Queens of the Stone Age played Utrecht

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Bands of this caliber don’t often come back to play in a hall like Tivoli Oudegracht. But a thousand lucky ones were able to see Queens of the Stone Age give one of the best performances in history on Dutch ground last Saturday night.

The performance was only a few songs in when frontman Josh Homme spoke to the audience.“It was 12 years ago that we last played here, but I will never forget this beautiful location and wonderful city.” This is a phrase that it said quite often by frontmen, but with a sense of nostalgia, this time it sounded sincere.

Next year Tivoli will be merging with Vredenburg in a new music “temple”. Homme was very well aware of the situation with Tivoli. “What a shame that this hall will disappear, but we are glad to have a chance to play here again.” The performance at Tivoli was by the band’s request. Tickets for this performance were only available to ticket holders of their upcoming show at Ziggo Dome on 26 November. Critics say this was a clever trick to get rid of remaining tickets for the Ziggo performance. But, on the stage in Oudegracht, you saw nothing of that. The band played with full power, as if to start the demolition that needs to be done to Tivoli next year. The execution of this performance, together with the location and the length of the performance (22 songs) made it a memorable one.

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