Queens Of The Stone Age bookended the week with a pair of rowdy gigs at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, including a Monday night Cinco de Mayo celebration and a jam-packed sold out Friday night show.
Kicking off the evening with the 1-2 punch of Song for The Deaf's opening tracks "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire" and "No One Knows" crooning frontman Josh Homme was in rare form, powering through intricate notes at a feverish pace, all while sipping whiskey and taking drags from a cigarette.
The pair of shows marked a triumphant return to the city for the band following last year's impressive afternoon set at Lollapalooza and after show at the intimate Metro club. The Queens seemed right at home in the Aragon's majestic castle setting, most notably their massive radiating laser light show perfectly illuminated the larger venue's interstellar ceiling, most seamlessly during "My God is the Sun."
Other songs presented from 2013's ...Like Clockwork included the title track, "Smooth Sailing," "Kalopsia," as well as the one you're listening to now, "I Sat By The Ocean."
More highlights from the fan-friendly set included the groovy "Make It Wit Chu" and an encore that consisted of "The Vampyre of Time and Memory," the drug fueled "Feel Good Hit of the Summer," and perennial closer "A Song for the Dead".
Queens of the Stone Age continue to tour the globe in support of ...Like Clockwork through October.