Them Crooked Vultures Bring New Meaning To Heavy In Boston

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By Zach Shaw

It isn’t very often you get to witness an all-star super group with out having any clue as what to expect. Despite showcasing a line-up of heavy weights like Dave Grohl ( Foo Fighters) on drums, Josh Hommes (Queens Of The Stone Age) on vocals/guitars and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin….yes you heard correctly) on bass, Them Crooked Vultures has done a hell of a job keeping a low profile. Not only have they not released any music, but they’ve barely done any promotion of the band’s existence. Thus, unless if you’ve watched low quality videos of their surprise summer shows on Youtube, you probably don’t even know who Them Crooked Vultures are. With that in mind, everybody who entered the House of Blues in Boston that night (on October 11) was eager to discover the great mystery. What in the hell would Them Crooked Vultures sound like? Would it sound like Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, or Queens Of The Stone Age? Would it sound like a mix? Would it even sound any good? Well once the band (joined by Queens Of The Stone Age live rhythm guitarist Alain Johannes) appeared onstage, all doubts were at ease.

Them Crooked Vultures took no time blowing the audience away. With Homme’s meaty guitar riffs, Grohls’ heart-pounding drumming and John Paul Jones’ heavy bass groove, the band sounded like an unstoppable, well-oiled machine. As they tore through their 13 song set, you could see their enthusiasm pouring through each note. Each member played to perfection as if they had been playing the set their entire career. Watching the band perform as a cohesive unit was the most thrilling part of the show, though no one expected anything less from such a talented lineup. While some songs possessed a similar sound to Queens Of The Stone Age (due to Homme’s distinct vocals and guitar tone), the band mix elements of melody and technicality that displayed how simple yet heavy the music was. Whether you prefer Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters or Queens Of The Stone Age, you will be pleasantly surprised at how unique the band’s sound is. It’s a reminder of how refreshing it is to discover new music in a live atmosphere.

To say that Them Crooked Vultures is a super group is an understatement. These seasoned musicians have applied their talent and love into music that is refreshing and passionate. Them Crooked Vultures came onstage as a cohesive unit, not three separate musicians. They destroyed the audience with the strength and confidence usually reserved for an elder group, while possessing the fire and drive only seen in a new band. Them Crooked Vultures are not just a super group. They are a monster juggernaut of a band ready to tear you into pieces.

Take a look at a few photos from the show below. If you want to see more, take a look at the gallery I posted on my Facebook.

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