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Them Crooked Vultures

LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH

October 6th 2009

PromoWest has booked some big huge shows in 2009 but even they realize that Tuesday night’s Them Crooked Vultures is, if not the biggest, maybe the most anticipated – just one of 10 U.S. dates. The (truly) super-group featuring Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) started recording material for a debut this past summer though they’ve talked about working together since 2005.

This being the internet age, rumors of a release date for Them Crooked Vulture’s debut spring up on a daily basis but I haven’t been able to find an official release date (many are suggesting we’ll be able to hold a CD in our hands by late November – just in time for the holiday gift-giving season).

So … while the resumes of the members speak for themselves, is this project really worth plunking down $47.50 (plus services charges) to see considering you won’t know any of the songs and you shouldn’t expect to hear any songs by the bands these guys come from? Based on early reviews, it is worth is – TCV supposedly deliver an onslaught of RAWK and live up to the “supergroup” tag way more than a band like Velvet Revolver does.

If you want to do a quick cram session and get a (live) preview of what you’ll hear, there are a few bootlegs floating around. Here’s one from the Austin show this past weekend (can’t vouch for the quality). While I haven’t heard this one -the stuff I’ve heard definitely has a QOTSA vibe as can be expected.

WORD OF WARNING (from the Promowest website): NO CAMERA’S ALLOWED DURING THIS PERFORMANCE, INCLUDING CELL PHONES. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT TAKING PICTURES YOU WILL BE ASKED TO DELETE THEM. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT A SECOND TIME, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO DELETE THEM AND ESCORTED OUT OF THE BUILDING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

http://www.donewaiting.com/2009/10/05/them...res-the-lc-106/

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Them Crooked Vultures

The Fillmore in Detroit, MI

October 8, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures hits Detroit Oct. 8

Adam Graham / Detroit News Pop Music Writer

Brand new rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures -- comprising the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones -- will perform at the Fillmore Detroit Oct. 8, promoter Live Nation has announced. Tickets, $47.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at livenation.com.

The group made its live debut last month in Chicago at a Lollapalooza after-party. An album, reportedly titled "Deserve the Future," is expected in 2010.

The Detroit date is part of a nine-city outing that kicks off Oct. 1 in Austin, Texas.

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090901/EN...-Detroit-Oct.-8

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Them Crooked Vultures

LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH

October 6th 2009

Concert Review: Them Crooked Vultures

It was a four hour trip between my home in Pennsylvania and the venue I was headed to in Columbus, Ohio – and while I knew that I had work bright and early the next morning, it was no more than an afterthought as I made the journey to see what I knew to be a rock concert of epic proportions – one of only ten gigs in the US on this new superband’s first tour. The band, who calls themselves Them Crooked Vultures, is the most exciting combination of musical talent in years. I couldn’t let something like work obligations get in the way.

It all began on the fortieth birthday of the coolest guy in rock, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, which in unsurprising and amusing Grohl fashion, was held at a Medieval Times. There, Grohl conveniently sat the legendary Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones next to Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme, two musicians that had never met, but by the end of the night had agreed to Grohl’s proposition that they join him for a little musical side-project. It was there, among the jousting knights in shining armor, that Them Crooked Vultures was born – Homme on lead vocals and guitar, Jones doing his thing on the bass and keyboard, and Grohl taking a step out of the spotlight to go back to his first love, the drums.

I recognized that this was a concert experience that I shouldn’t pass up.. The band had yet to release their album or even a single. Their sound was still a mystery and their entire set would be unknown to the entire audience. It seemed like we would be experiencing a concert much like before the digital age of MP3 downloading and MySpace band profiles afforded one the ability to memorize every lyric before ever attending a concert. There would be no crowd sing-a-longs here, but after experiencing it, I assure you, it wasn’t necessary.

We arrived at the venue two hours before the doors opened. Eager to secure our spot next to the stage we hopped into the already forming line, geeking out a bit with those in line next to us as the anticipation built. When the doors finally opened, the venue was flooded with the sold-out crowd of three-thousand. I was surprised by the small size of the venue’s interior, but pleased with the intimate atmosphere it provided and more pleased with securing that coveted spot immediately front and center.

When the band finally took stage amidst the roar of the crowd, they ripped their way through a head-banging song fit for a single titled “Elephants,” followed by Homme introducing the band one by one with much applause and cheers, before pointing towards the man holding the bass guitar. “And this is…” he began, but before he could finish, the crowd was deafening. Despite how low profile he has been since Led Zeppelin’s demise, John Paul Jones needed no introduction.

The trio (along with a fourth concert-only guitarist) continued to jam through their set and despite the fact that the crowd did not know these songs, it did not stop the crowd from head-banging, dancing, clapping, or throwing their hands in the air. The music is hard to define, but it is certainly loud, big, and both back to the basics yet deceptively intricate. It is adventurous hard rock, blending riffs very reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age with the bluesy thunderous rock of Led Zeppelin.

I’ve never been shy to admit my man crush on Dave Grohl and it was great to see him smile throughout the entirety of the show as he absolutely smashed on the drums brilliantly as if he were Animal from The Muppets. I’m still wondering how he did not manage to break his drumset or his nose. I appreciated how he took his role as the drummer with modesty, using his microphone only for backup vocals, never once uttering a word into it, despite knowing that if he said absolutely anything, the crowd would have got berserk. He was having plenty of fun though and winked and smiled his way through the show, at one point even giving my friend standing next to me a thumbs up, and another time jokingly shaking his head and giving a thumbs down when Homme was talking about how much fun they had playing together.

Still, it wasn’t Dave that had most of my attention. It was John Paul Jones that left me in awe from the moment he took the stage. He thumped and slid on an array of bass guitars, then busted out a keytar (which had Homme drop his guitar and dance around stage in goofy-fasion as he sang), and then finally what I was anticipating most, in the midst of a song, the lights dimmed, and like rays from heaven, a single spotlight focused on Jones as he set down his bass to perform a beautiful, classically inspired keyboard solo that gave me chills and left the crowd mesmerized. Words cannot explain.

These guys were there to rock out, to have a good time, and to put on one hell of a show – and they succeeded on all fronts. Despite Homme not being the most charismatic frontman and his disinterest in crowd interaction, and despite the audience being unfamiliar with the music, in my eyes (as well as those I discussed it with after), none of that was needed. It was ninety minutes straight of mind-blowing hard old-school jamming that ended with an epic five-minute odyssey of astonishing fingerwork on the strings accompanied by insanely wild percussion. Them Crooked Vultures may not be break into mainstream radio, but you can tell that this unlikely combination of musicians don’t mind. They’re having too damn good of a time.

http://tragedyoftheage.wordpress.com/2009/...ooked-vultures/

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The Fillmore in Detroit

October 8th 2009

Brian McCollum's big gigs: 'Them Crooked Vultures,' 'B.B. King'

By BRIAN MCCOLLUM

DETROIT FREE PRESS POP MUSIC WRITER

THURSDAY: Them Crooked Vultures

The year of the supergroup rolls on, this time featuring the combined services of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age). With an album in the works, the band has embarked on a quick U.S. dash to give audiences a taste of high-octane hard rock, and this Fillmore show is undeniably one of the season's buzz shows in Detroit. The characters may be familiar, but Them Crooked Vultures remains cloaked in mystique: The band hasn't even taken a group photo yet. 7 p.m., the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward, Detroit. 313-961-5450. $47.50.

Edited by SteveAJones

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Them Crooked Vultures

The Fillmore in Detroit

October 8th 2009

The Detroit News

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Adam Graham

Vultures are just the latest star-packed supergroup

Supergroups have been feeling, well, slightly less than super lately.

Perhaps the term supergroup itself -- used when musicians from previously known projects get together to form a new band -- is too lofty. But then, who wasn't curious when Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland joined a band with the ex-members of Guns N' Roses? At least on paper, that sounded like it had the potential to be super.

That said, Them Crooked Vultures might be the ones to finally put the super back in supergroup. Equal parts danger (Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme), precision (Foo Fighters' and Nirvana's Dave Grohl) and mystique (Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones), Them Crooked Vultures seems on track to exceed the sum of its parts.

