QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE MASTODON LIVE AT THE NOKIA THEATER 10 29 07

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Could Josh Homme’s ego possibly be more bloated at this
point? “This is a song about fuckin’,” he says with a satisfied chuckle, surely
attempting to rile up a crowd who’d no doubt been bored stiff by the
unintelligible mess Mastodon made of their set. Well yukety fucking yuk, Josh,
but the joke’s on you because you’re a white trash pile of dusty,
desert-mongering rattlesnake shit, you swollen-headed twat. For starters, the
Nokia Theater seats about 7,000 people. Sure, it was a Monday night and tickets
were forty fudge-packing dollars, but there must’ve been a good 5,000 heads
milling around by the time Queens came on. Now if they
gave two shits about their unfortunate fans, they would’ve charged half the
price, played the entirety of Songs for
the Deaf
, closed with a cover of Alan’s
Wrench
, and promptly hung themselves backstage. But because we know Josh is
a smug, self-indulgent rockstar, they labored through most of the new gibberish
which half a liter of whiskey can’t even make interesting. It also appears that
the band just doesn’t care about playing live anymore because they’ve got
absolutely no stage presence. They looked tired, and so did the crowd. My
brother actually fell asleep.

But who can blame Queens for sucking?
The acoustics at the Nokia make the Whisky a Go-Go sound like the fucking Walt
Disney Concert Hall. Don’t even get me started on the outdoor bar/Wolfgang Puck
pizza tent, where a plastic sippy-cup of Jack n’ Coke was going for eight
dollars. Inflated prices and underwhelming performances aside, the most
infuriating part of going to shows in Los Angeles
is the hipster factor. They stream down from the surrounding Los
Feliz/Hollywood hillsides with the fury of a Wendol fireworm, making obnoxious
everything in their path. Half of the people at the show were there to be seen
rather than to see the show. Many of them mingled in the lobby with cocktails
held at a precise tilt, pinky fingers extended to the most annoying degree.
Mastodon, bless them, brought in enough scum to partially combat the scenester
influx. Unfortunately, they pulled just as many lanky hardcore kooks in stupid
Halloween costumes who’d never heard of the band before Blood Mountain.

Speaking of Mastodon, they were sincerely dreadful. Their
set was a long, muddled string of racket; I could hardly decipher one song
from the other. They tend to put on pretty good shows so I can only come back
to blaming the Nokia—it might be comfortable, clean, spacious, and wonderfully
lit, but fuck me if I haven’t heard more clarity at a high school talent show.
Masters of molten metal my ass! Now that they’re flourishing with big-dollar
backing and Hommeian endorsement, it remains to be seen whether or not they’ll
turn to complete shit. I hope not. What surprised me the most was the
predominant lack of groupie sluts. No whores at a Queens
show?? I’m sure there were gaggles waiting back stage on all fours, lubed asses
at the ready for Josh and his posse of idle drones, but the only strumpets I
saw were the requisite Halloween nurses. Sadly, they were the only people worth
seeing that night because Queens blew. Josh once said, “we want sex to bleed into the
music.” That’s great, bud, especially when
you’re the president of a 5,000 man sausage union for the night. You should be stripped, bound, and mercilessly flogged with the limb
of a Joshua tree.

About Mike von Hobart

Mike has 4 skills in life- drinking, reviewing black metal, being unemployed, and general uselessness. He writes about 2 pieces a year, but they are invariably our most popular because our readership is comprised of 17 year-old Scandinavian virgins, by which we mean 28 year-old Scandinavian virgins.