Queens of the Stone Age – 5/9/2014 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

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Queens of the Stone played to a sold out crowd at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. Supporting their new album …Like Clockwork, the band bolstered their already incredible catalog of songs to their setlist. With that said…the band blew the proverbial roof off the place.

Actual setlist from the band. One lucky guy caught this when the band started throwing their swag into the audience.

Actual setlist from the band. One lucky guy caught this when the band started throwing their swag.

 

The Show:

The crowd was noticeably buzzing so the energy was palpable before Queens of the Stone Age even got up on stage. However, it soon went up to 11 once a countdown clock (they had to keep the “Clockwork” motif going somehow) ticked its way down to zero.

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Josh Homme and his band mates sauntered on stage and ripped into “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire” (from their seminal Songs for the Deaf album). It’s safe to say everyone suffered some hearing loss, but wow was it worth it! As soon as the first notes of “No One Knows” hit, the crowd roared and nodded their heads in unison.

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The band flawlessly kept the tempo of the show upbeat as they continued on with their radio friendly single “My God is the Sun.”

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The show was further augmented by the impressive lighting effects the band had set up. There were a couple of times where I felt like that guy who saw a double rainbow:

 

They finally slowed it down for the fans once they played their mellow but, at times, heavy “Kalopsia” off their new album.

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But given the brief respite, they still ramped it up with fan favorites “Make it Wit Chu” and “3′s and 7′s” to send the crowd into a frenzy.

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The show was just a huge success. Given Josh Homme recent health scare (he was technically dead for a moment), seeing this concert was doubly enjoyable.

The Beer:

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Miller and Coors seemed to be the headliners at all the taps. But $7 for a 12-ounce cup is a crime. In fact, this man knows a lot about the subject of gauging:

The cost of beer at these concert venues is too damn high!

The Crowd:

This was probably the peaceful crowd I’ve seen in quite some time. I don’t recall being a part of so many high-fives outside of a sporting event. Good vibes all around.

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Overall Rating:

9 .5 out of 10 stars – stellar show

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