HOME SOUNDcheck GOhear GOview GOread GOplaces DOmore


  » Contact Us
  » Advertise With Us

  » Classifieds
  » Newspaper Ads

Concert Reviews:
Queens of the Stone Age rock hard for bad-a** Fillmore crowd

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013

» See more SOUND CHECK

DETROIT -- With a new No. 1 album and plenty of family and friends in the house for multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita, Queens of the Stone Age were poised for a big night on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Fillmore Detroit.

And the quintet certainly didn't disappoint any of the particularly rabid collection of fans who packed the theater.

Plugging its first new album in six years, "...Like Clockwork," QOTSA roared through a nearly two-hour, 21-song set that showed the band was no worse, and perhaps even better, for the wear during the interim, which included a bout of deep, post-operative depression for group leader Josh Homme that inspired many of "...Like Clockwork's" songs. Good humor and good playing abounded on this night, even during the darkest songs in the set, as well as a sense of sincere gratitude to still have an audience after so much time away.

Early in the show, Homme even praised those who stood in line outside the Fillmore while a brief but heavy rainstorm blew through. "All I could thing to myself is, 'Detroit is (expletive) bad-ass," Homme said. "You are some tough (expletives). It's a pleasure to be with you tonight."

Those fans certainly agreed, from the dirgey blues grind of the opening "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" through a show that leaned heavily on "...Like Clockwork," plucking nine songs from the album including a particularly hot "If I Had a Tail" and moody selections such as the title track, "Kalopsia" and "The Vampyre of Time and Memory," with Homme playing piano on the latter. Most of the show stuck to the uptempo, however, with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore powering QOTSA through the punky fury of "...Millionaire," the trippy ambience of "Hangin' Tree" and "Smooth Sailing," the pumping funk of "Make It Wit Chu" and the heavy grooves of "Misfit Love," "Little Sister."

Playing in front of a massive rear-stage video screen, QOTSA also ripped through favorites such as "No One Knows," "Sick, Sick, Sick" and "Go With the Flow," while "Better Living Through Chemistry," "I Appear Missing" and the show-closing "A Song For the Dead" were given epic, extended treatments.

All told it was a show that made up for lost time, and one that made anyone there hope it won't be another long stretch before QOTSA hits these parts again.

Send your thoughts and comments to Gary Graff


GO & DO Michigan, an Entertainment Portal
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the written permission of the copyright holder.

© Copyright MediaNews Group, Inc. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Arbitration