This Sunday, Queens of the Stone Age will play their first ever show in Darwin, one of only three Splendour sideshows for the band.
It’s unknown why they’ve chosen to kick off their tour in the Northern Territory before heading on to play sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne but it’s awesome none-the-less. Even better is the announcement of their support act—a band called Lonely Boys, hailing from Ngukurr, a small Aboriginal community on the banks of the Roper river, in the remote Northern Territory.
You’d imagine that when the announcement came, the band were stoked. But in actual fact, they had no idea who QOTSA even were. “Tell you the truth, my music came straight from the bush and I never heard of Queens of the Stone Age”, Lonely Boys singer Ambrose Daniels told ABC. “But I did research on YouTube and I noticed they’re the biggest band in the world.”
Despite their lack of prior knowledge, they sound pretty excited about meeting a bunch of guys from outside Darwin. Guitarist Winston Joshua recently told The Guardian, “I never knew that band but my cousin told me he heard a story we’re gonna go up to Darwin and play with a big band from America. We’re all excited. We get to see a band from America and get to know them and have a talk with them and spend time with them.”
The Lonely Boys are popular in NT, though unfortunately, after a recent theft, don’t own their own instruments. They were gifted a setup by the local Aboriginal corporation, but it was stolen and never replaced. They plan on borrowing instruments from the venue when they open for Queens. Further more, few members of the band own a car, or a phone, and are making travel arrangements now for the show. Triple J recently did an interview with Joshua, as he was the only one available with a phone. “I had to talk for 20 minutes, I think, on the radio, and I was just working on my car too, doing my roof lining and all that”, he said.
Seriously, could these guys sound like bigger legends?
Tickets are still available to the show. Get in quick.