by Micayla Bussieres

Photo by Mark Horton

Photo by Mark Horton

 

This review almost turned into an article exclusively about how terrible rain is when you want to see a show. The day started with an already drenched Micayla arriving at the River stage to see Jenny Lewis but with the excessive amounts of lightning and worsening downpour, the stage crew was quickly wrapping all of the instruments and equipment in plastic sheets. I decided to make my way over to the Claridge stage where Queens of the Stone Age would be playing in an hour’s time and just hope that wasn’t delayed or cancelled as well. Soon, the rain started to let up and Styx began playing over on the Bell stage. As Styx neared the end of their set, the QOTSA crowd grew and began to get antsy so we wouldn’t have to stand in the rain quite as long.

Lucky for us, just before the show began the rain slowed to a drizzle, the sun came out, and a double rainbow appeared! Josh Homme and the rest of the band walked out on stage and launched right into their first song, ending with some praise for the festival, and for the fortunate change in weather. They played through their hits, like “No One Knows” and “Little Sister,” and classics such as “Burn the Witch.” The crowd was filled with the most dedicated fans that couldn’t help but head bang and dance. Although we were all drenched down to our souls, there’s no other way I could imagine experiencing such an intense concert.