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Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday To-Do: Eagles of Death Metal

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Homme and Hughes.

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
10 p.m., Juanita's. $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.

Those familiar with Josh Homme's* role in Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss and Desert Sessions know that this show is bound to be a barnburner to write home about. Homme's self-described “musical schizophrenia” keeps him in high demand. Buddies since high school, Homme and fellow Eagles of Death Metal guitarist Jesse “The Devil” Hughes (nicknamed by Homme for his methods of enacting total vengeance upon bullies) have kept this project alive for 11 years. The band name stems from Homme's reaction to a friend's urging him to embrace death metal bands, and after hearing Vader, Homme commented they sounded like “the Eagles of death metal.” Opening for Guns N' Roses' 2006 tour, the band didn't go over so well with the audience — Axl Rose asked the crowd if they'd had enough of the “Pigeons of Shit Metal.” A satirical statement issued by EODM in response is certainly worth a read, and the band was paid in full for the tour and even asked to rejoin it later. Also of interest is Hughes' devout Republican loyalty and activism. The Nugent-esque, credentialed journalist and former Republican speechwriter comes complete with NRA membership and claims Obama is a commie. But he believes hunting isn't fair, once saying, “I don't like hunting because they can't shoot back.” Reportedly at the request of EODM, local bar rockers Smoke Up Johnny open the 21-and-up show, which could very likely sell out.

Paul Peterson

*We only learned after we went to press that Homme isn't touring with the band. See our Q&A with Hughes above.

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