Them Crooked Vultures kick off Teenage Cancer Trust gigs in London

Dave Grohl and co play Royal Albert Hall

Them Crooked Vultures kicked off 2010’s Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows at London‘s Royal Albert Hall last night (March 22).

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones brought their band back to the UK for the first of the shows hosted by The Who‘s Roger Daltrey, that will also see appearances from Suede and Noel Gallagher.

After an opening set from Linda Perry-produced rock band Little Fish and an appeal and introduction from Daltrey about the charity, the band played for almost two hours.


Singer/guitarist Homme told the crowd, “What an absolute pleasure to see you all here this evening. London let its hair down for the right reason, huh?” before leading the band into ‘No One Loves Me And Neither Do I’.

The supergroup went on to run through the majority of their self-titled debut album, plus unreleased song ‘Highway One’. After single ‘Mind Eraser, No Chaser’ Homme looked over to former Led Zeppelin bassist Jones and quipped: “I think we’re the heaviest thing here since you played here last, Jones.”

Them Crooked Vultures played:

‘No One Loves Me And Neither Do I’
‘Dead End Friends’
‘Scumbag Blues’
‘Highway One’
‘New Fang’
‘Mind Eraser, No Chaser’
‘Interlude With Ludes’
‘Spinning In Daffodils’

The show was watched by Arctic MonkeysAlex Turner, his Last Shadow Puppets bandmate Miles Kane, Life On Mars actor Phillip Glenister and The IT Crowd stars Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry.

The Teenage Cancer Trust shows continue tonight (March 23) at the London venue with a comedy show including acts such as Noel Fielding and Jimmy Carr.


Meanwhile this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig will take place as part of the run, with this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music recipents The Specials playing on March 29.

Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher and The Who are among the other bands playing Teenage Cancer Trust shows this year. NME.COM will be bringing you full reports from the shows, while Absolute Radio will have live recordings and interviews from the gigs.