Them Crooked Vultures play second secret Reading And Leeds Festivals gig

Dave Grohl blows kisses to the audience during the supergroup's set

Them Crooked Vultures played their second secret set of the Reading And Leeds Festivals this afternoon (August 29), performing to a heaving NME/Radio 1 Stage tent at the Reading site.

The band, made up of Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones and Alain Johannes, played roughly the same timeslot as they did yesterday at the Leeds Festival site.

Many fans initially weren’t sure whether the slot would feature Them Crooked Vultures, though their suspicions were confirmed as Homme walked onstage, inciting frenzied cheers from the massive audience, a fair portion of whom threw their drinks further into the crowd as celebration.


As the stage’s TV screens showed bassist Jones for the first time, he got a massive cheer from the crowd – though that was outdone when the cameras focused on Grohl sitting at his drum kit seconds later.

The band kicked off their eight-song set by playing the slow-paced ‘Elephant’. After the track, a beaming Grohl poured water over himself, while Homme called the audience “beautiful motherfuckers”.

Later in the set, the guitarist introduced each member to the crowd, inciting wild cheers as he did so. When he hailed Grohl, the former Nirvana drummer jokingly blew kisses at the Reading Festival audience.

Elsewhere in Them Crooked Vultures‘ performance, the band played the riff-heavy ‘Gunman’ and the epic ‘Daffodils’, which bears similarities to Homme‘s Desert Sessions work.

Before leaving the stage, the guitarist paid tribute to some of the other acts on the bill, singling out, “The Bronx, Spinnerette, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Prodigy, and the fucking Arctic Monkeys” as his favourites.

Them Crooked Vultures played:


‘Dead End Friends’
‘Mind Eraser (No Chaser)’
‘New Fang’
‘Nobody Loves Me (And Neither Do I)’

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