Queens of the Stone Age

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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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These queens are hot...in the not gay way
Venue/Date: Orpheum Theatre (Boston, MA)
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October 12th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Queens of the Stone Age rip it up and have a blast

By Jonathan Perry, Globe Correspondent | October 15, 2007

Josh Homme is nothing if not resilient. "Nicotine, Valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy, and alcohol. . . . I'll take 'em all, I can't be killed," the Queens of the Stone Age singer-guitarist boasted to an Orpheum Theatre crowd that was only too happy to hear his declaration Friday night. Then in a perfectly timed punch line, he deadpanned, "All my friends are dead."

The song, a power chord and feedback-blasted ditty called "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" (one of several from the Queens' 2000 disc, "Rated R"), went to the heart of Homme's enduring appeal a decade into leading his shape-shifting brood of psych-metal maniacs. As his band demonstrated amply (and by that we mean by proficient use of amplifiers) during a steamrolling yet taut 90-minute set, Queens of the Stone Age are an old-school metal band in search of old-school kicks. At one time or another, its hedonistic quest and biker-rock appetites have attracted as members everybody from Nirvana's Dave Grohl to the Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan to ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

But it's also an outfit with both a sly sense of humor and playful sense of groove (the primped-out, pimped-out Prince-ly come-on of "Make It Wit Chu" was the outfit's refreshing attempt to dispense with the testosterone and all those pummeling Sabbath-style riffs, however briefly, and play something for the ladies out there). Homme was in fine, versatile voice on numbers such as the post-grunge of "You Would Know" and the desert-parched acid-rock of "Better Living Through Chemistry" and the band was never less than highly skilled, if visually somewhat staid..
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