“The whole idea of a leader is weird,” Carl Newman said. “Sometimes I think, ‘Oh no, I’m not the leader. We don’t have a leader.’ And then sometimes I think, ‘Yeah, I’m the leader. And I’m not very good at it, I should be better.”
Queens of the Stone Age gave a performance that proved why, after 15+ years, their devotion to no-nonsense rock and roll (albeit with a brain) has kept them relentlessly contemporary and perpetually essential.