Them Crooked Vultures draw massive crowd for sunny Download set

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones 'get loose' for Main Stage set

Them Crooked Vultures drew a huge crowd to Download festival’s Main Stage today (June 11), playing to an audience basking in glorious sunshine.

The band, which features Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, tore through their set, which was elongated to 75-minutes by numerous extended jams and individual solos.

“It’s a fucking beautiful day out there,” Josh Homme quipped before the band played ‘Scumbag Blues’, which they turned into an epic nine-minute-long jam.


“We got to get loose today,” Homme told the audience midway through the track.

Before playing ‘No One Loves Me And Neither Do I’, Homme introduced each of his band members, with Led Zeppelin‘s Jones getting by far the biggest cheer from the crowd.

The band’s set also saw live guitarist Alain Johannes play solo while the rest of the band watched from the wings, while Jones also played a five-minute keyboard outro at one point.

Them Crooked Vultures played:

‘Scumbag Blues’
‘Dead End Friends’
‘No One Loves Me And Neither Do I’
‘New Fang’
‘Spinning In Daffodils’
‘Mind Eraser, No Chaser’
‘Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up’

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