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Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes was sick with the flu at the band’s sold-out 9:30 Club show last night. But while he might have sweated a bit more than usual, there was no impact to his typical manic demeanor. (“I’m packed full of drugs, some street legal,” he said at one point.)
Hughes’ original counterpart, Josh Homme, was not in attendance, to the chagrin of many, but just as great was the interaction between Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching. Playing off each other’s riffs like the old friends they are, the two even had a duel-off toward the end of the show. “I don’t need no Supreme Court decision to marry this motherfucker right here,” said Hughes. Bassist Matt McJunkins even had his own solo bass time at the end, teasing the audience with the opening chords of Fugazi‘s “Waiting Room” at one point. Eagles of Death Metal started as a cross between the Eagles and death metal, and the result is a powerful kick in the ass you’ll love even if you find the Eagles or death metal repellent.
The opener, Jesika von Rabbit, mixed electronica with performance art and—-wait for it—-country music. There were songs about accidentally snorting ketamine and loving someone like a gorilla, but there was also an electronic cover of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.” Rabbit is Peaches mixed with Whiskeytown, and, with such originality, I think we’ll see more of her soon.
See photos from the show in the Gallery: