October 27, 2009
THE Supergroup: Them Crooked Vultures
Seems like the Traveling Wilburys may have had a bigger impact on music than I realized. The late 80s first true "supergroup" included four outright legends: Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Not too bad. Of course the sum definitely didn't add up to the parts though they had a few decent songs. Looks like the "suergroup" can be added to the list of 80s influences on the current music landscape. From Thom Yorke and Flea teaming up, to the Monsters of Folk (Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Connor Oberst of Bright Eyes and M. Ward of, well, M. Ward) everyone is doing it.
Them Crooked Vultures may take the cake though for the most insanely awesome of all of these pairings. Dave Grohl returns back behind the drums for the first time since Nirvana, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age takes lead guitar and vocals, and JOHN PAUL JONES of LED F'ing ZEPPELIN is on bass. This is a match made in hard alternative rock heaven. There first single, "New Fang" you can listen to below. And unlike the Traveling Wilburys this is no victory lap - these guys are really going for it. Really digging this.
Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones are coming to Los Angeles to start their tour (of course it's in LA) on November 17th, the same day their self-titled debut album drops. Tickets go onsale THIS Saturday October 31st at 10am on Ticketmaster. Also, should be a pre-sale on Thursday through Live Nation - I will keep you posted. It's not quite a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, but pretty exciting nonetheless. Look for more dates to be added in the near future. http://themcrookedvultures.com/tour/