Them Crooked Vultures briefly reunited during Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday (September 3).
That cut supergroup — med Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age Josh Homme and Led ZeppelinJohn Paul Jones – joined the stage together for the first time in more than 12 years to honor the late Foos drummer, who died earlier this year aged 50.
The surprise moment was followed by a video tribute Elton John, who was unable to perform at the all-star event due to a scheduling conflict. Teaming up with guitarist Alain Johannes, the rock outfit appropriately launched into a cover of John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” followed by their song “Gunman” and QOTSA’s “Long Slow Goodbye.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are Them Crooked Vultures,” Homme told the crowd. “Because right now, I’m just going to leave it alone.”
Them Crooked Vultures released their self-titled debut in 2009 and last performed together the following year. The band hasn’t released new music since then, but Grohl has hinted at a possible reunion in 2019.
“Technically we’re still a band,” the Foo Fighters frontman told The Guardian back then. “We rehearse once every decade, and we’re coming up with another decade, right? I don’t have any official news, but there’s always something cooking.”
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert had already featured tons of unique pairings at press time, starting with Liam Gallagher singing Oasis backed by the Foo Fighters, another surprise reunion from the James Gang, Hawkins’ Chevy Metal and Coattail Riders teaming up with Kesha and Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and more.
The show was launched with Foo Fighters members Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jafee taking the stage together, followed by a heartfelt kick-off message from Grohl.
“Tonight we are gathered here to celebrate the life, music and love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother, Taylor Hawkins,” the frontman told the packed crowd. “We’ve gathered family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and his biggest inspirations to bring you a giant f—ing night for a giant f—ing person. Sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make some f—ing noise so he can hear us right now.”
Live coverage of the Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert began at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT. The concert will be streamed on Paramount+ domestically, Pluto TV internationally and through MTV’s YouTube channel.
A second tribute concert will take place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September. 27.
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