Queens Of The Stone Age are no strangers to doing things their own way, and that was made all the more evident today with their recent performance on Later… With Jools Holland, which saw the band performing a stripped-back version of a track from their newest record, complete with string section.
Recently, Queens Of The Stone Age were over in the UK, which saw Josh Homme take time out of his busy schedule to read kids a bedtime story on children’s network CBeebies. However, while the group were in the country, they also managed to record a performance for the most recent episode of Later… With Jools Holland (which just so happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sunday).
Appearing on an episode which also performances by Jessie Ware, The National, and Morrissey, Josh Homme and Dean Fertita took to the stage with a string section to perform a soulful rendition of ‘Villains Of Circumstance’, from the group’s most recent record, Villains.
While it’s not exactly the thumping, stadium-sized hard-rock sound that we’ve come to expect from Queens Of The Stone Age, it does prove that Josh Homme is easily one of the more versatile musicians alive.
Of course, the album version of the track does feature a string section as well, but in true Queens Of The Stone Age, they couldn’t help but accompany it with the typical rock instrumentation that we’re used to. As a result, this new performance may be one of the few chances you’ll get to see ‘Villains Of Circumstance’ performed this way.
Currently, Queens Of The Stone Age are getting ready to kick off a US tour, which will keep them busy throughout October, before heading over to Europe and the UK for what is bound to be a phenomenal series of shows. Of course, if you missed Queens Of The Stone during their recent trip to Australia to headline Splendour In The Grass, you might be waiting quite a while for the band to return.
Check out the full performance of ‘Villains of Circumstance’, below.