Naturally, though, the crowd went wildest for the hardest-rocking tracks, especially "Sick, Sick, Sick" and "Go With the Flow." Both were performed with gleaming rock and roll precision that sent hundreds of cameraphones into the air. The biggest singalong of the night came during the encore, with the audience screaming right along with Homme's shopping list of intoxicants on "Feel Good Hit of the Summer." C-c-c-c-c-cocaine!
Given the Queens' history, all the feel-good hits may have to last us a while. While Homme has pledged that the band will re-enter the studio after this tour's conclusion, it wouldn't be terribly shocking if it's another six years or so before their next visit, and who knows what they might sound (and look) like by then.
On Sunday night, though, it was enough that the Queens of the Stone Age were alive, well and on top of their game, sending us home slicked with sweat in the middle of winter. Like clockwork, indeed.
Personal Bias: C-c-c-c-c-cocaine!
The Crowd: Pumped up, chatty millenials.
Overheard in the Crowd: "Oh, this is my shit! THIS IS THE SONG!"
Random Notebook Dump: Despite their preponderance of radio hits, QOTSA is all too happy to challenge their audience with some seriously long, shrill jams. Most of the audience was fully on board with that.
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