By at 12:52 AM Friday, July 31st 2009


Stone Age Zeppelin Fighters Are Touring

Them Crooked Vultures, Music


Earlier this month we received definitive confirmation of the long-rumored collaboration between Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones. Much to the ecstatic delight of anyone with good taste in music, the band – who have dubbed themselves Them Crooked Vultures - is currently putting the finishing touches on an actual album.

Stone Age Zeppelin Fighters

Details are understandably scarce regarding this most secret of collaborations, but in a recent interview we did with Homme’s wife, Brody Dalle of Spinnerette, she shared her opinion:

“I’m not at liberty to talk about it… but I think [the project] is pretty fucking amazing. Just beats and sounds like you’ve never heard before.”

While enticing, that was the last word on the issue for a few weeks… until just the other night, that is.

Here’s the big news: We’ve learned from an inside source very involved in the developments that the band has concrete plans to tour together. Led Zeppelin is not reuniting, Foo Fighters are currently on hiatus, and Queens Of The Stone Age aren’t looking to reconvene until next year to record the follow-up to 2007′s Era Vulgaris. The runway is all clear for the best band you haven’t heard yet, and they’ve got their key in the ignition.

In a 2005 interview with Mojo magazine, Grohl confirmed the roles would be the most logical ones: “The next project that I’m trying to initiate involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.” So the only question remaining is who would be singing. Speculation runs rampant, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

John Paul Jones dropped a vague hint about the tour plans in April, in an interview with French journalist Cyril Deluermoz: ”I’m working on some other music, which is more rock based, with a couple of other people. We hope to be everywhere this summer.”

To summarize, we’ve confirmed an actual, concrete plan for shows this year. But here’s more: Now we’ve got the band’s name; Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal let it slip in an obscure interview with Winnipeg’s Power 97 last week: The band is called Them Crooked Vultures.

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At 1:20, Hughes drops the bomb… And then pauses at the realization that he probably shouldn’t have. Sorry, Boots.

Thanks to Seth & Why_Go for helping us uncover this news!

[Update 8/20: In addition to the 33-second teaser video from the band, a handful of videos have surfaced from both shows they've has played thus far, each with varying levels of horrible sound. Here's the best we've seen yet from Chicago and Dead End Friends from Melkweg.]


Meanwhile, On The Internet...

  1. Kate says:

    Hellll yeaaaaaaaaaaaah

  2. Ulrik says:

    I hope they come to Europe!! This will be sooooo awsome!

  3. Spinett says:

    The picture is ridiculously funny, great job!

  4. Mike says:

    they may melt my face

  5. Savory says:

    This is awesome.

  6. Silk says:

    The anticipation is getting ridiculous, GIVE US SOME TUNES :)

  7. Mike says:

    is it wrong that I kinda have a chubby?

  8. It Might Get Loud says:

    It would be wrong if you DIDN’T have a chubby.

    This has the potential to be amazing.

  9. John Paul Jones: not as gay as portrayed in the picture.

  10. 2hands10fingers says:

    There aren’t many super groups that really have caught my interest. Let’s hope this one is good.

  11. Rory says:

    I will be going to many many shows on this tour…

  12. Vincent says:

    They are Called “Crooked Vultures”

  13. Skwerl says:

    yep, we just updated the piece.

  14. Cosmo says:

    Keeping my ear to the ground on this one… most likely, we’ll get a couple of two shots at warm up gigs here in L.A.
    I’ll let you know if I hear of anything.

  15. tng/dharma69 says:

    It took a lot of self discipline on my part to get past that composite/collage/cartoon from hell and read this. Guess we know who NOT to trust with issues of national security. Rock on, Jesse.

  16. Axel says:

    Jesus Christ came back to make music.

  17. Katt says:

    Wow! That’s awesome!

  18. Mike says:

    They are playing in Chicago on Sunday!!!

  19. D says:

    one thing about supergroups: I don’t know if any agrees with me, but even when I don’t have high expectations for one, it’s hard to not buy an album from a supergroup out of pure curiousity to find out how the musicians work together

  20. Ok This is the best fucking news Ive heard all year. I think having a chubby is more than fair.

    If only we could support them that would be ace!!!

  21. KC says:

    Cannot WAIT……….I’ll be their singer!

  22. chris farrelly says:

    bring it to england dudes! see dave on drums &jpj &jimmy page at foo`s at wembley…fookin awesome! can`t wait for the vultures to circle in english skies!

  23. Felipe Lucio says:

    Do they really need a singer? C’mon, we’re talking of a band with Grohl, Homme and JPJ! Any of them can sing!

  24. Skwerl says:

    i have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be all instrumental. totally unfounded though. probably homme on the mic.

  25. Gerry says:

    Thats right. CHICAGO is the first show. Fuck LA and NYC.

  26. Manon says:

    They are coming to freakin LOWLANDS!!!!! Happy as Hell!!
    Best band ever! :D:D

    <3 Dave!

  27. Emmz says:

    Better than The Dead Weather? They’re AMAZING live.

  28. never-to-return says:

    The Dead Weather? Really?

  29. Treeza says:

    OMG…am creaming at the thought of this group!!!! Yessir! x

  30. Ray says:

    Tomorrow they play in Amsterdam! And I got a ticket!!! Wooooiiiaaa! Can’t wait.

  31. Frank says:

    live record of first 6 songs..

  32. mike says:


  33. lol, I adore Jenson Button! He’s so charming

  34. Pressingly lovely blog column.

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