After navigating through Santacon, and the Northeast’s first blizzard (a tie as to which was more annoying), Barclays Center loomed as a beacon of escape as I ascended the subway stairs Saturday night to catch The Kills and Queens of the Stone Age.
Playing to a very respectable and enthusiastic crowd, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince proved to be a somewhat unexpected surprise. Two years after Blood Pressures, the two hid away any rust and entertained the crowd with an energetic and lively set that never stopped. Although they’re currently working on new material for a followup, the opening set waxed nostalgic over oldies much to the pleasure of their dedicated fans, no doubt crossed over from the Queens camp. Mosshart was wild as ever, tearing up the stage while Hince played a decidedly more reserved role — nary an interaction together on stage. Highlights included jagged renditions of “No Wow”, “DNA”, and “Kissy Kissy”. They can’t come back soon enough.
Live Act of the Year Queens of the Stone Age didn’t nab a sold out crowd, though the thousands present were quite devoted, screaming and hollering during their mix of old and newer material (mostly old, to be fair). Josh Homme consistently delivers as a frontman, and he treated Brooklyn to his best features, crooning through 20 songs that echoed much of their excellent festival sets of the past year. Surprisingly, however, the darker, somber hymns off this year’s …Like Clockwork felt almost too intimate for the cavernous expanse of Barclays. Who knew?
Ultimately, it was a great escape. And a warm one.
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