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Published: 2014/03/06

Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age Kick Off Australian Tour

Rock titans Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age kicked off their co-headlining Australian tour last night with the first of two shows at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre. The previous day, Reznor and Josh Homme joined Triple J Radio for an interview about the tour, hinting that there may be some collaborations, but not quite yet. The first night of the tour held true to that, as neither group joined the other on stage.

After a coin flip, NIN took the opening set, performing as a quartet for one of the first times since the end of the Tension Tour, which saw the group as a sextet along with backup vocalists joining occasionally. Bassist Pino Palladino and guitarist Josh Eustis both departed following the large world tour, with Palladino now focusing on his work with John Mayer Trio along with Mayer and drummer Steve Jordan.

Trent Reznor along with Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin and Robin Finck, NIN departed from their Tension Tour setlist, this time mixing in more variety such as “Gave Up,” “Letting You” and “Me, I’m Not,” three songs not played extensively on the band’s last tour. Normally relying on new tracks from Hesitation Marks, NIN instead leaned on 1994’s The Downward Spiral, which will celebrate it’s 20 year anniversary on March 8. The 19-song set closed with a familiar trio, “Hand That Feeds,” “Head Like a Hole” and “Hurt.”

Queens took the stage shortly after for an 18-song headlining set. Nearly half of the tunes performed hailed from the band’s latest release ...Like Clockwork including the single “My God Is The Sun” and “If I Had a Tail,” among others. The rest of the show featured material from the band’s entire career, spanning all the way back to to 2000’s Rated R and 2002’s Songs for the Deaf.

The three-song encore included two tracks from those albums, “A Song for the Dead” along with the show closer “Feel Good Hit of the Summer,” both preceded by a new track “The Vampyre of Time and Memory.”

NIN and QOTSA will play another show in Sydney tonight before heading off to play in Newcastle and Perth.

Here’s a look at the setlists from last night:

Nine Inch Nails, March 6, 2014, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, AUS

A Warm Place
Somewhat Damaged
Letting You
Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
Came Back Haunted
Me, I’m Not
Copy of A
Gave Up
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Queens of the Stone Age, March 6, 2014, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, AUS

You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
No One Knows
My God Is the Sun
Burn the Witch
Smooth Sailing
…Like Clockwork
If I Had a Tail
Little Sister
Fairweather Friends
I Sat by the Ocean
Make It Wit Chu
Sick, Sick, Sick
3′s & 7′s
Better Living Through Chemistry
Go With the Flow
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
Feel Good Hit of the Summer
A Song for the Dead

Check out a full list of the NIN/QOTSA tour below.

Nine Inch Nails & Queens of the Stone Age Australian Tour:

March 7 Sydney, AUS—Entertainment Centre

March 8 Newcastle, AUS—Entertainment Centre

March 11 Perth, AUS—Arena

March 13 Adelaide, AUS—AEC Arena

March 14 Melbourne, AUS—Rod Laver Arena

March 15 Melbourne, AUS—Rod Laver Arena

March 17 Brisbane, AUS—Entertainment Centre

March 19 Auckland, NZE—Vector Arena

March 20 Wellington, NZE—TSB Bank Arena

March 22 Christchurch, NZE—CBS Canterbury Arena

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