Still, not much is known of Them Crooked Vultures. The band made its live debut in August and won't release an album until at least next year, and song clips online are sparse.

With the band making its Detroit debut tonight at the Fillmore Detroit, we thought we'd take a look at other recent (and not so recent) supergroups and see how they fared compared to expectations.

Edited by SteveAJones

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Them Crooked Vultures

The Fillmore in Detroit

October 8th 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures unveils itself at Fillmore

Adam Graham / Detroit News Pop Music Writer

When Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme hit the stage at the Fillmore Detroit Thursday night, Grohl did something a lot of rockers wouldn't do before sitting down to play: He smiled.

Turns out he had good reason to: He, unlike the rest of the audience, knew what was in store for the evening. By the end of the band's crushing, hypnotic 80-minute set, most of the audience was smiling, as well.

Individually they're members of an exceptional roster of bands (Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age speak for themselves) but together, Grohl, Jones and Homme are Them Crooked Vultures, and they came to town Thursday without an album or a single to their credit. Heck, even photos of the band are difficult to come by.

Since playing its first show together in August, the band has been shrouded in secrecy, and in order to preserve that secrecy, cameras were not allowed in to the Fillmore. Those caught taking photos on their cell phones were asked politely to put their cameras away, and second-time offenders were told they would be asked somewhat less politely.

In these days of media over-saturation -- OMG, Miley Cyrus quit Twitter? -- such mystery is hard to come by, and in a sense it's refreshing. Still, it takes a leap of faith to ask an audience to sit through more than an hour of songs they've never heard before, and the 2,100 or so fans who showed up Thursday came strictly out of curiosity for the project and respect for the musicians.

But with a pedigree like Them Crooked Vultures has, it was a respect that was earned, and it turned out to be a splendid treat to see these three monsters of rock share a stage together.

The set opened with an intoxicating two-minute intro at the front end of "Elephants," one of several elongated jams that unfolded throughout the evening. Homme, the sneering, hip-swiveling Queen of the Stone Age, dutifully took on frontman duties, though eyes kept drifting back to the interplay between Jones and Grohl.

Many in the audience -- a heavily male crowd aged late 20s to early 40s -- had likely never seen Jones and had probably never seen Grohl behind a drum kit, so watching the two masters was like rock geek nirvana (pardon the pun). With Homme -- no slouch himself with his robotic, psychedelic stoner riffs shooting from his guitar like lasers -- the third mixer in the band's cocktail, the band's bludgeoning yet melodic rock (think Queens of the Stone Age multiplied by 1,000) was nothing short of mesmerizing.

The band's songs were expansive; "Elephants" stretched past the six-minute mark, "Reptiles" weighed in at more than eight minutes, and the closing "Warsaw" easily drifted past the 11-minute marker. Meanwhile, the transfixing "Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I" seemed to literally breathe, rising and falling and rising again, like deep breaths taken after an exhaustive workout. These are smart, muscular songs, and the three principal players -- they were joined on stage by utility man Alain Johannes -- have compromised nothing in coming together. In fact, Them Crooked Vultures appears to be the rare supergoup that is more than the sum of its parts.

Homme played a jovial host, explaining to the audience he spent five days in town for a wedding about a month ago, and that he never truly understood Detroit until his trip. "I love this city -- I don't care what Time magazine says," he told the crowd.

Grohl, meanwhile, was a Tazmanian Devil behind his kit, a whir of limbs, hair and jackhammering fills.

But it was Jones who was the star of the show, and drove the band with his propulsive rhythms. When introduced by Homme, he received the loudest applause of any of the players, and not only the fans but his bandmates, too, seemed to be in awe of Led Zep bassist's presence.

Jones played keyboad on a pair of songs and even brought out a keytar during "Interlude with Ludes," which became a bit of a strolling western-flavored number, and felt like the byproduct of one of Homme's experimental "Desert Sessions." During "Nobody Loves Me," meanwhile, he played some sort of puzzling slide bass guitar that only he and his tech crew probably fully understand.

If nobody knew quite what they were in for when they arrived Thursday, they left knowing what they assumed to be true: Them Crooked Vultures is one of the most exciting new bands in years. Now all they have to do is release an album.

