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Them Crooked Vultures

Updated on September 11, 2014

About the Band

In 2005, Dave Grohl spoke to Mojo magazine: "The next project that I'm trying to initiate involves me on drums, [Queens of the Stone Age's] Josh Homme on guitar, and [Led Zeppelin's] John Paul Jones playing bass. That's the next album. That wouldn't suck."

In 2009, it has become a reality.

Brody Dalle of Spinnerette, who happens to be Homme's wife, hinted at the group in an interview with Antiquiet in July 2009. Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal let the band's name slip during an interview with Winnipeg's Power 97. And now there is confirmation: Them Crooked Vultures are making their live debut with a post-Lollapalooza performance at Chicago's Metro on August 9th at Midnight. Tickets were available through a pre-sale through the band's website but an error caused an uproar on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook when fans could not purchase tickets.

A pair of videos surfaced on YouTube but were later pulled. Information from these fake videos included an album title of Never Deserved the Future and a "release" date of October 23, 2009. This all turned out to be misinformation.

In interviews, Homme revealed the band was hatched during Grohl's 40 birthday party at Medieval Times (a theme restaurant) where he was seated next to John Paul Jones. Things moved to the studio, where the three jammed and realized this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. From there the band became a reality.

The band played its first show at the Metro in Chicago, setting off a unparalleled buzz among fans. This was followed with a handful of US club dates on a small tour, prior to the release of their first self-titled album. A UK/Europe and Australia/New Zealand tour will followed in the Winter of 2009/2010.

New Fang & Mind Eraser, No Chaser

The first singles from Them Crooked Vultures

On October 26th, TCV released the first single from their upcoming album to radio stations. New Fang is a showcase of things to come. It is available for purchase through iTunes or Amazong MP3.

The band also released the second song off their album Mind Eraser, No Chaser, as a free download for fans via iTunes.

Them Crooked Vultures
Them Crooked Vultures

Flock Together

Them Crooked Vultures
Them Crooked Vultures

The first album from the band that created buzz by playing sold-out shows before they had even been heard of, The Crooked Vultures released their first album on November 17th, 2009. Featuring 13 tracks of all original material.

 

Confirmed via the official website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, Them Crooked Vultures was released on November 17th, 2009, via DGC/Interscope Records. The self-produced debut features 13 studio versions of original Them Crooked Vulture songs. The track list:

No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
Mind Eraser, No Chaser
New Fang
Dead End Friends
Elephants
Scumbag Blues
Bandoliers
Reptiles
Interlude With Ludes
Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up
Caligulove
Gunman
Spinning In Daffodils

The album is available on iTunes for digital download (with two bonus tracks) or through online and physical retailers!

Austin City Limits - Elephant

Dave Grohl

Drummer

When his career as a drummer began in the 1980s for several Washington, D.C., area bands, Dave Grohl eventually settled as the drummer for the seminal grunge band Nirvana in 1990. After the demise of Nirvana and the death of front man Kurt Cobain, Grohl formed his own band, the Foo Fighters. Moving from drums to frontman introduced the music world to another side of Grohl.

His talents have led him to working with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Killing Joke, Tenacious D, Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy. Dave also has a side project known as Probot.

John Paul Jones

Bassist/Keyboards

John Baldwin, better known as John Paul Jones, began his musical career at the age of six with the piano. At 14 he took up bass guitar and joined his first band, The Deltas, at the age of 15. From 1964 to 1968 he worked with Decca Records as a studio sessions musician. Along the way he was introduced to guitarist Jimmy Page, who was also a sessions musician.

After the break up of The Yardbirds, Jones inquired about joining Page in a new musical collaboration. The addition of vocalist Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham lead to the creation of Led Zeppelin.

Following the death of John Bonham in 1980, Led Zeppelin dissolved and Jones moved onto a successful solo career as well as collaborations with the likes of R.E.M., Heart, Ben E. King, Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Cinderella, The Mission, La Fura dels Baus, Brian Eno, the Butthole Surfers and Uncle Earl.

Josh Homme

Vocals/Guitarist

Having been a part of legendary heavy metal/desert rock band Kyuss, Josh Homme is a multi-instrumentalist who calls Palm Desert, CA, his home. After the break up of Kyuss, he formed Queens of the Stone Age. He also plays drums with Eagles of Death Metal and produces the popular Desert Sessions.

Homme has also worked with the likes of Mondo Generator, Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, Fatso Jetson, Mark Lanegan Band, Trent Reznor, Masters of Reality, Millionaire, Wellwater Conspiracy, U.N.K.L.E., Melissa Auf der Maur, Paz Lenchantin, A Perfect Circle, Death from Above 1979, Earthlings?, Mastodon, Peaches, The Strokes and Local H.

Them Crooked Vultures Live
Them Crooked Vultures Live

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The Future of TCV

Although all three core members have expressed interest in following up with a second album, none have yet committed the time to do so.

Dave Grohl has been busy with the Foo Fighters, Josh Homme has been busy with Queens of the Stone Age, and John Paul Jones has just been, well, busy.

When the time is right, some where in the future, we very well may see a second coming of Them Crooked Vultures...

Let us know if you're a TCV fan!

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      Shadrosky 5 years ago

      Currently listening to them! Awesome lens!

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      Angela_Rosas 6 years ago

      Love the breakdown in Bandoliers!

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I heard this the other day- really enjoyed it- and your lens!

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      damnthatsfunny 7 years ago

      A lot of major talent in the band. Its gotta be good. The sings I listened to were good.

      Some amazing graphics work.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm wondering how good the whole album is - I'll have to check it out! Nice work.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Well done lens on Them Crooked Vultures.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Great lens - I got to see them at Metro, it was one of the best shows I've seen!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Never heard of them, but after reading this, then listening to the short video, it sounded exactly as I would have expected.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Never heard of them - but I bet my Led Zep fan of a hubby has!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I really need to broaden my horizons but just can't get past the music of the 50's and 60's. lol You did a super job on informing readers about Them Crooked Vultures.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice job!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Good job!

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      Samantha Devereux 8 years ago from Columbia Mo

      I had no idea they were teaming up, Thanks for sharing!

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      Great lens

      Michey

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      Sounds great, these are certainly three of the most talented musicians in the biz today!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Dave Grohl is an amazing all round musician 5*

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      I can't be a good judge of this as haven't been able to follow music since 1972. Moreover I couldn't stand Led Zeppilin and heavy metal. That doesn't mean to say that this isn't a great lens. What does de erve he uture mean Please.