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Them Crooked Vultures – behind the scenes

  • Last week NME magazine ran the world exclusive first interview with supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, so today we're taking a look at the band and its three legendary members. Here frontman Josh Homme (of Queens Of The Stone Age) concentrates during practice. Pic: Dustin Rabin

    Photo: Dustin Rabin

    Added: 16 Nov 2009

  • Homme told the mag that putting it all together was "like three people solving a giant Rubik's Cube". He also said their self-titled debut album was the most difficult he's ever made. Pic: Dustin Rabin

    Photo: Dustin Rabin

    Added: 16 Nov 2009

  • Them Crooked Vultures played their first ever show at the Metro in Chicago on August 9 2009, playing an 80-minute set full of original material. Here they pose for their NME cover. Pic: Dustin Rabin

    Photo: Dustin Rabin

    Added: 16 Nov 2009

  • Them Crooked Vultures' European debut was at Amsterdam's Melkweg venue before they headed to England to support Arctic Monkeys at Brixton and play two astonishing shows at Reading And Leeds Festivals. Pic: Dustin Rabin

    Photo: Dustin Rabin

    Added: 16 Nov 2009

  • Them Crooked Vultures return to the UK in December for the Deserve The Future tour, which begins in Plymouth on Dec 10. For tickets head here. Pic: Dustin Rabin

    Photo: Dustin Rabin

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  • Them Crooked Vultures' eponymous debut scored 8/10 in our album review. Dave Grohl said to us of the project: "For 20 years people have asked me what my dream line-up is. And now I can say I'm in it." Pic: Dustin Rabin

    Photo: Dustin Rabin

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  • Them Crooked Vultures' drummer Dave Grohl already has a packed CV that includes stints behind the kit for Nirvana, Killing Joke, Tenacious D, The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails. Pic: PA Photos

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  • John Paul Jones, meanwhile, is revered as one of the greatest bass players of all time. Not that that's his only instrument – he's also adept at guitar, ukelele, sitar, cello, continuum, lap steel guitar, organ and many, many more. Pic: Danny North

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    Added: 28 Aug 2009

  • Josh Homme has equally impressive credentials. He was a founding member of both Queens Of The Stone Age and Kyuss, is occasionally seen playing with Eagles Of Death Metal and created the legendary Desert Sessions project. Pic: Danny North

    Photo: Danny North

    Added: 28 Aug 2009

  • The three members of Them Crooked Vultures met for the first time at Dave Grohl's birthday party at a themed restaurant called Medieval Times. The unusual venue "broke the ice with a lance", recalls Josh Homme. Pic: Danny North

    Photo: Danny North

    Added: 28 Aug 2009

  • Josh Homme was particularly excited about taking Them Crooked Vultures onto the road. "I've felt like a puppy with rabies, frothing and jumping, because I didn't know what's going to happen," he said. Pic: Dustin Rabin

    Photo: Dustin Rabin

    Added: 16 Nov 2009

  • All three Vultures had a hand in producing their debut album, but it was mixed by Alan Moulder, a pro who's worked with everyone from Erasure and My Bloody Valentine to Smashing Pumpkins and Ride.

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  • Them Crooked Vultures shot side of stage at Reading Festival. At this point in the show bassist John Paul Jones was playing out of time on purpose in an attempt to distract Dave Grohl. Pic: Splash

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    Added: 16 Nov 2009

  • Ex-Led Zeppelin man John Paul Jones has been enjoying the gigs. "These are the first shows in years when nobody has shouted out for 'Stairway To Heaven'," he admitted to us last week. Pic: Retna

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    Added: 16 Nov 2009

  • In last week's issue Grohl explained how he dealt with playing drums with a bass player who's jammed with John Bonham: "I entered into this knowing, OK, he's already played with the greatest rock drummer of all time. There's no way on earth that John will ever say, 'Dave, you're the best drummer I've ever played with'". Pic: Retna

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  • Although a three-piece supergroup, the band is joined live onstage by rhythm guitarist Alain Johannes, who plays in a band called Elevens but has collaborated with a whole host of musicians and bands including Chris Cornell, Queens Of The Stone Age and Mark Lanegan. Pic: Retna

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  • Queens Of The Stone Age fans can take heart from some recent comments from guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, who's said that the band plan to reconvene in 2010. Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 11 Nov 2009

  • John Paul Jones brought a lot to the table during his time with Led Zeppelin, from the basslines to 'Black Dog' and 'The Lemon Song' to the massive organ solo in 'No Quarter', which could sometimes go on for up to 30 minutes at live shows. Pic: PA Photos

    Photo: Pa Photos

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  • Dave Grohl and Josh Homme haven't committed to another album from the band but John Paul Jones is very keen. "Eventually their bands will want them back, but they're going to have to fight me first," he told us. Pic: Retna

    Photo: Retna

    Added: 16 Nov 2009