ARTIST: Queens of The Stone Age.
VENUE: Leeds University Refectory.
REVIEW BY: Tom Bailey.
NOT wishing to sound prematurely old but upon walking into the sold-out Refectory the fact that I am, for first time in a long time, one of the youngest members of the audience, gets my evening off to a great start.
A quick look around and it’s refreshing to see that the older members of the audience are here purely for the band and not on babysitting duty for their 14-year-old son or daughter.
The reason why? Because tonight’s band, Queens of the Stone Age are not a band for the younger generations.
They, unlike most of there contemporaries, don’t need fancy gimmicks or a flashy image, just their music.
Providing the night’s only support was recently hyped British act In Case Of Fire.
After a mediocre start that failed to justify recent comparisons to Muse, by the end of the set their Mars Volta-esque vocals did eventually grow on the eager crowd, even if it was never going to blow anyone away.
With a devoted crowd now tanked up and ready for action after what seemed like an agonising wait, Josh Homme and his fellow Queens took to the stage in typical ultra cool fashion.
Their presence was felt immediately, wasting no time tearing into ‘Millionaire’. From then on the set can only be described as a non-stop onslaught of what the band have done so well for so many years; that distinctive blend of punk, heavy rock mixed with the odd elements of a psychedelic nature, all dripping head to toe in sleaze.
Granted tonight’s set may have drawn heavily from latest effort Era Vulgaris, with singles 3’s and 7’s and Sick Sick Sick providing obvious highlights.
But playing an hour and a half set allowed plenty of time for oldies such as Monster In The Parasol, Little Sister and Burn The Witch. Intense as the sun, there’s no question that – despite doubts ever since the departure of influential bassist Nick Oliveri in 2004 – the Queens have still got it.
This was a point only emphasised with a sublime encore of No One Knows and A Song For The Dead, both which impressively veered in and out of improvised segments.
When you consider how solid tonight’s set was, even with classics such as The Feel Good Hit of the Summer and Go With the Flow missing, it really makes you realise how consistent a band Queens have been over the last decade or so.
A perfect slice of aggression and attitude delivered by arguably one of the most talented and individual bands out there, leaving a hardened audience more than satisfied.
Simply put, you wouldn’t expect anything less.