Queens of the Stone Age rock hypnotic show
“It’s all smooth sailing from here on out,” said Josh Homme, frontman for Queens of the Stone Age, to the fans at The Joint on Feb. 13.
Queens of the Stone Age then broke out into their first, funky jam of the night, “Smooth Sailing.”
It has not always been smooth sailing for Queens of the Stone Age, though.
The group has endured its share of struggles over the years from inconsistent changes in the band’s line-up, a turbulent relationship between Homme and former bassist Nick Oliveri, and the death of former keyboardist Natasha Shneider.
However, arguably the most profound event happen within the band was Homme’s own close call with death a few years back.
While undergoing knee surgery, complications arose during the procedure that led doctors to pronounce the frontman legally dead before he was revived. The incident, which had a drastic toll on his mental and physical health, was used as an inspirational tool for creating the band’s latest album, … Like Clockwork.
Homme’s brush with death was evident in an emotional encore performance of the band’s ballad, “The Vampyre of Time and Memory.”
Though Homme displayed his masculine rock ’n’ roll demeanor he is so widely known for, one could not help but notice a more humble, softer side of him as he played “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” on piano, singing the lyrics “I survived. I speak. I breathe.”
As the ballad progressed, it This song, along with some others from …Like Clockwork played during the band’s show and marked a new era for Queens of the Stone Age; a slight transition from their traditionally heavy-riffed songs toward softer, emotionally-riveted songs.
In conjunction with their newest album, Queens of the Stone Age remained true to their past as they blasted through a lengthy power trip of songs spanning their entire history as a band.
After an opening performance from Chelsea Wolfe, Queens of the Stone Age tore through the venue with “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire.”
This was followed by the old hit, “No One Knows” with thumping bass and guitar riffs.
Among some of the other classic songs played were “Little Sister,” “Avon,” “Sick, Sick, Sick” and “Make It Wit Chu.”
The backdrop of projected animation with some occasional cigarette smoke hovering above the ground floor provided a strangely hypnotic experience as the group went about performing their sludgy hard-rock.
Queens of The Stone Age tried passing off, “Go With the Flow” as their final song of the night, but they delighted fans as they came back to perform a three-song encore.
The encore, which started off with “The Vampyre of Time and Memory,” also included the drug-oriented anthem, “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and ended with “A Song For the Dead,” likely because those who survived the moshing and chaos on the ground floor at the end the show looked like they were barely alive.