Shit, God damn! Last night, Eagles of Death Metal played their first headlining gig in almost eight months and they at the London Music Hall. They blew it out of the water. Coming out to Pilot’s Magic, frontman Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes conducted the audience to sing with him while dawning a glitzy silver cape. Through out the night he’d only prove again and again that he was born to be a frontman.
From here, Jesse lost the cape and the band blasted into I Only Want You, a staple of pretty much every EODM show and a definite crowd pleaser. I don’t think the stupid smile left my face the whole night. Jesse preached to the crowd, played to their every wish, shimmied and shook. He was a blast to watch. A reverend, Boots preached the gospel of rock n’ roll and made believers of everyone.
The set list last night was fantastic, ranging songs from Don’t Speak ( I Came to Make a Bang) and Complexity to Reverend, Move in the Night and my personal favourite, Flames Go Higher. Ending the evening (pre-encore), the band launched into I Love You All the Time. Trust me, the feeling was mutual in the audience.
Of course, we can’t just talk about Jesse. The rest of the band definitely brought their A Game too. Completing the line up last night was Canadian bassist Jennie Vee, drummer Jorma Vik, guitarist Gavin Caswell and of course, the always reliable, always incredible, always rockin, Dave Catching. It was my first time seeing Jennie Vee and although I definitely miss Matt McJunkins behind the bass, I thought Jennie was fantastic. She has a new fan in me.
A major highlight of the night for many (myself included) came at the very start of the encore. Boots lamented “They tried to tell me I had to come off stage and I said fuck that! I have to play at least three more songs!” From there, the band ripped out a Bowie cover of Moonage Day Dream. Davey played an incredible solo and the whole band was on fire. The final two songs were The Boys Bad News and Speaking in Tongues, two incredible ways to end the evening. The crowd jumped, sang and danced their asses off all night. If you haven’t seen Eagles of Death Metal, it’s about damn time.
Peace, love & history.