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Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme performing at Sydney's Hordern Pavillion. [Image: Chris Neave]

GIG REVIEW: Queens of the Stone Age’s Explosive ‘The End Is Nero Tour’

In a display of sheer rock prowess, Queens of the Stone Age took the stage at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, marking the first of two sold-out nights that fans will remember for years to come. The legendary band, fronted by the enigmatic Josh Homme, embarked on “The End Is Nero Tour,” in support of their latest album, “In Times New Roman.” Triple M‘s own Row was there to capture every electrifying moment, providing fans and listeners with an exclusive gig review that brings the concert’s atmosphere right to your ears.

A Fan-Centric Performance

What sets Queens of the Stone Age apart is their unique approach to live performances. Homme and his bandmates believe that their shows belong to the fans, a philosophy that was vividly on display in Sydney. The setlist, ever fluid, changed course when a fan’s shout for ‘Avon’ from their debut album was heeded. In a democratic turn, the crowd was given the choice between ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret’ and ‘3’s & 7’s,’ with the latter, a live rarity, winning the vote. This interactive experience not only highlights the band’s versatility but also their dedication to their audience.

The Unmatched Energy of Live Rock

Describing the concert, Row emphasizes the “sheer noise, style, and swagger” of Queens of the Stone Age. Their performance is a testament to the enduring power and appeal of live rock music. Homme, as the “ultimate bad boy of rock,” commands the stage with a presence that’s both intimidating and captivating. The sound is heavy, designed to overwhelm the senses, complemented by stunning lighting and an energetic mosh pit that never quits.

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Highlights and Unforgettable Moments

Among the standout tracks, ‘Regular John’ and ‘Go With the Flow’ electrified the crowd, showcasing the band’s ability to craft songs that are as compelling live as they are on record. A sensual rendition of ‘Make It Wit Chu’ provided a moment of intimacy amidst the high-octane show, leaving fans “a bit flushed” and wanting more.

TLDR: A Night to Remember

For those fortunate enough to attend the second night in Sydney, expectations were set sky-high. As Row wraps up her review, it’s clear that Queens of the Stone Age continue to be a force of nature on the live circuit, offering unforgettable experiences that resonate with fans old and new.

Josh Homme and Dean Fertita stopped through the Triple M Studios for a chat with Brendan Annakin on the way to their Sold-Out Hordern Pavillion show. Listen Below!

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