|Review by: Spacely Sprockets
San Diego, Casbah: Queens rock the Casbah!! There was an another band playing before Fatso, but they were forgettable. Pretty full venue. Before the show I met the gracious Dave Catching, who informed me he would be playing "piano" for Queens.
I remember hanging around playing video games in the back of the Casbah before the show, and then looking to my right and seeing Josh playing Guns’n’Roses pinball. Fatso Jetson was great, they played mostly songs from
Power of Three and Flames for All, which wasn’t released yet. Josh was in
the audience bobbing his head for a couple of songs during Fatso’s set.
They were doing a really cool instrumental of the song “Flames for All” on
this tour. And then Queens came on. They opened with Regular John. The
sound was excellent. The band was tight. Josh and Nick were looking at
each other with looks of amazement after the first chorus of the song, like,
"Holy fuck we sound good...". Josh’s vocals were a bit low, but no-one cared.
Crowd was digging it. Lots of smiling faces. They closed with Walkin on
the Sidewalks to a totally stunned crowd. Other songs played: If Only (3rd
song played), You Can’t Quit Me, How to Handle a Rope, Mexicola, and Give
the Mule what He Wants. Tension Head got big cheers. No Desert Sessions
songs, no These aren’t the Droids, and no 18A.D. on this tour. No Born to
Hula until the Aptos show. The Bronze was played at least 3 times on this
tour. No Kyuss songs until the Aptos show. After this show, I walked away feeling that I had just experienced the heaviest, coolest, most original music of all time.