The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

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

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