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Queens of the Stone Age Live Review

Monday, 13 August 2018 14:10
Published in Underground News

Queens of the Stone Age

w/ Eagles of Death Metal

Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC

August 4, 2018

 

By Lawrence Denvir

 

Let’s face it, scalpers are fucking scum. Sure at times they can show usefulness in that odd time you choose to hit a show at the last minute, but mostly they create an artificial demand that inflates ticket prices – sometimes out of reach of true fans.

 

Step in Aurora with their Illumination concert series – a celebration of music, arts, legalization, and culture in all its diversity. It’s a chance for a handful of verified fans to see their favourite bands for free. And yes, due to the limited availability there will be those left outside the venue disappointed; however, those lucky enough to get inside will have a memorable night.

 

Case in point, Queens of the Stone Age with the Eagles of Death Metal at the Commodore Ballroom. With a capacity of just under a thousand people, the venue allowed fans to be treated to a pretty intimate experience with one of today’s biggest rock bands. Keep in mind this is the same band that, just back in January, packed Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum (capacity of 17,500).

 

The band blasted through a seventeen song set included a healthy mix from their extensive album catalogue. Josh Homme, frontman for Queens of the Stone Age, towered over the crowd with his imposing height. But regardless of his physically intimidating stature, fans felt welcome to dance around by his friendly demeanour and songs like “Feet Don’t Fail Me” and “The Way You Used To Do” – both off their latest album “Villains”.

 

The crowd bounced around while wristbands provided to them by Aurora were synchronized with the light show. Attendees were clearly energized by “No One Knows”, the song from QOTSA’s album “Songs for the Deaf” which brought mainstream attention to the band.

 

Personal highlights included the underrated “Turnin’ on the Screw” and the cowbell-infused “Little Sister” – the latter apparently a request a fan made earlier that day.

 

The opening act, Eagles of Death Metal warmed the crowd up with a high-energy set.

 

“I’m playing with my best friend in the whole world tonight,” quipped EODM frontman Jesse Hughes referring to Josh Homme. “I’m the luckiest motherfucker in this town tonight.” I’d say there were about a thousand fans who would disagree with you on that one, Jesse.

 

Aurora Cannabis is a community minded, Canadian owned and operated company. For more information on their products, services and the Illumination concert series, check out their social media platforms:

 

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Queens of the Stone Age set list:

1.       A Song for the Deaf

2.       Do it Again

3.       Feet Don't Fail Me

4.       The Way You Used to Do

5.       If I Had a Tail

6.       Misfit Love

7.       The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

8.       No One Knows

9.       The Evil Has Landed

10.   In the Fade

11.   My God Is the Sun

12.   Turnin' on the Screw

13.   Domesticated Animals

14.   Hangin' Tree

15.   Smooth Sailing

16.   Little Sister

17.   A Song for the Dead

 

 

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