It has been a busy and slightly frustrating week for Josh Homme, frontman for American rock giants Queens of the Stone Age, who are the closing act on the main amphitheatre stage at Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay tonight. The 44-year-old singer and guitarist began QOTSA’s latest visit to Australia by wrestling — well, OK, holding — baby crocodiles, ahead of the band’s opening show on its Australian tour in Darwin last Sunday. He came through that one unscathed, but looked like he might not have when the band arrived in Sydney for its show at Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday night. Homme tore the meniscus in what he terms his good knee and was walking with a stick ahead of the show. The outgoing Homme has a history of such problems with his other knee, going through surgery in 2005 and 2007, and then almost dying from complications during further surgery in 2011. Backstage at the Hordern he was putting on a brave face ahead of the show, however. “Now I have the glory of a whole new leg to f..k with,” he said. “I don’t mind. I’m here to play.” QOTSA’s performance included a couple of songs from the band’s upcoming seventh album, Villains, due on August 25.
Josh Homme caresses a croc