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Them Crooked Vultuures Brixton O2 Academy, London

5 July 2010 7,913 views 9 Comments

Set List: Mind Eraser/Dead End Friends/Scumbag Blues/Elephants/Highway 1/Gunman/Nobody Loves Me/Bandoliers/Interlude With Ludes/Caliulove/You Can’t Possibly Begin To Imagine/Daffodils/Reptiles/Warsaw/Encore New Fang

Them Crooked Vultures took what may, or may not be their last UK  bow last night at a triumphant finale at London’s Brixton 02 Academy.  As Josh Homme noted, it brought the band full circle as it was here last August that the Vultures first announced themselves at a low key support slot to the Arctic Monkeys.

There was nothing low key about this Brixton return – a benefit show for TCV friend, Homme collaborator and bassist with Eagle Of Death Metal   Brian O Connor. In front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd they proceeded to batter the senses with a full on rock assault that went down an absolute storm. It was good to see them shake up the set list order. Scumbag Blues was an early indication of their intent as JPJ and Dave Grohl effortlessly locked in to one of those extended jams we have come to know and love.

All the stock in trade TCV ingredients were present: Dave’s ever forceful percussion, Josh’s committed guitar and vocal prowess, Alain Johanne’s unflagging rhythm support and the man with the various bass guitars and keyboards John Paul Jones – not to mention violin on You Can’t Possibly Begin To Imagine.  The spontaneous chants of ‘’John Paul Jones’’ ‘’John Paul Jones’’ from the crowd after Josh introduced him was another stirring moment.

The latter song title was also an appropriate phrase to describe the sheer fervency of the three young ladies directly in front of me against the stage barriers. I couldn’t begin to imagine the sheer passion these fans had for this band had I not witnessed it for myself. They knew every word of every song and punctuated every riff in that crazed dance style so favoured by the likes of Florence Welch (and her machine). On the 30th anniversary of Tom and I being in attendance at the penultimate Led Zeppelin show in Munich, it was a vivid illustration of how this music transcends the generations -and how potent a musician John Paul Jones still is three decades on.

After a searing encore of New Fang, the members of the band soaked up the adulation with a final bow. As the audience dispersed, the plaintive tones of Roy Orbison’s It’s Over drifted out from the PA.

Indeed it may or may not be over…it remains to be seen if they can re-group again in the future after the final dates in Japan.  One things for sure though, the journey we have enjoyed with Them Crooked Vultures these past twelve months will certainly not be forgotten.

Dave Lewis, July 6th 2010

From Munich To Brixton 30 Years Gone –  “It’s been a lifetime…but a second” : Tom Locke and Dave Lewis Brixton 02 Academy July 5th 2010

All pics by Gary Foy -set list via Mick Bulow

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  • andrew said:

    Gee they cant pack it in now…..theyre the best band goin at the moment

  • Matos said:

    Fantastic gig, but why was the PA so loud! All very clever but it does not help the sound.

  • Cliff Hilliard said:

    Hi Dave, Gary & Tom,
    Another great night shared in your company, wonderful stories from Munich and other gigs. TCV played their hearts out last night, maybe they already knew it would be their UK gig…EVER, a concert worthy of such a final act !
    Looking forward to meeting up again.
    Cheers Cliff

  • Tom Cory said:

    Nice to see you last night Dave. I’ll hopefully make it down for the meet up on 25th September. Tom

  • john west said:

    Hi Dave,
    great review it was a long day havin travelled from Stoke but well worth it despite not getting home till 6.00 am, coach travel eh?.Despite that The band were realy on form more impros since last time I saw em in Blackpool. JPJ astounding – really enjoying himself. A gig for a worthy cause and lets hope a lot was raised for this on the night.


  • Stella said:

    Hi Dave!
    Excellent text!! I was there yesterday too, I’m in your pic! I’m the ginger girl looking back trying to find my audition back!ahahah Grohl is a animal on drumms!! I’m still deaf now lol

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Always great to hear from you and look forward to seeing you at the Sept 25 gathering – will be in touch with more details soon

  • Steve "The Lemon" Sauer said:

    They shall return again, Dave.

  • Mark Harrison said:

    Great reading Dave
    If it wasn’t for this stroke, I WOULD have been there……

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