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Review Thu May 20 2010

Review: Them Crooked Vultures @ Aragon, 5/18/10

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Them Crooked Vultures' Josh Homme (photos by Katie Hovland)

"This is gonna be a good one, I can tell already. Let's get started." Them Crooked Vultures rocked the Aragon for the first hour of their show Monday night, and then the second hour. Somehow, the group managed to stretch their singular album into a two hour show, but fans didn't seem to mind, in fact they welcomed it. The crowd never dwindled, and most didn't budge for the entire performance, other than to try to wangle a better sightline.

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John Paul Jones (photos by Katie Hovland)

Them Crooked Vultures is one of the rare supergroups that actually live up to the name. Made up of the dream team of Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) on lead vocals on guitar, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) on (what else) drums, and the legendary John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) on everything else, their material leans closest to the sound of Homme's principal group. It appeared a lot of fans at the show were primarily there to see one member of the group, donning the t-shirt of the band they were there to represent. Even the pink "Dave Grohl Band" tee, complete with red heart and Ghohl's face on it, somehow made its way onto the stage by the end, shown off by Homme. But, each member was a joy to watch play on his own. JPJ is a real pro--the man can even shred on the mandolin. Grohl took the stage wearing drummer gloves, a sleeveless tee and shorts--what else do you need to tell you that he is just going to blaze on the drums for the next hour plus. The best part was that everyone on stage looked like they were thoroughly having fun.

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Dave Grohl cools off (photos by Katie Hovland)

The setlist (which you can see in full in Greg Kot's review) unfortunately didn't contain any covers from their main bands, but they did play a couple new ones, including "Highway One", a song that was released as a special 10-inch for Record Store Day. And, no encore for this one. It's a rule, said Homme, never leave them wanting less.

 
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Jeff Goeringer / May 20, 2010 3:02 PM

Just wanted to say i thought the photos taken by kate hovland were amazing. Keep up the great work kate.

JZ / May 20, 2010 3:19 PM

It's a rule, said Homme, never leave them wanting less.

If only more bands would follow this...

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