Concert Review: Queens of the Stone Age

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, February 13

Photo by Glenn Brogan

Photo by Glenn Brogan

Touring behind their first album in six years, Queens of the Stone Age founder and frontman Josh Homme has expanded on the band’s sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll template, revealing an emotional vulnerability not explored previously.

Sure, QOTSA flexed plenty of melodic muscle for the sold-out crowd, getting the chicks to pump their fists on burners such as “Little Sister,” and the dudes to shake their asses on new tracks “If I Had a Tail” and the funked-up, falsetto-delivered “Smooth Sailing.” But it was some of the slower tunes from Like Clockwork, such as the album’s spacey title track—with its melancholy refrain of Because not everything that goes around comes back around you know—that gave the show a greater depth.

The band went back to its stoner-rock roots after that, closing with their ode to excess “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and “A Song for the Dead,” sending the crowd off on a definite buzz. ★★★★☆

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
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

Photos by Glenn Brogan

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