Sep 15 2009

John Paul Jones joins new supergroup ‘Them Crooked Vultures’

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin in action during the 1970s

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin in action during the 1970's

Well, it looks as though the Led Zeppelin reunion tour won’t be taking place after all. As reported on the John Paul Jones web site on August 10th, 2009 he’s joined a new supergroup called, ‘Them Crooked Vultures‘.

The new group features Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl and no other than the legendary John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. According to the official Them Crooked Vultures web site, they are slated to hit the road in October already. October 1st, they’ll be in Austin, Texas at Stubb’s and then they’ll be at the Austin City Limits Festival on the 2nd. Those of you who are familiar with PBS television will probably be aware of this excellent musical showcase program and hopefully there will be a broadcast of the event and performance of the band sometime in the near future. Check more Them Crooked Vultures tour dates to see if they are coming to your town.

It looks as though the web site allows you to participate in a forum, purchase an official t-shirt, sign-up for a mailing list and also explore a Google Earth feature that I’m still trying to figure out. I installed the plug-in, but I just get zoomed into an unknown location in France I think and can’t navigate out of it?

Here’s an image of the guys hard at work:

Live performance image of Them Crooked Vultures

Live performance image of Them Crooked Vultures

YouTube videos of Them Crooked Vultures

There seems to be a lot going on in this realm at the moment and I expect more to follow soon. The teaser video sounds great! Song is called, “Scumbag Blues”. No images of the guys in the band, all visuals of vultures walking around in a very graphical layout. Quite engaging!

I would strongly suggest subscribing to their channel on YouTube to keep up-to-date on what they are doing. Here’s the link to the official Them Crooked Vultures YouTube Channel. There’s some pretty cool in-studio material plus some live fan videos. Here’s a studio video:

And yet one more glimpse from a secret gig at the Brixton Academy on August 26th, 2009:

Pretty interesting sounds, but it probably puts the Led Zeppelin reunion tour rumors to rest, which is unfortunate.

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees Web Design & Development Studio