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Unlike clockwork: a hypnotizing night with Queens of the Stone Age in Texas

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One of modern rock's most unique and talented bands showcases a show full of songs from this year's album ...Like Clockwork, and shows younger bands how it's done.

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Queens of the Stone Age has always encompassed an immersive, trance-like quality, but yet has still contained a melodic sensibility. Those notions translated well into a show at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas on Saturday night. The group plowed through fan favorites and a few surprises during an almost two-hour show. Most surprisingly, Queens of the Stone Age performed all except one of the tracks from the sixth album …Like Clockwork, which was released this year.

Though several of the tunes had a welcoming reception, the audience appreciated cuts from Songs for the Deaf and Lullabies to Paralyze the most. A particular highlight was hearing the band’s intense performance of “A Song for the Dead” as the closer for the set. It is unfortunate songs from the first album don't normally get the spotlight, but nevertheless Queens did surprise with Rated R’s “In the Fade” (without a Mark Lanegan appearance of course).

Josh Homme’s voice is only getting better, and though the Songs for the Deaf era lineup comprised of the unpredictable Nick Oliveri on bass and ferocious Dave Grohl on drums is always longed for, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore tackled those pesky drum fills with ease. Although hearing more of the back catalog would have rounded out the set more, Queens of the Stone Age are still a must-see. Younger bands, it's your turn. Good luck.

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