took to the Southbank Centre for a one-off acoustic performance as part of James Lavelle’s Meltdown Festival on Monday night.

Introducing his “very good friend” Lavelle went on to praise Homme as “one of the most important men in the music business”. Homme then took to the stage in a blue suit and pocket square and took a sip of wine before launching into QOTSA hit ‘Long Slow Goodbye’.

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Over the course of the next hour Homme covered Dean Martin, polished off a bottle of red wine with a few special guests and put down hecklers left right and centre. In case you needed anymore reason to become a fan of the man, here’s five of the stand-out moments from last night’s performance.


1 | ‘Villains of Circumstance’

As if the intimate acoustic show wasn’t special enough, Homme treated audience members to an all-new song, ‘Villains of Circumstance’, written just before the show.

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Sounding very much like an un-released extra from QOTSA’s 2013 album Like Clockwork, the new song had all 2,500 audience members gripped, even as Homme declared “F*uck, I messed up”.


2 | Homme is an entertainer

It’s all very well being really great at guitar, bass and piano and having the best vocal range in rock, but if you can’t entertain the audience between songs you’re fighting a losing battle.

Luckily, Homme’s interaction with the audience was as dry as the wine he was drinking. Interrupting a cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Dark As A Dungeon’ Homme asked an audience member heading outside if he had ‘somewhere to be’. Later, as more audience members made a dash for the bathroom, Homme dead-panned “You don’t have to run, I just hated that bastard earlier.”

The highlight came when Josh silenced a rowdy female heckler, eliciting a round of applause from the audience, “Someone get that woman a drink, just to shut her up.”
 

3 | ‘Fair weather friends’

Towards the middle of his set Homme declared he wanted to play a Mark Lanegan song, but couldn’t sing it as well as the former Queens Of The Stone Age vocalist.

Cue Lanegan himself appearing in the shadows at the back of the stage, to join Homme and QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen for a cover of Lanegan’s ‘100 Days’ before launching into Songs For The Deaf album track ‘Hangin’ Tree’.

All three receive bonus points for their impeccable suits.


4 | Josh Homme can play any instrument in the world*

In any Josh Homme gig you’d probably expect to hear tired versions of ‘No One Knows’ or ‘Go With The Flow’.

Refreshingly, Homme vetoed these radio favourites and dug deep into his repertoire for a great run through of ‘I Never Came’ and a piano-led rendition of ‘The Vampyre Of Time And Memory’.

Closing the show with ‘Into The Hollow’, Homme asked the audience to clap along to keep time as he demonstrated his considerable bass skills.

*not quite true


5 | He’s not afraid to share some life lessons

It turns out, Homme wasn’t just there to entertain.

Towards the end of the set he addressed the audience, insisting they had ‘no time to do things you don’t want to do’ and that there is too much beauty in life to waste it, with Troy nodding along.

Essentially, life is short and you should grab it by the horns.


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