Queens of the Stone Age Plays for a SOLD OUT Roy Wilkins

October 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Queens of the Stone Age have been in my playlists for many years, so when I found out I was going to photograph them, it was a pretty big deal to me!  This show would be covered for 95.7 The Rock Station.  I arrived at the parking ramp to find both of them near The Roy Wilkins Auditorium full.  I hadn't checked to see there was a hockey game and another sold out show nearby.  I managed to find parking and got to the main gate just as the photographers were going to go in, so I cut it a little close this time!

I went into the pit with the rest of the photographers and found the venue strangely emptier than I thought it would be.  I assumed parking was an issue for many people for this show as well.  Royal Blood was the first of the two acts to take the stage.  This two man band was very entertaining to finally see after hearing their songs on the radio.  The both were harshly lit by lights coming from all directions or there was no light at all.  It made interesting photos though.  Royal Blood put on a great performance from the three songs I was able to see!  I'm sure the rest of their set was amazing.

After I was done getting my photos of Royal Blood, I watched as the line seemed to go on forever.  Everyone had showed up and I could hear them talking about the difficulties in getting to the venue.  Queens of the Stone Age took the stage for a packed crowd though with a ton of backlighting.  While I was waiting for them to take the stage, I looked around and the many lights and other items on the stage.  There was what looked like stripper poles on stage and there was around 10 of those.  I saw later they were light towers that the band members would kick and hit occasionally to make them sway.  A line of lights on either side of the stage was interesting as well.  Once the band came out they hit it hard with "If I Had A Tail" and didn't slow down while I was taking photos.  The first song was heavy with red lighting and the remaining two made full use of the band's strobe lights!  Musically, they were just what I expected...amazing.  Each band member moved about the stage and even though they started out a bit low on energy, they slowly built it up as they progressed through their songs.  This was a show I would have bought tickets for if it wasn't sold out!  Queens of the Stone Age certainly impressed me!

SETLIST

If I Had a Tail

Monsters in the Parasol

My God Is the Sun

Feet Don't Fail Me

The Way You Used to Do

You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire

No One Knows

3's & 7's

The Evil Has Landed

I Sat By the Ocean

Smooth Sailing

Domesticated Animals

Fortress

Make It Wit Chu

I Appear Missing

Villains of Circumstance

Little Sister

Sick, Sick, Sick

Go With The Flow

ENCORE

Un-Reborn Again

A Song For the Dead

 

Thanks again to Alpha Media in Mankato for helping me to get into these great shows!  As always, get out there and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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