Queens of the Stone Age Plays at Powell's Books
Renegade Show to Thank Independent Bookseller
September 26, 2005, Portland, OR Powell's loves the Queens of the Stone Age, and they love Powell's. Last night, Queens of the Stone Age played an unprecedented music set at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon, as part of their Renegade tour, a side-stop from their opening performance for Nine Inch Nails the night before. According to the band's publicist, lead singer Josh Homme "just really likes Powell's and wanted to thank them" by playing in the store.
Over 300 lucky people who could secure an invitation or win tickets to the event packed the dimly lit Orange Room for the after-hours concert. The band, gracious, funny, and truly excited to be playing in Powell's, was scheduled for a thirty-minute set, but played for over an hour ending with the hit song "Little Sister." Homme commented at one point during the performance that Portland is a great town, especially because nobody in the audience yelled "Freebird!" when asked for song requests.
Following the concert, QOTSA band members shopped around the store with Dave Weich, Marketing and Business Development Director for Powells.com. They took home a pile of books along with some cool Powell's hats and T-shirts.
About Powell's Books and Powells.com
An independent bookseller since 1971, Powell's serves the Portland, Oregon, area with four general bookstores and two specialty stores. Its flagship store takes up an entire city block, offering 68,000 square feet of used, new, rare, and out-of-print books. Online since 1994, Powells.com offers the combined inventory of its six retail locations and five warehouses about four million books in all. The site features exclusive author interviews and essays, as well as a stable of internationally respected book reviewers and content partners. Forbes magazine crowned the site a "Forbes Favorite," applauding its "huge selection of new, used and rare books, all swathed in smart content."