Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup featuring John Paul Jones, reunited to perform in London on September 3 as part of a Taylor Hawkins tribute concert.
The band, which consists of Jones, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and touring member Alain Johannes, reunited to play live for the first time since July 30, 2010.
Jones and the band played a cover of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, their own song “Gunman” and then Queens of the Stone Age’s “Long Slow Goodbye” at the London Taylor Hawkins tribute show which was broadcast live online. A second tribute concert is scheduled to take plan in Los Angeles on September 27, also featuring Jones.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are Them Crooked Vultures,” Homme said after their first song, “for right now, I’ll just leave it at that.”
The performance was Jones’ first live performance before an audience since February 8, 2020 when he played at a charity concert in Todos Santos, Mexico.
Jones and Jimmy Page performed with Hawkins and the Foo Fighters in London on June 7, 2008 when they joined the band on stage at Wembley Stadium. Together, they performed “Rock And Roll” (with Hawkins on vocals) and then “Ramble On”. Those performances were later released on the Foo Fighters’ Live at Wembley Stadium DVD.
Writing on Facebook on March 26, Jones paid tribute to Hawkins, calling him “a lovely man and a great drummer,” adding “We will miss you.”
Them Crooked Vultures released a single, self-titled album in 2009 and toured in 2009 and 2010 before going on hiatus.
Since then, Grohl and Homme have both expressed interest in restarting the group. In 2013, Homme told The West Australian that recording a second Them Crooked Vultures album is “a matter of timing”.
Grohl told The Australian in 2020 that a reunion of Them Crooked Vultures was inevitable. “I’m sure it’ll happen again. It’s only a matter of time,” he said.
In 2021, Grohl said during a Medicine at Midnight Radio show on Apple Music that the band “was incredibly inspiring. It was a really incredible time. I hope that someday we do it again.”
Previously unseen pro-shot footage of Them Crooked Vultures performing at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 was streamed on YouTube on October 16 as part of a charity event.