Queens of the Stone Age and Chelsea Wolfe Destroy the Fillmore Miami Beach

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Check out Crossfade's full 47-photo slideshow of Queens of the Stone Age and Chelsea Wolfe at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Queens of the Stone Age
With Chelsea Wolfe
Fillmore Miami Beach
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Better Than: Those sad years when Queens of the Stone Age stopped being a band, the Dwarves gig at Churchill's a few years back, and any recent Kyuss reboot.

It's been 11 years since Queens of the Stone Age last performed in South Florida. In that intervening decade-plus, frontman and figurehead Josh Homme and his perpetually evolving lineup of collaborators have gone from a period of dormancy (that many presumed to mark the band's end) to a level of acclaim that we believe signals its arrival as the most important rock 'n' roll band of its generation.

Riding in on a wall of sputtering feedback, thunderclap drums, and machismo-drenched croons, Homme and crew made their triumphant return to South Florida last night, destroying the Fillmore Miami Beach with a ringing affirmation that -- despite popular opinion -- Miami is absolutely a rock 'n' roll town, and Queens of the Stone Age is a damn near infallible force of nature.

See also: Queens of the Stone Age on Rock Greatness: "It's Like a Magic Trick, Like Mind Control"

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Check out Crossfade's full 47-photo slideshow of Queens of the Stone Age and Chelsea Wolfe at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

The show was opened by dark texturalist Chelsea Wolfe. Though Wolfe's appearance didn't receive much pre-concert press in these parts, her performance proved to be a powerful and entirely engrossing experience that won over a rather obnoxious early crowd.

Fuzzy bass and distressed synths rumbled through the venue's lush halls as cylinders of purple light searched the stage tirelessly.

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The band's atmospheric sound and experimental din was unified by Wolfe's voice, whose delicate dispatches and massive cries sliced through walls of reverb, lacing the often atonal whir with lush melodies.

Challenging, cinematic, altogether beautiful, the set made it easy to see why a band like Queens of the Stone Age -- no strangers to dissonance and feedback -- brought Wolfe on tour (not to mention the fact that Queens collaborator and confidant, Mark Lanegan, covered one of her tracks on his last album).

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So strong was Wolfe's performance that the crowd, initially too overcome by excitement and alcohol to pay attention, was clearly rapt by the time that the final notes of "We Hit a Wall" arrived.

The set ended in a cacophony of harsh noise and roving white light that would have been just as at home at Churchill's International Noise Conference.

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As Queens of the Stone Age took the stage, a set designed to look like a 50-foot tall film negative counted down and flashed grainy video images.

The crowd shouted out the numbers appearing on the screen until the pulsing fuzz guitar of "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire" transformed the gathering of (moderately) civilized people into a ball of directionless energy.


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The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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19 comments
David Oves
David Oves

We don't have a rock station anymore...I have to get my rocks off in internet radio lol

Alex Blandon
Alex Blandon

No, we're not. We don't even have a rock station.

Osmin Head Morales
Osmin Head Morales

I saw them at Lollapalooza last year and they were disappointing......

Adrian Rivera
Adrian Rivera

Also can anyone please provide a setlist for Chelsea Wolfe? Ive got a few songs she played last night but want the whole list. Thanks!!!

Adrian Rivera
Adrian Rivera

That guy, in the last pic, with the red shirt screaming at Josh. Thats me haha.

Zenel Garcia
Zenel Garcia

It was an outstanding performance by a great band. They need to visit more often.

Dirk DeSouza
Dirk DeSouza

A spectacular show. Their singular vision of doom boogie rock is without peer.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

I don't think "decimating" means what you think it means.

Tamara Munoz Cid
Tamara Munoz Cid

why the F*CK did I miss this??? i was not aware that they were here =( Ignacio Martinez Gallardo so sad!

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