Eagles Of Death Metal rock Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

Jesse 'The Devil Hughes' declares Yorkshire crowd 'best in the world'

Eagles Of Death Metal declared the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival fans “the greatest rock n roll crowd the world has ever known” as they unleashed their desert rock on the Main Stage today (August 26).

The band were greeted to chants of ‘Eagles! Eagles!’ as they arrived onstage for a lively afternoon performance at Bramham Park.

Singer Jesse “The Devil” Hughes was clearly overwhelmed by the Leeds crowd as he declared early on: “I’m pretty fucking wound up with this crowd right now. I thought we had a pretty good reception at Reading yesterday. But the warmest reception is right here in fucking Leeds.”

Throughout the 30 minute show, Hughes entertained the fans by blowing kisses, throwing out hand signals and conducting a “Voodoo Wave” as the band tore through a host of tracks from their two albums ‘Death By Sexy’ and ‘Peace Love Metal’.

The singer also praised his female audience, many of whom were sporting fake moustaches as a tribute to the charismatic frontman.

“There are beautiful babies down the front with fucking moustaches,” he admitted before he dedicated ‘English Girl’ to them.

The band also played the likes of ‘Don’t Speak (I Came To Make A Bang)’, ‘Kiss The Devil’, ‘Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)’, ‘I Only Want You’ and ‘Speaking In Tongues’.

Thanking the Leeds crowd yet again Jesse added: “I want to tell you all seriously and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, you are the sweetest crowd I have come across. You are the greatest rock ‘n’ roll crowd the world has ever seen.”

The singer later told NME.COM that he was overwhelmed by the crowd’s reception.

“You had to be the biggest dick in the world to not see what was happening out there was cool man,” he admitted. “It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon and I don’t normally get up until four so when I saw this crowd I just thought, “What the fuck?.

“They were not only awake but ready to go, ready to give it. And then there was the voodoo wave baby, the voodoo wave, did you see that shit? It started at Reading but it was perfected here.”

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