In the past six months, the members of Eagles of Death Metal have gone through more than most will in a lifetime. In November of last year, the band’s Paris, France concert was the site of a terror attack where 89 people, including their merchandise manager Nick Alexander, were killed. After such an unthinkable tragedy, nobody would have been surprised if the group had elected to take a break. But instead the Eagles of Death Metal decided to soldier on and continue their tour as they attempt to bring normalcy back to their lives.
Now back in the United States, the Eagles of Death Metal brought their tour to the House of Blues in Boston, MA for what would prove to be an authentic, vintage, rock & roll show. Playing in the shadow of Fenway Park, frontman Jesse Hughes - known by his stage name “Boots Electric” - took to the stage clad in a Boston Red Sox jersey, with another Boston Red Sox t-shirt on underneath. Throughout the night Hughes would banter with the crowd about his love for baseball, and more specifically Red Sox legend Wade Boggs.
Bantering with his audience, especially the ladies, is something Hughes is quite gifted at. Throughout the night he would keep the crowd engaged with witty flirting and provocative, Elvis Presley-esque, gestures. But it’s more than just talking the talk with Hughes, he also walks the walk. The band’s boogie-woogie rockabilly sound inspired the crowd to shake their hips right from the start with the set opening tune “I Only Want You.” Going back to his penchant for onstage flirting, Hughes dedicated the song “Oh Girl” – one of the many songs about women – to a woman in the crowd.
Much of the set was composed of songs from the 2015 album “Zipper Down” including their cover of the Duran Duran classic “Save A Prayer” which became an anthem of solidarity in the wake of the terror attacks when several bands from all over the world joined in a covers fundraising campaign. Beyond the “Zipper Down” songs, EoDM dug into their back catalog for songs such as the fan favorite “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News) which keeps their rockabilly sounds, but also adds a bit of an early AC/DC flavor in the mix – which served as the closer to the main set. Hughes returned by himself to play the song “Midnight Creeper,” a desert rock tune from the band’s debut album “Peace, Love, and Death Metal” released in 2004.
The full band would return for two more songs, ending the night with an extended version of “Speaking in Tongues” that features a guitar solo battle between Hughes and lead guitarist Dave Catching. For most of the night, the band made little to no reference to the Paris attacks, likely trying to put the whole thing behind them, there was however a moment when frontman Jesse Hughes decreed “This is the greatest life I’ve even known and ain’t nothing gonna take that away from me” While it’s clear the member of Eagles of Death Metal are still a bit shaken from the incidents of last fall, it’s also clear that the band isn’t letting it stop them from continuing to make kickass rock and roll music.