Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme capped the band's European tour by playing a rare solo acoustic show as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival in London yesterday (June 16), during which he debuted a new song called "Villains of Circumstance."
The dark, plaintive ballad, to which a be-suited Homme accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, finds him crooning through lines like "save me from the villains of circumstance before I make a mistake" and "the ocean waves like an endless goodbye."
The gig, which took place at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, also found Homme inviting Mark Lanegan to the stage for a stripped-down duet on the 2002 QOTSA song "Hangin' Tree," from the band's well-loved album "Songs for the Deaf." The pair have a long history. Not only was Homme once a guitarist in Lanegan's Screaming Trees, but Lanegan was later a member of Queens of the Stone Age for a period.
The hour-long set, most of which featured accompaniment by QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen alongside Homme's vocals and guitar-work, ranged from aptly selected Queens cuts like "A Long Slow Goodbye" and 2013's "The Vampyre of Time and Memory" (with Homme at the keys) to covers ("Dark as A Dungeon" famously performed by Johnny Cash and Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This").
Homme returns to the road in July when Queens of the Stone's tour in support of 2013's "…Like Clockwork" hits North American arenas and amphitheaters before heading back to Europe for a number of festival shows in August. "…Like Clockwork," debuted atop the Billboard 200, making it the band's first No. 1 album.