UK (Bristol), December 1, 2007 Review

artist: Queens of the Stone Age date: 12/03/2007 category: live concerts

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Queens of the Stone Age: UK (Bristol), December 1, 2007
The sound was as fantastic as could be expected considering my position in the audience.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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UK (Bristol), December 1, 2007 Reviewed by: red157, on december 03, 2007
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Sound: Ears still ringing and body still aching, I've chosen the morning after as the best time to write a review of only the second visit Queens Of The Stone Age have made to my hometown of Bristol in 8 years. The sound was as fantastic as could be expected considering my position in the audience, thrust against the front as waves of sound and distortion pounded over us. They still sounded incredible, though I would have preferred vocalist Josh Homme's microphone to be louder. // 10

Perfomance: Considering the Newcastle gig of two days previous was cancelled due to Homme having a chest infection, there were worries whether the show would go ahead at all, let alone be as strong as normal. These fears were of course unfounded, as the five men put on a genius show, brilliantly blending song from each of their five albums into the set. Despite every song managing to be a memorable experience, I do have particular favourites from the night. "Sick, Sick, Sick" is possibly my least favourite QOTSA song from their catalogue, but as the opener it worked wonders, whipping the crowd into a fevered excitement that lasted right until the end. Latest album outtake "Era Vulgaris" also sounded better Live, preceding the mighty "Avon", in which drummer Joey Castillo always gets to Shine. Possibly everyone's highlight was "You Can't Quit Me Baby", one of the greatest Queens songs turned into an 8+ minute example of how perfect the latest line-up are together. That's why the gig worked so well, fan favourites (Such as the perfect "In the Fade", losing nothing despite no Mark Lanegan) mixed seamlessly beside singles ("Go With the Flow" and "3's & 7's" for example). Even the setting suited the songs; what can only be described as disco-chandeliers fitting alongside EV high point "Misfit Love". // 10

Overall Impression: It's rare that an established band plays a venue as small as the Carling Academy in Bristol, yet Queens Of The Stone Age did it anyway, even despite it suitably pissing with rain (it being the start of December and all). Openers Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster were as suitably chaotic as both their albums would have you believe, the lead vocalist frequently on or amongst the crowd. All in all, despite a rather average response to them, they played well and hard, though I doubt I'd pay to see them alone. Having said that, compared to the energy and brilliance of QOTSA, they were easily the lowest point of the show. Compared to my favourite moment, the entirety of the anthemic "Feel Good Hit of the Summer", in which Homme managed to insert some Rick Astley to everyone's surprise. Even though the ticket prices were doubled for a band of their popularity, it was more than worth it and if I had the money, I'd have probably followed them all over the UK. // 10

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