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Music review: Eagles Of Death Metal � Liverpool O2 Academy

Joseph Viney on how a cross between The Eagles and, well, you-know-what stangely works

Published on December 3rd 2009.


Music review: Eagles Of Death Metal � Liverpool O2 Academy

THE main lure of Eagles Of Death Metal is Josh Homme, their founder, sometimes drummer and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman.

Casting an eye to the side of the stage where a harem of gorgeous women are lined-up and looking ready to tear his clothes off in an instant, it’s a marvel that Hughes even made it to the stage at all

You could argue that the California group would never have gained any prominence, or indeed existed at all, had the ubiquitous ginger giant never taken up residence on the drum stool.

From the beginning Homme has stuck by the decision to only work with EODM in the studio, allowing a different drummer to take his place on the tour.

Far from dealing irreparable damage to the group, it allows them the freedom to conduct themselves as they see fit without being compared to Homme’s previous success and/or other groups.

Case in point, instead of chanting for Homme, the crowd turn their attentions to the charismatic, lithe and permanently horny vocalist, Jesse Hughes. Between songs, his positive attitude and underwear sniffing antics are infectious and keep the momentum going between each of the finely crafted, catchy and, most importantly, loud songs in their repertoire.

Despite the name, Eagles of Death Metal are not a death metal band. Hughes recalls that back in 1998, a friend was trying to introduce Homme to the death metal genre via a Polish band called Vadar. When he played music, Homme pronounced them "The Eagles of death metal". He then wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like and here at the O2 Academy is the result.

On tour in support of their third LP, Heart On, EODM are suitably excellent at weaving hard rock, sweat and forceful innuendo into their songs and, unlike plenty of po-faced musicians on their level, are keen to show their ‘fun-loving’ side.

From set opener I Want You So Hard, it’s obvious that the band is up for it. If anything they seem grateful that enough people have turned out to show their support and give as much back to the band as they themselves are giving. Hughes is keen to remind his audience between each song how much he loves the crowd (especially the ladies) and how much fun he is having.

Indeed, casting an eye to the side of the stage where a harem of gorgeous women are lined-up and looking ready to tear his clothes off in an instant, it’s a marvel that Hughes even made it to the stage at all.

The band tore through a selection of songs from their three albums, and even found time for a cheeky cover of Steeler’s Wheel’s hit Stuck In The Middle. Fan favourites such as Cherry Cola and Secret Plans also made an appearance.

The beauty of seeing a group like EODM live is that you don’t need to be a fan.

As long as you’re willing to have a good time, enjoy the spectacle of musicians playing to the crowd and don’t mind having a moustachioed hunk like Hughes make a move on you then you would never have cause for complaint.

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