Eagles of Death Metal at the Vogue
Despite recent controversial interviews, Friday's Eagles of Death Metal show was no talk, just some sweaty, sweaty rock music.
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Since November, Eagles of Death Metal have been irrevocably been linked with the terrorist attacks in Paris. As months passed, they’ve also become associated with some controversial remarks by leader Jesse Hughes, which recently resulted in the cancellation of appearances at two French festivals.
None of that was mentioned apart from a brief and sincere acknowledgement of the support they’ve received over the past six months. Instead, they focused on delivering a night of sweaty rock and roll, looking like a band injected with newfound fire.
Hughes was a charismatic front man, breaking out into a rock revival sermon between songs throughout the hour and a half set. Beginning with “I Only Want You” from their 2004 debut, Peace, Love, Death Metal, they blew through an 18-song set that culminated with “I Love You All The Time” from their latest, Zipper Down.
The encore included their cover of Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer” before Hughes finished up the night performing from the Vogue balcony.
Nashville-based Thelma and The Sleaze opened the show with their low brow, high-energy brand of southern rock, with songs like “These Boots Won’t Lick Themselves” and an unhealthy number of references to biscuits and gravy.