Edited by SteveAJones

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Them Crooked Vultures

The Fillmore in Detroit

October 8th 2009

This fan review from "kdc27"...

Detroit show last night I'm posting this to try to help out other TCV concert-goers throughout the remainder of this US tour. Band went on about 8:35p (doors were at 7p) with no opening act, and they played for 80 minutes or so. No encore. Same setlist I have seen for other shows. The merch booth had 3-4 different shirts (tour shirt was $20 and the other shirts ranged from $25-35). They were also selling a "beanie" hat for $15 and a can coozie for $5. That was all...no posters as was threaded by another person.

Also, NO CAMERAS! They made it sound a lot worse than it was. Signs posted said absolutely no cameras, and anyone caught taking a photo with their phone would be asked to delete the image. If you are caught a second time, you will be removed from the show. I saw a lot of people taking pictures with their phones while trying to be discrete, and I never saw one security person ask any of them to delete their image or warn them.

I had read in previous threads that the band was really nice to meet, sign, take photos, etc. NOT SO MUCH in Detroit. So, don't get your hopes too high on this. I'm not blaming the band because they may have just not had time, but I will say I was standing about 20 feet away from them on 3 seperate occasions, and they smiled and waved, but never offered to sign or take pictures. Josh Homme did offer to sign briefly, but walked away within about 10 seconds. Again, I am not faulting the band for this. I am just trying to let others know.

I did not stick around after the show as it was cold and raining, which are two BIG deterrents for bands when they are on tour. So, if anyone did wait afterwards and had some success, congrats to you!

One more thing...THE SHOW KICKED ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Fillmore in Detroit

October 8th 2009

This from "HOTMetal401"...

Just got out of the Fillmore show.

Ticket $60.

T-shirt - $20

Drumstick caught - PRICELESS.

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Jay Hudson (89X Detroit) sits down with Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age) to talk about their new group "THEM CROOKED VULTURES." (audio only)

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INCREDIBLE concert in Toronto!!! RRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGHGH!!!!!!!!!!!! Much more to say, but if any of you miss any upcoming shows you'll hate yourselves. And you'll deserve it.

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Toronto TCV review -- 10 09 2009 / The Sound Academy

I am just arriving at home following the show approximately two hours after completion.

My take on this whole show and evening's performance is based on the following --

Zepp lover

Grohl semi admirer

Homme not sure

Having only heard and watched what was visible on Youtube prior to this show being seen with my own two eyes I was pretty skeptical and didn't expect to be overwhelmingly impressed.

The first song did it. The remainder of the night was toe tapping happiness.

Vocals were way better then anticipated and the sound was much wider and dynamic then the examples online, and the energy emitting from the stage was contagious.

I didn't expect Homme to be vocally satisfying or interesting, based on bootlegs and video.

Not only did he surpass my hopes, but seriously rocked and was in command of an electrifying performance, putting all doubters aside.

The guitaring in this show was nothing short of different, stimulating and proficiently cool.

This is not catchy FM friendly music, but heavy riff laden rock that has solid dimension.

Much appreciation and gratitude for Mr Homme.

And then there's Dave Grohl.

The beats , rythms and steady creative fources behind this performance were heavy.

The drum-fills he uses are genuinely powerful, and packed with Bonhamesque flair.

He's a pro, and now at the top of his game as a rock n roll drum specialist.

Watching him was like witnessing some real creative poundage for a change, with style.

Some of the beats he played during this show were unusual, super funky and seriously diverse.

The tightness of a Zepp show was present, and in the end I'd say that Grohl is fantastic.

After seeing a multitide of today's best bands in concert this year he definitely put on a display worthy of top prize in these eyes.

Thanks to Dave !!! From me, a permanent Zepp aficionado.

And finally Mr. JPJ. This guy is the master of so much it's hard to describe.

For me it was telling to watch his stage antics and facials as he delivered those solid lines and steady bass grooves we all know and expect. Tonight's show was no exception.

A happy looking JPJ demonstrated some rock derivative and rythmic magic.

John looks a bit older but is carrying the youth and exuberance of a young man while playing with these solid musicians during this venture.

Hats off to JPJ for surfacing in a very dynamic, current and modern form of today's musical energy.

Thanks John for an awakening, love ya.

Overall, I often ask myself after a show if I would pay to see it again, and in this case I would most definitely pay, wait in line to be closer and be happy to listen again to a great band playing some great songs.

Time to check where that next show is.

9.9/10

Advise to others --- see them vultures.

Edit --- just finding video from this show ---- NICE !!

There are others too.

Edited by Zepp-4-Life

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Sound Academy in Toronto

October 9th 2009

Them Crooked Vultures a Musical Treat

By JASON MACNEIL, Special To Toronto Sun Media

Last Updated: 10th October 2009, 2:37am

If the future of rock and roll includes one part Foo Fighters, one part Led Zeppelin and one part Queens Of The Stone Age, then it is still in good and incredibly capable hands.

Them Crooked Vultures - consisting of Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Queens Of The Stone Age front man Josh Homme and guitarist Alain Johannes and drummer Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters - shone during a near flawless 80-minute set before a sold-out crowd Friday night at Toronto's Sound Academy.

And fortunately, this wasn't an exercise in rehashing their hits. Instead it was an interesting and at times spectacular display of musicianship, with Jones sometimes pulling his band mates into '70s heavy blues-tinged rock while Homme and Grohl pulled Jones into a more contemporary rock realm.

With no new album out - although one expected by year's end - Them Crooked Vultures opened with Elephants, a boogie-cum-bluesy nugget which set the path the quartet sailed down quite easily.

"I feel good," Homme said following the song, quickly kicking into the somewhat relentless Dead End Friends, a tune similar to Queens Of The Stone Age's Go With The Flow which Grohl rounded off nicely with rapid fills and rolls.

While Homme was lead singer for all of the 13 songs, his vocals often played second fiddle to the chemistry Jones and Grohl seemed to have from start to finish, especially evident on Scumbag Blues with Jones playing like a man 36 and not 63 years young. Jones also effortlessly played off Homme's fine guitar work during the tune's homestretch.

After Homme stated they had a lot of new music to get through, Them Crooked Vultures were again extremely tight and polished during the dance-rock tinted Gunman. Sadly, they had a slight hiccup with Caligulove which sounded unfocused and left Jones trying to salvage the number with a Doors-ian keyboard solo to little effect.

Thankfully the last miscue was a brief but bizarre Interlude With Ludes as Homme went without a guitar for this set breather.

All was forgiven though when Them Crooked Vultures launched into a new, well, newer song Reptiles that garnered one of the louder cheers of the night, the sum far greater than the talented parts performing it onstage.

Yet that basically paled in comparison to the evening's two show stoppers, the first being a lengthy Daffodils, a punishing and intense effort comparable to material from Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. And Homme, Grohl and Jones went to town on the lengthy jam before Jones tenderly rounded it off with a short but sweet keyboard solo which the crowd loved.

A groove-saturated Nobody Loves Me (And Neither Do I) was highlighted by Jones playing some mean slide guitar and could've been extended. But the band was correct to close with Warsaw, initially a swinging kind of ditty that morphed into a long and beautiful, garage-like rave up as Homme and Grohl embody a bit of Jimmy Page and John Bonham, respectively.

No encore was presented, but none was needed as Queens Of The Led Fighters, oops, Them Crooked Vultures earned their keep on this night.

---

Sun Rating: 4 out of 5

Them Crooked Vultures

Sound Academy

Friday Night

Edited by SteveAJones

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BUCK'EYE' DOC,

Nice write up on the Columbus show!

I had forgotten how small the LC Pavilion is and the band sounded absolutely fantastic! I can't wait for the release of the CD...

Also, I would like to say a big thank you to John Paul Jones, for signing my In Through The Out Door album jacket and making it now complete!

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BUCK'EYE' DOC,

Nice write up on the Columbus show!

I had forgotten how small the LC Pavilion is and the band sounded absolutely fantastic! I can't wait for the release of the CD...

Also, I would like to say a big thank you to John Paul Jones, for signing my In Through The Out Door album jacket and making it now complete!

Fantastic, LedZep4Ever!

Glad that he was able to sign it!

Congratulations for the completion!

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It was a great show. I loved the small size of the venue and the intimacy with the band that it allowed. The music was fantastic!

Great pics Dandu!

How were you able to get them with the tight camera security?

There was almost no way to get any pics in Columbus!

Edited by BUCK'EYE' DOC

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Great pics Dandu!

How were you able to get them with the tight camera security?

There was almost no way to get any pics in Columbus!

No issue taking pics in Toronto. Was standing right next to security. Even asked him if it was ok. They did stop a guy near me from filming with a pretty sophisticated (and large) video camera, but point and clicks were allowed.

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Thanks for all the updates Steve, Sam, everybody.... What I've heard so far from TCV sounds like the best hard rock in many, many years, and just a truly great band, not a "supergroup" collection of famous musicians. I'm glad for those of you who have managed to see them - and delighted you got to see them MSG! - and I really hope they come up here.

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The Fillmore in Detroit, MI

October 8th 2009

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/entertainment&id=7056981

Rock's latest supergroup takes a few twists and turns

Josh Daunt WJRT-TV Mid-Michigan October 9, 2009

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REVIEW (WJRT) -- As the line wound around sidewalk beside The Fillmore Detroit in a light drizzle, a buzz was evident. Kristina Guthrie got into town from Windsor with her friends at 3 p.m. and was first in line for the general-admission floor to see Them Crooked Vultures Thursday night.

"It's John Paul Jones. That's why we're here," she exclaimed, speaking of the former Led Zeppelin bassist. "They're all amazing musicians. It should be a great show, I'm really excited."

All walks of life filed through the doors just after 7 p.m. From twentysomethings wearing Led Zeppelin t-shirts to sixtysomethings wearing Nirvana garb, everyone shared the same anticipation and curiosity.

When the lights dimmed and the background music stopped at 8:30 p.m., a brief silence fell over the nearly 2,000 people in attendance, which was quickly interrupted by a raucous as Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) walked onto the stage and began settling in.

Another half minute would pass and Jones entered. The already wild crowd erupted with applause for the 63-year-old Englishman.

Grohl started pounding out a vicious drum beat, and Jones and Homme kicked in a deep, rich riff on bass and guitar respectively. After four bars, they doubled the speed and "Elephants" was off and running.

The simple light setup on the small, cramped looking stage was flashing and swaying along with the beat and the crowd was at a fever pitch. Grohl was a flurry of arms and hair flailing behind the lone Vulture on his bass drum.

Homme stood behind the mic with a stranglehold on his guitar, strumming riffs and squeezing searing leads out as Jones' thundering bass line sent vibrations through the floor and into the legs of the drowd.

"Detroit, how ya doin?" Homme asked as Grohl looked up from him drum kit, a big grin on his face. "It's very good to see you tonight."

Moments later the stage went dark except for a soft blue hue coming from above on the curtain behind the band. They jumped into "Dead End Friends" and kept the energy driving.

The crowd really started moving for "Scumbag Blues," a funkier song that featured an extended bass solo from Jones, who riled the audience up even more.

"About a month ago I came here to Detroit for a wedding of a friend of mine," Homme said following the next song, as Jones moved over to his keyboard. "I've always liked this place, but I never really got it. But after I spent five days here I've fallen in love with Detroit."

The band then launched into the crunching riff of "Caligulove" while Jones played haunting chords on the keys. "Caligulove" is one of many Vultures songs with several drastic turns and changes of pace. The tune in ended with a flurry, and after a brief "How you doin, sound good so far?" the band was off and running into "Langoliers."

The first crowd surfer of the night was rolled above the audience, and the band fed off the crowd's energy.

Both Jones -- back on his bass -- and Homme wandered toward the drum kit and exchanged grins with each other and Grohl during the instrumental break.

"Langoliers" is a bit less complex than the rest of the set, but at the end of the break, it slowed to a near halt and the crowd cheered the end just as the band charge into the final verse.

Once the song was over, Homme introduced Grohl, guitarist Alain Johannes, and Jones, who earned another round of rousing applause. "I feel the same way," Homme said.

"New Fang" followed, providing another bit of change of pace to the show. It didn't boast the same heavy, thick riff behind it as the previous songs, and a wah pedal was put to the test.

But that change of pace had nothing on what came next. Homme put his guitar over his head, handed it to the tech and took the mic off the stand as Jones donned a handheld synthesizer.

"Interlude w/ludes" was easily the most interesting song of the night. Bare-bones and raw, the rhythm was driven by the synth. Grohl toned down the drum beat and Johannes added licks as Homme wanderd the stage, swaying his hips and singing his heart out.

The subdued atmosphere didn't last long, though, as Homme strapped up his guitar and squealed out some feedback. Stacks exploded with a loud, grinding "Daffodils."

Picking up the pace gave the crowd a massive release. A section of the floor turned into a mosh pit and another crowd surfer rode the waves.

Homme slipped a slide on his finger and made his strings sing as the song wound down to just Homme's slide and Jones, who snuck back over to the keyboard. The pair then played back and forth off each other.

Jones soon took over and played an extended solo, while Grohl, Homme and everyone else in the building just staring at him, in awe of what they are witnessing.

This would prove to be the last mellow moment of the set. "Reptiles" brought back the deep, heavy riffs and the moshing. "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" started out with another funky lick from Homme, and another migraine-inducing light show fired on all cylinders.

Jones then set his bass aside and strapped on an eight string slide guitar for "Nobody Loves Me And Neither Do I." The interplay between Homme's riffs and Jones' fills on the slide were impeccable, but Grohl stole the show at the close with an absolutely blistering drum breakdown.

Homme bade the crowd goodnight and the band broke into "warsaw."

After the last flurry, Homme grabbed a drink from on top of his amp and raised it to the crowd as he put his arm around Jones and walked offstage.

Grohl came to the front, handed out a few drum sticks to some lucky fans and blew kisses as the house lights came up and Roy Orbison's classic "It's Over" blared.

Vultures was 82 minutes of music most people had never heard before, and it seemed likely those who showed up were going to engage in some more exlporing.

Set list:

"Elephants"

"Dead End Friends"

"Scumbag Blues"

"Gunman"

"Caligulove"

"Bandoliers"

"New Fang"

"Interlude w/Ludes"

"Daffodils"

"Reptiles"

"Mind Eraser, No Chaser"

"Nobody Loves Me And Neither Do I"

"Warsaw"

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Toronto show was awesome. Go see this band!

Here are some pics:

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These are great pictures. Look at JPJ :-) :-)

Thanks for sharing these

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Them Crooked Vultures

LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH

October 6th 2009

Them Crooked Vultures rock LC Pavilion

October 8, 3:32 PM Columbus Rock Music Examiner Ashley Layne

The next supergroup has arrived. Them Crooked Vultures delighted and rocked the curious audience Tuesday night at the LC Pavilion in Columbus. Comprised of Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures has been garnering buzz since rumors of this project started floating around years ago. Without an album release date announced, and not even a single to get acquainted with, they are drawing big crowds on this tour due to the fact that they each already have big fanbases from their previous projects.

With no opening act, TCV got right down to it. Comfortable in his role as frontman, Josh Homme engaged the crowd immediately. While in many cases it may have been awkward attending the live show of a band that you practically know nothing about, TCV definitely made up for the mystery by offering a great live performance. Only introducing a few songs before playing them, "Caligulove" definitely stood out. "Nobody Loves Me And Neither Do I" was great as well, but it was "Warsaw" that Homme dedicated to the crowd. TCV played as if they have been together for years. Jamming quite a bit after each song, they were comfortable with each other and it definitely showed. Dave Grohl is arguably one of the best drummers in rock and roll history and watching him play from mere feet away was nothing short of incredible. And to look to the left and see John Paul Jones playing bass, well it just doesn't get much better than that. Playing for about an hour and a half they still had everyone's attention and had them wanting more when they left the stage. If this concert was any indication of the album that is hopefully soon to come, I would say that we are all in for quite a treat from these musical marvels.

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Edited by SteveAJones

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...according to Dave Grohl, they were at 119db in Nashville...125db is the point where your ears will physically feel pain...

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