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Concert Reviews:
Queens of the Stone Age delivers a good time at The Fox

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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DETROIT -- “We’re gonna have a good time the whole time tonight,” Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme announced at the start of the group’s concert Tuesday night, Oct. 17, at the Fox Theatre.

And if anyone doubted his sincerity, the singer and guitarist checked at least a dozen times during the dynamic 21-song, just over two-hour show to make sure a good time was indeed being had by all.

Homme needn’t have worried. While he rightly noted that “there’s probably no way to top” his concert with Iggy Pop at the same venue during April of 2016 -- which also included Queens bandmates Troy Van Leeuwen and Royal Oak native Dean Fertita -- the group turned in a tight, muscular set with the black-clad quintet in ferocious lockstep amidst a stage full of slalom-like light poles.

Following a typically rambunctious opening set by the British duo Royal Blood, the Queen tandem of Homme and Van Leeuwen were in particularly fine form, weaving and exchanging guitar parts into a fierce wall of sound, sometimes joined by Fertita (who also played keyboards) and atop a thundering bottom laid down by bassist Michael Shuman and drummer Jon Theodore. The show focused on Queens’ latest album “Villains,” whose melodic anthem “Fortress” was the best performance of the night, and 2013’s “...Like Clockwork,” but the group sampled enough older favorites -- including “Monsters In The Parasol,” “Go With The Flow” and an epic romp through “No One Knows” -- to acknowledge the long-time fans in the sold-out crowd.

Homme gave Fertita his home town due with a warm introduction during “No One Knows” and then letting him walk on stage for the encore alone to enjoy his own moment in the spotlight. Homme re-introduced the rest of the band by giving each a variation of Fertita’s name and noted that the first encore choice, the “Villains’” track “Head Like A Haunted House,” was Fertita’s choice. “If you don’t like it, blame Dean,” Homme cracked.

Queens’ leader was, in fact, happy, chatty and loose throughout the show, profuse in his gratitude and complimentary to Detroit. He recalled that after having to once “watch your a***” while playing at Saint Andrews Hall, “it seems like your city’s come together, and I think that’s beautiful. Congratulations (expletives)!” Homme also offered pointed introductions to a few of the songs, including “The Evil Has Landed,” “Domesticated Animals” and “Go With The Flow,” and gave a shout-out to a fan wearing a T-shirt for Eagles of Death Metal, one of Homme’s other bands.

Homme made no mention of the assault suit he’s facing after an encounter with an autograph seeker following last year’s concert with Pop, but that was just as well; It was a night for good times and truly good vibes, and Homme and Queens clearly weren’t going to let anything intrude on that spirit.

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