Concert Review: Queens of the Stone Age at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. – May 6, 2014

  • Openers: Chelsea Wolfe
  • Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN
  • May 6, 2014
  • Photos and Published by Joe Stadele on May 8, 2014

“We got the clap together, it’s totally curable.  All you have to do is take the following things,” said Josh Homme during “Feel Good Hit of the Summer.”  While he was attemping to get the audience to clap in unison, in his standard Homme wit he connectedQOTSA ©JS14 (1) “the clap” with the chorus of his song.  The cure being, of course, “Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol…”  Tongue-in-cheek, of course, but just a taste of the off kilter humor you might expect at a Queens of the Stone Age concert.

With the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild going head-to-head next door, it almost felt ironic Queens of the Stone Age took the stage and drowned out the noise of the neighboring chaos with with their lead tracks off Songs For The Deaf’s “You Thing I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire” and “No One Knows.”  And while the band came out firing on all cylinders, there was a Nick Oliveri shaped whole which had me pondering, “…what if!?!” (Oliveri was a founding member of QOTSA and a former band member in Kyuss. While Queens is clearly Homme’s vehicle, Oliveri made an exceptional passenger that brought a primal scream X-factor to the duo which has been missed over the past 10 years.)  Regardless, the band was tight and loaded the set with rockers, mixing between new favorites “My God Is The Sun” and “Smooth Sailing” with oldies “I’m Designer,” “Sick, Sick, Sick” and “Little Sister”.  Contrasting the rockers, the band also spent time exploring the quieter side of the catalog with “…Like Clockwork” and hilariously titled oldie b-side, “The Fun Machine Took A Shit And Died.”

QOTSA ©JS14 (5)Retaking stage for one last hurrah, a white spotlight revealed a reflective Homme on piano to the tune of “The Vampyre of Time and Memory.” Singing about his purpose and place within his band and, really, life…the band elevated Homme drenched in red to the sides of him.  But wasting, little time, the band had the audience clapping (see above), dancing and head-banging with “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and an extended “A Song For The Dead.” Ensuring the show was over, Homme knocked over his microphone and Jon Theodore’s drum set.  And with a bow and some waves goodbye…no one seemed to care about the hockey game next door.
Mixing humor with rock swagger, Homme has always had an incredible stage presence and can easily command a crowd (even in the acoustically terrible Roy Wilkins Auditorium).  After 15 years of albums, tours and side projects (see: My Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones), it’s great to Josh Homme enjoying the fruits of his labor with Queens of the Stone Age.

Setlist

You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire
No One KnowsQOTSA ©JS14 (17)
Avon
My God Is The Sun
Burn The Witch
Smooth Sailing
…Like Clockwork
If I Had A Tail
I’m Designer
Little Sister
Kalopsia
I Appear Missing
I Sat By The Ocean
Make It Wit Chu
The Fun Machine Took A Shit And Died
Sick, Sick, Sick
Go With The Flow
Encore
The Vampyre Of Time And Memory
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
A Song For The Dead

 

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