Them Crooked Vultures make UK live debut with Arctic Monkeys

Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Led Zep supergroup are surprise support in London

Them Crooked Vultures made their UK live debut in London tonight (August 26), playing as special guests of Arctic Monkeys.

The supergroup, featuring Foo FightersDave Grohl, Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones and Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Josh Homme, kicked off proceedings at the O2 Academy Brixton, surprising many crowd members who had arrived at the venue early.

Taking the stage to loud applause the trio – joined by guitarist Alain Johannes – opened their heavy rock set with Homme offering a simple “Hello”.

With Homme on lead vocals, the band played songs including ‘Elephant’, which they have posted online, and a host of new efforts.

“We’re very excited to be with you tonight,” Homme, who co-produced the headliners’ new album ‘Humbug’, told the crowd. “We’re a new band, we’re going to play a lot of new music tonight, we hope you enjoy it!”

Moving on to ‘Gunman’, Homme paused midway through the song to encourage the then-full venue to make the most of the British debut.

“You can do whatever you want tonight,” he declared before pointing at a bouncer. “This guy works for me, he might be smiling but I’ll fire his ass. If you want to dance, dance, you’re supposed to have a good time.”

Following ‘Mind Eraser (No Chaser)’, Jones switched from bass to keyboards for ‘Caligula’ while Grohl supplied backing vocals from behind his drum kit.

Them Crooked Vultures then dedicated ‘Daffodils’ to Arctic Monkeys to thank them for the slot. They ended their set with ‘Nobody Loves Me And Neither Do I’ – for which Jones played a sci-fi slide guitar – and an unnamed epic number to close.

“We’ve had a lovely time, we hope you did too,” declared Homme. “See you at the party afterwards!”

Arctic Monkeys are now set play, warming up for their headlining appearance at the Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend (August 28-30). Stay tuned to NME.COM for a full report.