Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones bring Them Crooked Vultures to Reading

So I was going to do a round-up of the greatest moments from Day Two at Reading, but then this one little impromptu show came and blew everything else out of the water.

Once Patrick Wolf had finished prancing round the NME/Radio 1 Stage to a yawning crowd, everything suddenly went on lock down. Passes to the area stopped working, security doubled and blaggers tripled and finally three legends surfaced in the area.

Them Crooked Vultures

Having stupidly chosen Super Furry Animals over Page & Plant at some distant Reading past, I was determined not to miss the chance to see the other remaining Led Zep legend in action – and he didn’t disappoint. Playing a variety of ridiculous instruments, including a vintage 12-string bass and a purple portable slide guitar plus of course a full-on church organ, John Paul Jones was unbelievable. Add in Josh Homme and Dave Grohl – who by the end was getting close to Bonham’s league – and you had the supergroup to end them all.

When drums and bass locked in for epic closer ‘Nobody Loves Me (And Neither Do I), and John Paul Jones started staring Grohl out while playing off-beat in an attempt to put him off it was just genius. Everything was so note perfect and tight it had Zane Lowe – who must have seen a million gigs – throwing his hands in the air in disbelief.

Them Crooked Vultures at Reading

This is what I’m talking about: