KJEE’S SEASIDE BEACH BALL: The Queens and I – Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen part of ever-changing Stone Age roster
Ted Mills, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
June 8, 2007 8:00 AM
Signs of Summer: Popsicles, beach towels, flip-flops, barbecues. Add radio-friendly rock bands arriving en masse to that list.
Large rock festivals like KJEE’s Seaside Beach Ball, coming to the Ventura County Fairgrounds today, have become a way to expose a roster of popular and up-and-coming artists to the maximum amount of like-minded fans. One month ahead of the Warped Tour, the Beach Ball brings to the sunny city to the south a lineup featuring the famous (Queens of the Stone Age, former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, now solo artist Chris Cornell), the hip (Sum 41, Plain White T’s) and the buzz-worthy (Cold War Kids, Shiny Toy Guns).
For Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist with Queens of the Stone Age, these festivals are a good way to make new fans and to play short sets to an already-hyped crowd. “We just came off KROQ’s Weenie Roast festival,” he says. “They had a revolving stage, and so you come on already playing. It’s crazy.”
The KJEE stage might not revolve, but the Queens will be turning heads with a set that unveils many of the new songs on their fifth album, “Era Vulgaris,” set to drop in a week.