Clad in a sequined silver jumpsuit and opening her sold-out set from the balcony among her fans, Peaches put aside any fears that age has mellowed her graphic sexual music crusade. She straddled. She thrusted. She demonstrated the "shocker" (ask your neighborhood high school perv if you don't know). She licked every proverbial pussy in the house.
But aside from the sex shtick, it was Peaches' surprising musical resiliency that was most shocking. Her newest material, such as the beat-heavy rocker "Two Guys (For Every Girl)," takes on more layers than any of her previous work, making it tougher to pull off live. But, for the most part, she did. Inside the sweat-soaked House of Blues, a gender-bent audience spazzed around in a sea of spandex. Peaches (formerly Merrill Nisker) played her electro-camp with The Herms-the name of her first full touring band-which helped smooth out some of the abrasiveness of her previous stage shows.
At one point, a giant inflatable penis stood at the drum riser until Peaches lamented, "Oh no! I think the penis is injured! Is there a penis doctor in the house?" Two willing stagehands slowly carried the "injured" inflatable penis across the stage on a stretcher. Later, the guitar-driven "Rock Show" was especially exuberant. The catchy drone of "AA XXX" incited heavy breathing in the crowd. And the excellent "Fuck the Pain Away" threw a dance-heavy trance.
Openers Eagles of Death Metal couldn't possibly rock any harder than frontman Jesse Hughes' mustache, but they came close on numbers like "Kiss the Devil" and "Speaking in Tongues." Hughes, shirtless and sweaty at the end of the set, and drummer Josh Homme-who, in his other job, is the frontman for Queens of the Stone Age-led the band through an over-the-top cock-rock tutorial.Which, in the end, was exactly the complement that Peaches needed.