The king of cool brings his Queens to Copenhagen

It’s not often that you can say that one of the coolest people in the world is coming to your city. But when Josh Homme brings his Queens of the Stone Age to Forum on November 29, he brings with him a reputation as not only a talented guitarist and engaging frontman, but as simply one of the coolest dudes in rock ’n’ roll. 

 

The nearly two metre tall Homme, with his red hair and Elvis-like snarl, is one of the pioneers of ‘stoner rock’, starting out with Kyuss in the early 90s. He went on to create the Queens of the Stone Age in 1997 and also formed the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones. 

 

Homme is arguably the one guy who can get away with dissing Jay-Z, as the Queens frontman did when he suggested that the hip-hop legend should “fuck off” for trying to subject his band to a frisking before they played Jay-Z’s ‘Made in America’ festival this summer. Homme also dismissed the rapper’s gift of a bottle of champagne as “a marketing tool” and rather than pose for a photo with it, opted to smash it. Hell, Homme even has a hot rock star wife in the form of Brody Dalle. 

 

The QOTSA gig at Forum will be the band’s second in Denmark in just four months, following their appearance at the 2013 Roskilde Festival. Although the band put on a solid show, they seemed somewhat out of place (California desert background notwithstanding) playing in the middle of the afternoon on a hot summer day.  

 

The arena show will allow the Queens the undivided attention of fans eager to hear their excellent new album … Like Clockwork come to life, presumably with the help from videos from the British artist Boneface who has provided the artwork for … Like Clockwork’s album cover and music videos. The album, the band's seventh, solidified QOTSA as one of the best rock 'n' roll bands out there today and is all but assured to be near the top of a lot of critics' year-end, best-of lists. 

 

If the Roskilde show is any indication, the setlist won’t be confined to the band’s newest release. Their Orange Stage set included cuts off 2000’s Rated R, 2003’s breakthrough album Songs for the Deaf and 2007’s Era Vulgaris

 

Opening for QOTSA will be British alt-rock trio Band of Skulls. Tickets for the concert are available via Billetlugen