Photos: Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood at the Forum

Queens of the Stone Age at the Forum (Photo by Jazz Shademan)
Queens of the Stone Age at the Forum (Photo by Jazz Shademan)

With characteristic swagger and surprising affability, Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age returned to the Forum on Saturday night for a headlining show in support of their latest album, 2017’s “Villains.”

Homme began the show by mentioning how this would be better than the band’s last visit — which came at the KROQ holiday concert, during which the frontman kicked a photographer in the face (later apologizing) and himself ended up bloodied. Saturday’s sold-out show opened with “If I Had a Tail” and “My God Is the Sun” and included “Feet Don’t Fail Me” from the new album. They did not neglect favorites such as “Go with the Flow” and “No One Knows,” and for the encore QOTSA were joined by Mark Ronson performing piano for the songs “The Vampyre of Time and Memory,” “Broken Box,” “Un-Reborn Again” and an Elton John cover, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

They closed the night in a big way, with “A Song for the Dead.”

U.K. two-piece Royal Blood opened the night with a typically frenetic and hard-hitting set with bassist Mike Kerr bounding all over the stage, tongue out.

Photos by Jazz Shademan