The Eagles of Death Metal are one of the few rock bands that you can count on.
Jesse Hughes AKA. The Devil AKA. Boots Electric, is a larger than life character. With his rugged rock-star charm and a heartfelt genuineness he makes for an intriguing front person. One that will win you over, again and again.
The tour made a stop in Vancouver last night at the fabulous Commodore Ballroom.
The night started off with a solid set from War Baby. A local grunge-influenced noise rock band with piles of attitude and a simple yet solid delivery. They had some of the crowd hesitant at first, but by the midway mark the floor was alive with heads a rocking. This three piece has a fantastic sound – check ’em out.
After a thirty minute interlude, the lights were swallowed by the darkness and four silhouettes strutted on to the stage.
The band rolled into their set, starting things off with Bad Dream Mama off their 2004 release Peace Love Death Metal.
The delivery was tight. Dave Catching AKA. Davey Jo AKA. Darlin’ Dave effortlessly worked his six string, stirring up gritty powerful tones that highlighted each song. Matt McJunkins ripped on his base, commanding attention with each flick of the wrist. Jeff Friedl attacked the drums with robot like precision. Never a moment of strain even crossed his face, yet the rhythmic rapping drove the core of each song into your bones. Jesse was the cherry on top. His presence on stage is completely captivating. He is the epitome of the rock ‘n’ roll archetype, yet he manages to be real and humble and grounded.
The songs came in rapid succession, jumping between all their studio albums. It was a well blended selection, that appealed to many level of fans.
The inter-song banter from Hughes added a nice touch to the night. At one point he had everyone shout – Happy Birthday, Just in case anyone was celebrating.
After a heap of sweat, a 2 hour set, and a show closing display that saw a guitar-off and concluded with a dozen or so women being brought on stage to take a bow with a shirtless Boots Electric, the night was over.
The crowd filtered out of the venue quite quickly, and all they left behind was a litter of plastic cups and whatever else was dropped during the beautiful chaos.
It was a fantastic display. Something that was surely needed on a gloomy Thursday night in downtown Vancouver; a night of pure unadulterated rock and fucking roll.
One would hope that Jesse, David, Matt, and Jeff will keep touring and come back sometime soon, and that Jesse won’t leave another 7 year break between albums.
This world needs more musicians like them. Well done.
Bad Dream Mama
Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)
Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)
Wannabe in L.A.
Stuck in the Metal
I Got a Feelin (Just Nineteen)
Now I’m a Fool
I Like to Move in the Night
I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)
Takin’ Care of Business (Bachman-Turner Overdrive cover) (Boots Electric solo)
Kiss the Devil (Boots Electric solo)
San Berdoo Sunburn (Boots Electric solo)
Midnight Creeper (Boots Electric solo)
I Only Want You
Speaking in Tongues