@AndyShore Rob, @MattSilver and I wandered over to the Coachella stage a little early for Them Crooked Vultures. We wanted to make sure we had good spots. The three of us settled into a spot dead center, a little in front of the sound board. Once Zack met up with us, we wouldn’t move from that spot for the rest of the night. It was too good of a vantage point to give it up for Jay Z. Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and the other guy took the stage to a roar from the crowd.
JPJ began with his hybrid slide bass/compuer. He also played basses with 10 and 12 strings, as well as the keys. When Homme introduced him during the set, he called JPJ, “John Paul Mother F-ing Jones on every instrument in the world.”
Grohl pounds his kit with a fury. He hits those drums so hard, they had dozens of sandbags piled around his drums to keep them from falling off his riser. I miss him working the crowd and setting off tens of thousands of people with a single scream. That being said, holy cow is Grohl an excellent drummer. The biggest rockstar of our generation, hands down.
Though Grohl doesn’t front Them Crooked Vultures, Homme does. Quite capably I might add. He’s funny and engaging. He got the crowd to clap, saying, “There’s nothing wrong with clapping, just something wrong with getting the clap.” He told us it was their job to deliver a show we would never remember. He’s not all talk. Homme can shred with the best of them.
There’s only one album of material to choose from, so you basically know what you’re gonna get. Homme dedicated “Scumbag Blues” to the crowd. Stand outs included my personal TCV favorite “Mind Eraser, No Chaser” and “New Fang.” I challenge you to come up with a better rhythm section than JPJ and Grohl. They keep on thumping and keep you grooving. Homme’s guitar provides the melody. Put them all together, and TCV is not a show to be missed.