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Eagles of Death Metal + The Delta Riggs @ Rickshaw Theatre – July 15th 2017

Boots Electric and the Eagles of Death Metal

The Rickshaw Theatre was dominated Saturday night by hard rockers Eagles of Death Metal, and if you were lucky enough to get tickets, you were in for a treat.

The Delta Riggs

The Delta Riggs, a dominating psych-rock band, opened the show. All the way from Melbourne (though they choose to identify as “OUTERSPACE AUSTRALIANS”), lovable lead singer Elliot Hammond dominates the stage, telling amusing anecdotes and seemingly changing his wardrobe slightly every song. The band’s sound was perhaps the finest compliment to the Eagles of Death Metal I could imagine. These boys rock hard. Their sound delivery, stage demeanor, and intensity are absolutely on point, and their music is full of life and hope (mixed in with a little piss and vinegar).

Eagles of Death Metal

The main act, though. There’s nothing quite like having one band knock you senseless and another sweep you off your feet. First, I just want to say that, without a doubt, the Eagles of Death Metal are the best-looking band in the business. Between guitarist Davey Jo’s magnificent beard, bassist Jennie Vee’s luxuriant blonde locks, drummer Jorma Vik’s badass outfit, guitarist Eden Galindo’s roguish smile, and lead singer Jesse Hughes’ splendid mustache, they are a band that has truly nailed the visual concert experience (and don’t even get me started on Josh Homme).

Of course, they certainly don’t slack on the other senses either. Davey Jo has the incredible ability to take an elementary guitar line and transform it into the perfect music to throw your hands in every direction to.  It’s the sort of music that penetrates every pore in your body, compelling you to rock out. Their ability to slyly lampoon such rock tropes as eternal love and living the cool rock star lifestyle while toeing the line of metal, rock, and blues is unparalleled. Towards the end of “Speaking in Tongues”, the band members took turns playing solos, and each of them demonstrated beyond all doubt their prowess on their instrument. Watching the masters at work was truly a remarkable sight.

Setlist

  1. I Only Want You
  2. Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)
  3. Complexity
  4. Save a Prayer
  5. Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)
  6. Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
  7. Cherry Cola
  8. Flames Go Higher
  9. Secret Plans
  10. Wannabe in L.A.
  11. I Love You All The Time

Encore

  1. Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover)
  2. I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)
  3. Speaking in Tongues

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