Them Crooked Vultures
Uitgegeven: 22 augustus 2009 19:51
Laatst gewijzigd: 22 augustus 2009 22:43
BIDDINGHUIZEN - At 17:10 there was a lot of tension in the Grolsch-tent. Would the Mystery Band be the new 'supergroup' Them Crooked Vultures, or did the Lowlands-organisation pay 50.000 for another band?
The relief was great when Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana and now frontman of Foo Fighters appeared on stage followed by QOTSA-frontman Josh Homme and LZ-bassist John Paul Jones.
The tent is a big mass of waving hands and screaming people and even far outside the tent there are masses of people. No mouse could be added under the tentsail.
The sound of Them Crooked Vultures is less surprising. Josh leaves the biggest mark on the sound with his specific guitar sound and distinctive voice.
This leads to the band sounding primarily like QOTSA with wild drums. Live the trio is assisted by Alain Johannes, known by the incrowd from his own band Eleven, or his collaboration with Chris Cornell and Spinnerette.
Them Crooked Vultures is super-tight and the audiance listens to every sound. This is exactly what you'd expect of the three rock 'n' roll-heroes. Grohl almost breaks his sticks on the drumkit and Homme plays the charismatic frontman.
Jones is like a child in a candy-shop (couldn't be any happier), overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome and clearly happy to be standing on stage again.
The audiance is thanked plentiful with a practised 'dankjewel' and Homme has apparently picked up some dutch swear-words backstage. "It's hot like a klootzak up here", he reports in mid-show. "That's Dutch for ball sack, Dave", he teaches Grohl.
After a dozen still unknown songs - the album isn't out yet - the show is ended with a Zeppelin-like jam. A class performance, though not as surprising the hype had made us believe.