This was the second night in a weekend of big alt-rock shows at Brooklyn’s new bigtime venue. The place was even more packed that the previous evening’s MGMT event (impressive, considering that outside the biggest snowstorm of the season was flailing around). The Kills co-headlined, warming up the crowd as leader Alison Mosshart melted hearts from the pit to the nosebleeds with her seductive style. Endless “I love you!”s rang from the crowd. From their suave indie/garage rock to the sexy leopard print background, they put their show together perfectly for this huge hall. Plus they added two drummers on either side of the stage who added lots of action to their basic set-up. “Tape Song” and “No Wow” were just some of the crowd-pleasers they pulled out during a fantastic set.
A band who felt like arena-fillers from the start, Queens Of The Stone Age was ridiculously comfortable and explosive on the big Barclays Center stage through their 20-song set. They combined their big rock sound with some of the most interesting background visuals this reviewer has ever seen. And the band members’ dive bar roots inspired some good old fisticuffs in the pit—bleeding noses even! Though the storm gave everyone an excuse to stay home, this crowd was sure glad they didn’t.
Photos by Adela Loconte.