Eagles of Death Metal Bell Stage, Quebec City QC, July 6

Eagles of Death Metal Bell Stage, Quebec City QC, July 6
Photo: Matt Bobkin
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Held together with little more than red electrical tape and seemingly at wit's end, desert rocking greasers Eagles of Death Metal looked ready to let out some aggression when they finally arrived at Festival D'ete's Bell Stage 15 minutes after their scheduled start time. Kicking things off with the Stooges-indebted rocker "I Only Want You," Boots Electric and company punished the Quebecois crowd with a big brash set of candid dum-dum rock.

Relying heavily on mid-2000s party rocker Death By Sexy, Jesse Hughes did his best Little Richard impersonation, wiggling his hips to cuts like "Don't Speak" and "Cherry Cola" and providing relentless Keith Richards riffs with a Mick Jagger swagger. Taking time in between songs to address the crowd and state that he and the boys "came to shake their dicks and have a good time," the patriotic rockers continued to brandish their rock'n'roll wangs, slapping the audience in the face with a sloppy cover of "Stuck in the Middle with You," a blistering "I Want You So Hard (Boys Band News)" and an extended "I Got a Feelin (Just Nineteen)." Stripping off his shirt and bowing for the crowd, Hughes stepped to the mic to thank the audience before realizing the sound had been cut and throwing it off the stage like a boogie-woogie peacock, giving a performance that more than made up for five years of recorded silence.

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