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Queens for the Stone Age Live at the Pacific Coliseum

Friday 26th, January 2018 / 19:01
By Jeevin Johal

Photo by Quinn Middleton

VANCOUVER – “Let’s get drunk and screw, shall we?” This is the philosophy by which Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme has lived his life for decades, igniting libidos and sending audience members home pregnant…or at the very least, having made some possibly regretful decisions beneath the veil of alcohol and rock n’ roll.

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Currently on tour in support of their new album Villains, their decision to draft super Producer Mark Ronson to helm the project, was initially met with some uncertainty. But even the skeptics came around once Homme and co. ripped through modern gems like “Feet Don’t Fail Me,” and “Domesticated Animals,” sprinkled amongst a sea of QOTSA classics. It’s clear these new tracks were meant for an arena setting, and they certainly triumphed in their goal of making suds fly and butts wiggle.

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The rest of the setlist consisted of an in depth tutorial of the Queens discography, as they jumped around from album to album, and even ripped through “Tangled up in Plaid,” from their 2005 album Lullabies To Paralyze, one of the most solid surprises of the night. The only dud might have been “Everybody Knows That Your Insane” from the same album, which let’s be honest, just kind of sucks. Even Homme himself stated, “I don’t think we’ve played that in 12 years…now I know why.” 

Let’s not let the towering, fire-headed lead singer and his sexy strut take all of the accolades, because the rest of the band were on fucking point. Queens has always been a revolving door of contributors, but its possible that the current lineup is the tightest its ever been…apologies to the Nick Oliveri purists. Former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore is a phenom behind the kit, and longtime collaborator Troy Van Leeuwen is one of the most entertaining guitarists in the biz, shredding and boogieing down while all the while never ruffling up his neatly pressed burgundy suit.

Of course it wouldn’t be a QOTSA gig without ending the evening with “A Song for the Dead,” from their seminal 2002 record, Songs for the Deaf, before sending fans off to the nearest drugstore for a sobering bottle of water and the most accurate pregnancy test.

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