It turns out our little hunch about the supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, was right on! The super rock group formed by Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl, Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones, and Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme unveiled themselves at the Lollapalooza‘s after-show and fans were not disappointed!
After a hot and sticky then wet and rainy three-day festival, everyone was psyched to catch the first Them Crooked Vultures show in history. Rumors were flying around and tickets were bought (no scalper would accept less than $2,000 according to Stereogum) and the anticipation for speculation to become reality seemed to give everyone in attendance an extreme high that night.
We’ve learned that these guys have been working on an album for three years but no one knew what they would sound like. Kudos to Them Crooked Vultures for making sure none of their music leaked online and staying mysterious while they still managed to tip off important publications such as Rolling Stone.
The performance was led mostly by Homme on vocals, but Grohl’s drumming seemed to be his best ever and their enthusiasm was enhanced by playing with one of rock’s greatest, their third member, Jones. The fourth member to flesh out the band that night was a huge bonus. Playing guitar was none other than Homme’s long time friend and fellow band member of QTSA, Alain Johannes. All attendees agreed that their sound couldn’t have been a better sum of all three bands.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the supergroup wanted to play no other place but the Metro at midnight that Monday morning. Homme stated, “We could have done this in LA [...] We came to Chicago because we wanted to play Metro!” The crowd grew even more elated and the performance proved that Grohl’s assurance back in 2005 – saying that their music “wouldn’t suck,” was definitely an understatement.
There is no album title or album release date yet, but we can be sure of one thing. This supergroup has the staying power.
Check out the set list via Chicago Sun Times below:
- “New Fang”
- “Scumbag Blues”
- “Dead End Friends”
- “Mind Eraser (No Chaser)”
- “Interlude w/ Ludes”
- “Nobody Loves Me”
Were you there to see history in the making? What was your favorite song?