10th June 2001. Queens Of The Stone Age. The Academy. Birmingham, £12:50.

So 7 months after the Wolverhampton gig QOTSA were back in the UK and this time they played Brum too.

This time round I have to say they were not as good. Maybe i’m being a tad snobby but they had become very big and the gig lacked the excitement and buzz of the Wolves gig.

The crowd did lap it up but they appeared to be having an off gig to me even though the bass player did a naked Chili Peppers style encore.

Good but contrived, still a great band but the signs they were never to top Rated R where there to be seen even at this relatively early stage. Really awesome musicians though, checkout the guitar in this video…

Rate 8 out of 10.

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