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A Friday Rock Show at Terminal 5

March 28th, 2011

Queens of the Stone Age – Terminal 5 – March 25, 2011

Queens of the Stone Age - Terminal 5 - March 25, 2011
Appropriate for a band of their stature, Queens of the Stone Age fit an arena-sized show into Terminal 5 on Friday night. In between songs from their 1998 self-titled album (which they are playing in full at each stop on this tour to help celebrate its rerelease), lead singer Josh Homme showed his veteran rocker chops by playing to the crowd’s favor. “This city isn’t a bunch of fucking sheep—it’s a bunch of individuals,” he proclaimed between cigarette puffs.

The band took time working through the classic debut album, spending just more than an hour on the 11 fuzz-heavy tracks while throwing in some musical embellishments along the way. Guitar solos at times bounced among the three members with axes, making as much fun as they could out of songs more than a decade old. But returning for their first encore, Homme reset the tone: “Now we’re just here to have fun. The hard part’s over.” More familiar tracks like “Little Sister” seemed to rock a bit harder without the weight of reminiscence hanging over them.

A second round of encore performances featured an even looser and more fun attitude, as the band grinned through the sweet-sounding “Make It wit Chu” and rounded out the night with their megahit, “No One Knows.” The totally professional rockers that they are, Queens of the Stone Age showed they can mix nostalgia, swagger and a whole arena’s worth of rock into any venue they play, giving the crowd more than their money’s worth. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com