Live review: Queens of the Stone Age @ the Ogden TheatreBy Paul Custer and Nathan Iverson | April 11th, 2011 | 2 comments
Supporting the re-release of their eponymous debut, the band warmed the crowd by playing the album in sequential order. The 1-2-3 punch of “Regular John,” “Avon” and “If Only” worked the audience into a frenzy and from there the band never let up. Even the repetitive “low points” on “QOTSA” (“Walkin’ On The Sidewalks,” “You Would Know” and “Hispanic Impression”) sounded vital and rejuvenated by Josh Homme and his crew of marksmen. Highlights from the latter half of the record were “Mexicola” (the high watermark) and album closer, “I Was A Teenage Hand Model.” But the show didn’t stop there.
After a 30 second intermission, the band came back and absolutely slayed the Ogden, running through eight well-chosen songs from their catalog, including “Burn The Witch,” “Go With The Flow” and “Make It Wit Chu,” which Josh called “a song for the ladies.” In anyone else’s hands, this declaration might have sounded cheesy, but Homme exuded an effortless cool all night. After a steady build, the band iced the cake with “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” followed by an earth-rattling “Song For the Dead.” The entire performance felt like one long crescendo, continually rising to its frantic peak, and when the set came to a close the audience streamed into the street, buzzing and dazed from the pure adrenaline.
If the transcendent performance Friday night at the Ogden is any indication of what’s to come for the band, QOTSA will continue to sell out venues for years to come, and for good reason. The sheer sound of their live set is so thick and powerful that it’s hard to imagine a show this year that will top it.
Paul Custer is a Denver-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb.
Nathan Iverson is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb.