Them Crooked Vultures took the stage right on time at midnight tonight at the Metro in Chicago. They blasted through a generous 80 minute set of powerful rock songs, which attendee Jasun compared to Queens Of The Stone Age “cranked to 40.”
Them Crooked Vultures, just in case you aren’t already aware, is the brand-new “supergroup” consisting of Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl of Nirvana / Foo Fighters, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
Homme provided lead vocals, as many expected, though he was backed up by Grohl, as well as Alain Johannes, present for the full set, playing rhythm guitar.
The setlist, according to various earwitness accounts: Elephants, New Fang, Scumbag Blues, Dead End Friends, Bandoliers, Mind Eraser (No Chaser), Gunman, Daffodils, Interlude w/ Ludes, Caligulove, Warsaw, Nobody Loves Me.
John Paul Jones lived up to his reputation as a multi-instrumentalist, playing a 12 string bass, electric keyboard, and even a keytar.
Some highlights from Twitter:
@jgorrell: Some of the most major riffage I’ve heard in years.
@trangelo: Holy shit… It blew my mind. This band is insanely good.
@LedZeppelinNews: My friend at show says, “Heavy, heavy, heavy.”
@NC17: Some nice vocal harmonies and duos tonight. Grohl comfortable singing while drumming.
During the performance, the band’s official site got a minor update, featuring a new animation and a t-shirt for sale. We’ll have news soon on a headlining tour. In the meantime, a fully detailed review of the show can be found here.
Photo by Tyler Angelo.