Queens of the Stone Age at The O2, Dublin – Photos and Review
Queens of the Stone Age – The O2, Dublin
November 17th, 2013
A night of fun filled raw passion at Dublin’s O2 last night where American Rock legends, Queens of the Stone Age took to the stage. There was an air of excited anticipation you could almost touch and once those lights go down, there is no turning back. The arena went dark and the place filled with screams as a countdown from 60 appeared on the screen behind the stage reminiscent of a classic movie. As the countdown neared its close cheers of 5,4,3,2,1 from the eager crowd and the place was bouncing to the opening song You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire.
An amazing lighting display backs the stage which quickly turns into a massive digital screen for an incredible graphics exhibition. As expected, it was a near full house and at times the cheers were deafening, a great advertisement of the hosting venue. Predictably, the biggest cheers came for the old fan favourites and it was no different on the introduction of No One Knows. The animated crowd bounced from side to side, moving as one involuntarily, often a couple of feet at a time as the music grew faster and louder.
The night continued to build, with no end in sight and sweaty brows aplenty, songs old and new including The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret, and to a massive reception, the title track from their latest album …Like Clockwork, which gave us a real view into the musical development of the band over the past few years.
Josh Homme, as ever the perfect front man, interacted with the crowd throughout the show, at one point even sharing a quip from their last visit to Ireland. Describing the disgusting scent of McDonalds in their van back to the hotel, only to find one reveller munching on fast food who had snuck onto the bus. A chorus of boos rang out as Homme described throwing the Dubliner off the bus, but was soon followed by loud cheers and laughter as the guy chased the bus all the way back to the hotel (all the while still holding his burger) where they drank with the fan until dusk!
From the album ‘Lullabies to Paralyze’, came the next tune and the biggest cheer of the night so far with Little Sister. The sound of the opening cow bell was the big giveaway for all fans alike. Next was a quick change of tack by the band, moving from their rockier numbers to a more mellow funky sound with the introduction of Smooth Sailing and the distinctive Make it Wit Chu. This lured people into a false sense of security, as we dived head first into the mosh-tastic Sick, Sick, Sick. But this crowd were not to be fooled and carnage ensued from the opening notes. Bodies were flying everywhere of excited concert goers crashing into each other on the ground floor standing area which continued with the 2 anthemic tunes in Better Living Through Chemistry and the last song before the encore Go With the Flow.
But it wasn’t over yet and with the crowd baying for more, QOTSA returned to the stage and performed 2 more tracks from ‘…Like Clockwork’: The Vampyre of Time and Memory and I Appear Missing. This just added fuel to the fire and for one last hurrah the troops gathered into one big mosh circle. They knew what was coming and it was confirmed by the opening riff of Song for the Dead as once again the crowd exploded into life in tune with the band.
A massive 21 song setlist, a fantastic lighting and graphics display and certainly a great time had by all. Queens of the Stone Age really know how to push all the buttons and were in fine form, just like the fans.
Setlist QOTSA O2, Dublin
- You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
- No One Knows
- My God Is the Sun
- Burn the Witch
- The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
- Monsters in the Parasol
- I Sat by the Ocean
- …Like Clockwork
- Misfit Love
- If I Had a Tail
- Little Sister
- Fairweather Friends
- Smooth Sailing
- Make It Wit Chu
- Sick, Sick, Sick
- Better Living Through Chemistry
- Go With the Flow
- The Vampyre of Time and Memory
- I Appear Missing
- Song for the Dead
Review by Pat Byrne
Photos by David Doyle