Thursday 31 March 2011

Kyuss Couldn't Be More Alive

First there was Kyuss then there was stoner rock music. They are considered the inventors of the genre. Although they never really hit main stream out of its ashes rose one of the most influential rock bands of the last decade Queens of the Stone Age. Last year it was just John Garcia playing Kyuss songs. This time the only one missing is Josh Homme.

Kyuss Lives in Paradiso Amsterdam, March 29 2011 (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)

A long recorded intro sounds through the former church to announce the beginning of the show. When the band takes the stage they get right to it. Garcia's eyes are hidden behind a pair of sunglasses. It's a familiar sight to see bass player Nick Oliveri and drum player Brant Bjork on stage with Garcia. And it looks as if they never broke up fifteen years ago. Only guitar player Bruno Fevery (Arsenal) taking the place of Homme reveals that so many years have passed.

Fevery however is a more than worthy replacement. His guitar sounds powerful and he fires off the signature Kyuss riffs with confidence. Solo's are finger licking good and he brings justice to the Kyuss heritage. The musicians are obviously enjoying themselves. There isn't a lot of talking in between the songs but they are exchanging smiles among each other and a beer with the fans. Maybe some time in an Amsterdam coffee shop helped as well. The sound itself is loud, dirty and heavy like it should be.

But what's striking is that the music is still solid as a rock after all those years. It doesn't sound old at all and songs like 'El Rodeo', 'Thumb' and 'Gardenia' that opens the set are monumental. Along the way the bands gets real comfortable and there's room for some jammin'. Even a screwed up 'I'm Not' can't change that. By this time the crowd has already subdued itself to the mighty stoner riffs.

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