Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe, Mark Houghman
Gibson Ampetheater, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, August 17, 2013
So I’m sitting around Friday night, can’t remember what I’m doing exacting, but chances are it had something to do with either my left or right thumb. I get a text on my phone that read, “What are you doing tomorrow night?” Now my dilemma. First it’s from a female friend, will the wife trip? Secondly, do I tell my friend about the left and right thumb situation? Probably not. So I text back, “What’s happening tomorrow?” Turns out my friend had an extra ticket to see Queens of The Stone Age and wanted me to come with. The wife seemed ok with it so I said OK.
Now I know absolutely nothing about this band other than the singer’s name and that he married Tim Armstrong’s ex. But what the hell, you only live a couple of times.
My friend picked me up in her cool-ass rental car. If I was younger and bit hipper, I’d say she was ballin’, but I’m not, so I’ll say it was a cool car. We got to Universal Hill at 6:45-7:00. Waited a bit and found our seats. Just a bit left of the stage and no one in our way.
Mark Houghman, the first opening act played from 8:00-8:30. Houghman is a British (I think) musician that seemed to have an early Bowie vibe to him. Kind of cool hooks, a few Kinks-sounding guitar riffs. Short set.
The second opening act, Chelsea Wolfe, performed from 8:50-9:30. I’m not exactly sure how to describe her sound. A bit of a Kate Bush influence but much louder and more electronic. The crowd seemed really enjoy her. I’m still out on the set. Almost all the vocals were done through a synthesizer and I had a hard time deciphering lyrics.
Her forty-minute set was a good introduction to her sound.
The headliner of the night, Queens of the Stone Age, played an almost two hour set from 9:45-11:30. They played twenty songs from their seventeen-year career.
This was their entire set:
1. My God Is the Sun
2. You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
3. No One Knows
4. Burn the Witch
5. Monsters in the Parasol
6. Hangin’ Tree
8. Long Slow Goodbye
9. …Like Clockwork
10. If I Had a Tail
11. Little Sister
12. Smooth Sailing
13. Make It Wit Chu
14. I Sat by the Ocean
15. Better Living through Chemistry
16. Sick, Sick, Sick
17. Go with the Flow
Lights stayed off, band left, then five minutes later the encore started:
18. The Vampyre of Time and Memory
19. I Appear Missing
20. A Song for the Dead
Within a day the set was posted on YouTube: Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2eU-EUyd2Q
Now throughout the set my female companion for the night kept asking me for my thoughts and opinions of QOTSA’s music/set. And to be completely honest I couldn’t answer. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. They’d do a rock song, then a bouncy pop song, then a lounge-type thing and then do a Goth-sounding tune. I sat there kind of lost. I’m not saying I hated them, but as I write this I still wouldn’t be able to tell you what I saw. But the Gibson was so packed, wall-to-wall, so I know I’m probably alone in my thoughts here.
Now after leaving Universal Hill we did what I always loved to do in the old day, hit Denny’s. Nowadays, with all my friends creeping towards fifty no one wants to go for coffee or Denny’s. They just head home to their oxygen tanks and Geritol.
LIFE WON’T WAIT will be out August 2013, reserve a copy today: http://tiny.cc/rutyvw