Them Crooked Vultures (4 stars)

Them Crooked Vultures

There aren’t many musicians who can overshadow Queens of the Stone Age mainman Josh Homme. Teaming up with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) on drums and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) on bass, Them Crooked Vultures have an enviable back history and their garage jam approach to low rumbling rock is even more thrilling live than on vinyl.

The band have huge grins plastered across their faces as they launch into the raw ‘No One Loves Me & Neither Do I’. There’s an undeniable thrill just to seeing JPJ playing bass – even the slap-bass of ‘Scumbag Blues’ is a joy to witness as you watch a master at work.

The same goes for Grohl as he pounds the skins. It’s just a shame there isn’t a drum riser for an even better view of one of modern rock’s most iconic drummers back where he belongs.

Playing it fast and loose, they bring a psychedelic swirl of stoner rock as tracks such as ‘Mind Eraser, No Chaser’ and ‘Caligulove’ rip through the rabid audience. A thrilling display of heavy rock from three masters of the art.

The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Tue 15 Dec


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