Concert Review: Queens of the Stone Age at House of Blues

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Offering mostly nostalgia for longtime fans, Queens of the Stone Age revisited their entire self-titled debut album, and at least one track from each of their subsequent releases, for a sold-out crowd at House of Blues last night.

The band came out five deep, led by their founder and only original member, Josh Homme. They played straight through the 1998 release from the first track to the last, varying the order a little to throw in “The Bronze” before breaking.

With three guitarists, and Joey Castillo pounding super deep sounds out of his kit, the overall presentation was powerful. The strength was most noticeable during “Hispanic Impressions,” on which Homme and bassist Michael Shuman play together before Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita join in on guitar, adding noticeable muscle.

Strangely, there were no rearrangements; just the album, from the first track to the last, plain and simple — nothing that brought a fresh perspective from a band reconnecting with songs 13 years old.

Homme’s character was more or less center stage, and he took time in between songs to ask how everyone was doing and make sure the guy in the front row wasn’t dying. “Get him some mashed potatoes,” he said to help the woozy fan. “Just get him some water and rub his back or something.”

After the first encore touched on hits from the remaining QOTSA albums, the band showed further commitment to the packed audience, popping back out a second time, playing “A Song for the Dead” for a woman whom Homme admitted had the same name as the first girl he ever slept with, capping off an entertaining night of nostalgia. —Adam Burroughs

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