Queens of the Stone Age came to Houston for a sold out Sunday night showcase at Bayou Music Center. After a long weekend of music that took me all over the map from Yuck to Paul Simon to Wild Moccasins to Sting to Superchunk to Queens, my energy was a bit on the drained side, but nothing can give me more energy than strapping on my camera and shooting a rock show.
And a rock show is certainly what we got. QOTSA frontman Josh Homme has perfected that suave lead singer/bad-ass guitarist combination, which has helped to vault the band to the successes they’ve seen over the past ten years. Yeah, they’ve got those Buzz rockers that many folks came to hear (including myself, as I’ve never been a regular listener), but it was their non-radio material that really shined throughout the performance.
I didn’t realize how much of their show relied on the quality playing of the band. I figured, mainly based to what I’ve heard from them on the radio, that we’d be hearing a ton of words from Homme through the night. But they focused on what people came to hear — the music. They fucking rocked. They played twelve minute improvisational rockers on top of their already tried and tested tracks, and at times reminded me of some of my favorite jam bands. After looking around, I noticed a few Dead shirts in the crowd. Guess I’m not the only one that’s made that comparison.
There’s a reason that QOTSA have become as big as they are, commanding such a large audience on a Sunday of a very busy musical weekend in Houston. They are just really good at what they do — true performers. I’m guessing their next stop in town will be at a much bigger venue, as the sold out crowd probably could’ve been joined by several more fans if the room would’ve allowed it. It’s cool to see a band of this size right before they become huge. I mean, they’re already pretty damn big, but they’re about to make that final leap into superstardom.
Glad I could catch them before they do.
Check out a bunch of photos after the jump.