i want a butt so perfect that men cry about it
Emma you absolutely already have that
To open with this is opening a gig right. I said to Gene before they started, ‘If they open with Millionaire I will poo, cry and then leave’. Thankfully I did none of those, but fuck me, I’ll be damned if I didn’t go absolutely mental, internally and a little externally. Those drums, the feeling in your chest when they come in, the grin on my face lit up the whole fucking arena. And then the riff, that goddamned riff comes in and it punches you in the chest. Absolutely brilliant.
Going straight into this tune made us think they were playing Songs For The Deaf, in full. The red themed stage setup furthered that inkling but alas it wasn’t to be. Still, absolutely flawless performance of this one. Everyone loves this song, if you don’t, you’re a moron.
Out of the entire massive arena that can seat up to like 50,000 people, we happened to be sitting a few rows away from a friend and a blast from the past who I was very, very happy to see. She said this tune reminds her of me, because I played it on bass religiously. The thumping DUM DUM riff started and she grabbed my arm and put her head on my shoulder and I’m not gonna lie, that was the best thing to happen since I was with her all those years ago. Good song, too.
I had no idea they played this, but I’m really glad they did. Probably my favourite tune from the new record, which, in my opinion, they played too many songs off.
They never play this, either, as far as I know, so when Josh introduced it I damn near wet myself. Excellent, excellent fun and a belter to sing along to. Really glad they played this one.
And then this happened. Are you fucking kidding me? Troy was holding the feedback, like on the live record, I thought they were going to play ‘I think I lost my headache’ so naturally, I was very happy. I actually said aloud, ‘Please please be what I think it is’. The lights washed blue over the stage, signalling a Rated R track. Josh started playing this and I won’t lie, I teared up. Un fucking believable, they haven’t played this live in forever, and to hear it, one of my favourite songs ever, let alone favourite QOTSA song, in the flesh was absolutely overwhelming. They jammed for a long time on this one, just like they were playing in a garage, and it was absolutely incredible.
Absolutely incredible to hear this. The bass riff, duh duh duh, duh duh, duh, duh duh, duh duh duh, beating in your fucking head, rumbling your sphincter and putting an enormous smile on your face. Another jam on this one, before stopping completely, the stage went dark and the crowd, oh my god the crowd, singing along, brought chills to my spine. Amazing what a command Josh had of that arena, man. So, so good.
Totally expected them to close with ‘I appear Missing’, as they have done a lot, recently, so when Josh said his goodbyes I was ready for it. But the opening riff was kinda washed out because the Entertainment Center sounds like dicks, so I had no idea what he was playing. Then, BOOM, the drum intro kicked in and again, the chills shot up through me. I was air drumming like a motherfucker. One of the greatest rock and roll song of all time, an enormous jam and a brilliant end to one of the best sets I’ve ever been a part of in my life. Thank you so much, QOTSA, it was absolutely awe-inspiring. I want your job, so, so badly.