The combination of Joshua Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones brings together three very talented people. Despite the amount of talent shared between the three men, the debut album from Them Crooked Vultures often sounded like Josh plus side band – a very talented side band, granted, but the end results drew too heavily from Homme’s influences. This could be frustrating since Jones began his career as a master arranger (he’s clearly not had a great influence in arranging most of the Vultures’ songs) and Grohl has proven a decent songwriter over the years.
Still, if viewed as a Homme project, Them Crooked Vultures is one of the QOTSA man’s best efforts – a few of the songs (on the album’s first half in particular) outshining his previous work. Following the album’s release, it didn’t seem like very long before rumours of a follow-up began to circulate, but four years on not even the merest squeak was heard from the Vultures…
The below clip features a full length show from the only TCV tour to date. Sit back and enjoy Homme, Jones, Grohl and Eleven/Spinnerette man Alain Johannes in full flow.
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