Barrowland Ballroom Reviews

Queens of the Stoneage

Come On Down to Queens Stoneage Home

Thu 16 Nov 00

Over the past six months, Queens Of The Stone Age have leapt up the evolutionary ladder. Spurred on by a lack of competition and one of the year’s best word-of-mouth albums Rated R, this Californian band are attracting more guests to their dynamic rock party. This show had to be moved from a smaller venue to accommodate the demand.

Despite the troglodyte name, Queens Of The Stone Age were not some numbskull heavy metal pantomime. That service was provided by support band Monster Magnet instead. Following their hilarious posturing, Queens were a streamlined treat, drawing on punk and garage rock for their exhilarating sound.

Bald of head but long of beard, Nick Oliveri cut an intimidating figure as he punched out the arresting, economical opening chords of Feel Good Hit Of The Summer, a headlong rush of a song built round a chorus which dispassionately lists various narcotic substances. It is the Queens’ idea of a sing along number. Singer/guitarist Josh Homme is the group’s creative epicenter, Oliveri his sidekick. Backed by some powerhouse musicians, they demonstrated fluently why Queens of the Stone Age are currently being hailed as America’s most exciting rock band since Nirvana.

Fiona Shepherd
Monday, 20th November 2000
The Scotsman


 This review by Fiona Shepherd was originally featured on the Scotsman's Culture Review Page




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