At the moment, I'm staring at a shrink-wrapped promotional copy of Chickenfoot's self-titled debut LP, afraid of opening it and finding out exactly what feeble attempts at rock music lie inside. Who are Chickenfoot? They're new supergroup featuring guitar molester Joe Satriani, RHCP drummer Will Ferrell
, Sammy Hagar and his sidekick--former Van Halen "bassist" Michael Anthony.
Despite the album's accompanying press release claiming that the record "sets a new standard for rock music in the new millennium," I'm skeptical. Having yielded acts the likes of Audioslave and Velvet Revolver, this millennium has thus far been absolutely shudder-inducing when it comes to supergroups.
That, however, might soon change with the emergence of Them Crooked Vultures. Featuring Dave Grohl on drums, Led Zeppelin bassist and Nashville enthusiast John Paul Jones and led by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, them Vultures have the potential to be The Traveling Wilburys of hard rock. Josh Homme is one of few--if not THE only--people to do something interesting and innovative with hard rock in the modern era. Dave Grohl is rock's most solid and exciting drummer to watch and John Paul Jones is John Paul Fucking Jones. Plus, anything that gets Grohl back behind the kit and delays him in further soiling his good name with another Foo Fighters release CAN'T be a bad thing.
According to this post
on AEG Nashville's Facebook page, you'll have your chance to hear Them Crooked Vultures live when the band makes their Nashville debut at War Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 5. So far, the band has only played one show in the U.S. and have just started making the rounds on the European festival circuit--check out the above clip of them playing at Belgium's Pukkelpop Festival last week. Following an Oct. 2 appearance at the Austin City Limits Festival, the Nashville show will serve as the kickoff for the band's maiden voyage across the U.S.
Tickets for War Memorial show go onsale Sept. 5 at the TPAC site