UK (Reading), December 4, 2007
frusciante_50, on december 07, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Josh Homme is without doubt the coolest man I have ever seen. Cool is like a smell on HIM, he oozes it. He is effortlessly charismatic, and this is transmitted in his style of performance. His voice can range from a low gravelly growl (shown perfectly when playing the role of Mark Lanegan) to a withdrawn falsetto tone (used on Make It Wit Chu). Having heard that Homme had been suffering from a chest infection, I was not expecting an awe inspiring vocal performance. Josh suprised me, and then surpassed my expectations, by delivering CD standard tones, with the added Live effect. QOTSA used a range of Vintage guitars and keyboards. They are reknowned for their heavy, bassy guitar sound, and when delivered Live, it hits you like a brick wall. The sound inside the 4000 capacity Reading Rivermead was fantastic. The music was rife with improvisations and guitar screams, that you only hear at a gig, while Homme and co are firing on all cylinders. // 10
Perfomance: Homme had the audience in the palm of his hand thoughout the night. He swaggered on stage, and said "This is the last show of our UK tour and its good to see you." They then launched headfirst into "Sick, Sick, Sick" and had the crowd spellbound. Setlist (from what I can remember):
Sick Sick Sick - strobes a plenty helped whip the crowd into a frenzy.
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer - big riffs, pounding vocals.
Do It Again - I instantly recognised the drum upbeat, and sang heartily along to one of my favourite Queens songs.
Leg Of Lamb - a lesser known Rated R song, but I sang along regardless.
3's And 7's - a new song, slotted perfectly into the set. Face melting solo on the end.
Turnin' On The Screw - another new track.
Hangin' Tree - Josh Homme taking over vocals from Mark Lanegan.
Burn The Witch - ultimate sing along riff!
Make It Wit Chu - downbeat song, boosted by a great improvised solo.
Little Sister - Josh amazed the crowd with the outro slide solo.
Song For The Dead - my favourite Queens song. Delivered with skill and conviction, with Josh and Troy improvising most of the verse fills.
Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret - "This is a song about f--king" said Josh before leaping into the intro riff.
Go With The Flow - a lot of the crowd wanted to hear No One Knows, but this turned out to be an ample replacement.
The stage was decorated with chandeliers, and during Feel Good Hit Josh climbed on an amp, and rubbed his guitar along one of the stands, creating a Matt Belllamy style feedback. // 10
Overall Impression: The gig took place at Reading Rivermead, on the 4th December 2007. The concert room was like a large High School gym, and you could see folded Basketball nets in the ceiling. The opening act were The Eighties Matchbox And The B-Line Disaster. My friend (fellow UGer mon_the_fraser) was distinctly underwhelmed, but he has been to far fewer gigs than I have, and therefore has not experienced just how poor some support acts can be. They did a great job of pumping up the crowd, with heavy guitars, and Eddie Vedder style vocals, with some added screaming. The ticket cost 19.50, which was an absolute bargain. The gig was worth far more than the price of the ticket. The most unforgettable moment of the show had to be when Josh teased the crowd by playing the intro riff to Song For The Dead, and then stopping, and only starting again, when the crowd were so loud that you could not hear him anyway. If mon_the_fraser gets his arse in gear and books tickets, I will definetly be at their next gig. I loved them, as you can see, I had a lot to say. // 10