“Queens of the Stone Age’s first Victoria concert since 2008 was also the band’s first concert and public appearance since the December 9 incident, and eyes were certainly on Homme heading into the show.
“He didn’t address the audience until two songs in, and when he did it was brief. ‘It’s wonderful to be here,’ he said. ‘Thank you so much.’
“He would later introduce the song, ‘I Sat By the Ocean,’ with cryptic words (‘Sometimes things go wrong, and when they’re wrong it’s too late’) that seemed to address the kick.
“Homme grew more chatty as the night developed, but for the most part the band spoke with its fingers and feet before 5,670 fans on this night.
“Perhaps that was the right approach, especially for a band coming out of a dark period of heavy criticism. Theirs was a thunderous 90-minute appearance, with some of the heaviest bass I’ve ever heard from a rock band in the arena, and some of the mightiest riffs.
“Musically, it was a triumphant return. Slow as molasses in some spots, but triumphant nonetheless.”