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.

"No One Knows" followed the opener, "Millionaire," and brought the full force of a now warmed-up Queens of the Stone Age to bear upon the capacity crowd.

The song's churning, rollicking bridge brought the crowd to a boil as Homme and company dug even deeper into their element, seeking magic as they carefully pieced together the deceptively complex mayhem of these now-classic bangers.

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The band's recent successes were highlighted by the crowd's reaction to "My God Is the Sun," the first single off the band's Grammy nominated ...Like Clockwork, which was welcomed by the same surge of energy generated by beloved Songs for the Deaf tracks.

The set was an absolute bacchanal of guitar-laden rock 'n' roll perfection. Each song yielded its own feverish moments of distorted, sputtering, screaming guitar histrionics, but Homme's squalling revision of Billy Gibbons' "Burn the Witch" guitar solo was perhaps the string-instrument highlight of the night.

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While also pulling incendiary bombers from deep within its catalog, the group still relished showing off the new material, which exudes a maturity not previously seen in Queens' work. Of course, with that maturity comes the challenge of making newer songs built around somber piano and syrupy tempos ("...Like Clockwork," "The Vampyre of Time and Memory") match the intensity of older songs' ungoverned rock 'n' roll madness.

Fortunately, the band gave wholly dynamic performances of its most recent tracks, which only helped to further build tension and frame a band that has grown from its roots as reckless heroes of stoner-rock to fully fledged keepers of the rock 'n' roll spirit for the millennial generation.

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"...Like Clockwork" began with jack-of-all-trades, Dean Fertita, seemingly alone beneath a spotlight and gently working piano keys until Josh Homme reappeared, a face obscured only by the smoke that slowly rose from a freshly lit cigarette, the portrait of an artist surely still coming to grips with the unprecedented amount of introspection present in the new record's material.

Homme's current crew, featuring longtime guitar foil Troy Van Leeuwen (and his awesome doubleneck Fender guitar), bassist Mike Shuman, the aforementioned Dean Fertita, and new drummer, Jon Theodore (formerly of Mars Volta fame), brought everything one would expect of this band.

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Everything played last night was in its right place, but without ever losing the immediacy and edge that's always defined Queens of the Stone Age.

Homme acknowledged how great the Miami crowd was several times, genuinely surprised by the reaction and saying "We need to come here more often! You guys are drunk and crazy and ready for anything!" and "We had no idea what you would be and we're so thankful that you're you!"

The night ended with a massive guitar battle between Homme and Van Leeuwen during an extended version of "Song for the Dead," which saw the two revel in the trading of riffs, with each bent note or squeaking harmonic a wink or nod to the other. An actual perfect show if there ever was.

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Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: You may count me among the fans.

Queens of the Stone Age's Setlist:
-"You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire"
-"No One Knows"
-"My God is the Sun"
-"Burn the Witch"
-"Smooth Sailing"
-"Misfit Love"
-"...Like Clockwork"
-"Turnin' on the Screw"
-"If I Had a Tail"
-"Kalopsia"
-"Little Sister"
-"Fairweather Friends"
-"In the Fade"
-"I Sat by the Ocean"
-"Make it Wit Chu"
-"I Appear Missing"
-"Sick, Sick, Sick"
-"Go With the Flow"

Encore
-"The Vampyre of Time and Memory"
-"Feel Good Hit of the Summer"
-"Song for the Dead"

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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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