The Queens of the Stone Age Rocks the Historic Florida Theatre
The Historic Florida Theatre was buzzing with excitement this past Monday February 3rd with the hard rock group that we just saw at the Grammys the week before. Playing with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham in an abbreviated performance Rolling Stone termed “gloriously weird”. QOTSA was also up for three Grammies, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance for the devastating wailer “My God Is The Sun”—and that’s not even the best song on the album.
QOTSA where all about doing shows on this tour in old Theaters, saying ““Well, we get a choice when we’re headlining. We love playing really beautiful old theaters that just feel good to be in, as opposed to the sterile nature of arenas. It’s more intimate, more magical.” bassist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Shuman (aka Mikey Shoes, who joined the band in 2007) also agreed that “the new material may resonate better in a theater setting.” But, even though the live set list—which the band changes every night—will certainly be built around …Like Clockwork, Shuman indicated that this performance would be a discography-spanning affair. Good news for all you older fan, like me, who can’t let go of Songs for the Deaf.
Many fans lined up at the majestic front entrance of the Florida Theatre wanting to get in early to see the opening act of CHELSEA WOLFE. She warmed up the crowd with her mystic theatrical sound and dark staging to her fans and I am sure many new fans.
As the masses huddled in the Grand Florida Theatre while having a drink or two before the main act “QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE” was to hit the stage, the buzz in the theatre was running wild the closer it time came for the band to hit the stage.
When the countdown that led into the high octane riffs of “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire,” the crowd rose to their feet with excitement and cheering ready to let QOTSA know that the fans have been waiting a long time to hear them in Jacksonville.
The Smokey top balcony stood and raised their fist to the beat of the music. Queens of the Stone Age had a rock and roll show on their hands.
Front Man Homme’s likability seems to come from being one with the crowd. He likes chatting with an audience members about personal things between songs, especially when they blurt out things to him about odd things like a DMC he had with one particular fan that was is rare form, then quickly to let the fan know this is his show and “when you get your own show you can speak all you want”.
A few songs later Homme’s notice something going on in the front row with security and spoke nicely to ask the staff to “chill out”, and “We’re all adults here. We’re having a good time. We don’t need our parents here to tell us what to do,” before rocking the fans with “Fair Weather Friend.”
The packed house did not go home disappointed with Homme and the queens delivered a three-song encore, consisting of extended versions of “Feel Good Hit of the Summer,” “I Appear Missing” and “Song for the Dead.” and leaving the stage with the crowd wanting more. Telling the audience that they had made a “Florida believer” said Homme’s.
As the crowd made is way out the theatre you can see it in their eyes that this was a show that they will remember for a long time to come, and that is what made this one hell of a show.