@AndyShore Rob, @MattSilver and I wandered over to the Coachella stage a little early for Them Crooked Vultures. We wanted to make sure we had good spots. The three of us settled into a spot dead center, a little in front of the sound board. Once Zack met up with us, we wouldn't move from that spot for the rest of the night. It was too good of a vantage point to give it up for Jay Z. Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and the other guy took the stage to a roar from the crowd.
JPJ began with his hybrid slide bass/compuer. He also played basses with 10 and 12 strings, as well as the keys. When Homme introduced him during the set, he called JPJ, "John Paul Mother F-ing Jones on every instrument in the world."
Grohl pounds his kit with a fury. He hits those drums so hard, they had dozens of sandbags piled around his drums to keep them from falling off his riser. I miss him working the crowd and setting off tens of thousands of people with a single scream. That being said, holy cow is Grohl an excellent drummer. The biggest rockstar of our generation, hands down.
Though Grohl doesn't front Them Crooked Vultures, Homme does. Quite capably I might add. He's funny and engaging. He got the crowd to clap, saying, "There's nothing wrong with clapping, just something wrong with getting the clap." He told us it was their job to deliver a show we would never remember. He's not all talk. Homme can shred with the best of them.
There's only one album of material to choose from, so you basically know what you're gonna get. Homme dedicated "Scumbag Blues" to the crowd. Stand outs included my personal TCV favorite "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" and "New Fang." I challenge you to come up with a better rhythm section than JPJ and Grohl. They keep on thumping and keep you grooving. Homme's guitar provides the melody. Put them all together, and TCV is not a show to be missed.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival worth the wait
By Bruce Fessier ? The Desert Sun ? April 17, 2010
A volcano on the other side of the world and record crowds kept Day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival from unfolding exactly as planned, but the music still flowed smoothly from a wide array of sources at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Friday.
The UK band the Cribs, featuring former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, missed their afternoon set at the Outdoor Theatre because of complications from the volcano in Iceland, which caused flight cancellations from Great Britain.
A record 75,000 people created traffic jams and uncomfortable lines getting into the festival. When the event staff ran out of wristbands on Friday afternoon, Indio Police Sgt. Ben Guitron said, "People are getting impatient. It's a little hot and the lines are long."
But once the crowd made it to the expansive green festival grounds decorated with bizarre art installations and thousands of rose bushes, the collective blood pressure seemed to drop. Temperatures were actually among the mildest in Coachella history.
"I think it's really hard to get in and, once you get in, it's magical," said Jackie Marchand of New York, who waited an hour-and-a-half to get into the festival gates. "I think they could streamline the process, (but) I like the diversity of music and it's a really good spirit. Everybody's having a good time and there's not any bad energy."
Hometown rock star Josh Homme served as somewhat of an ambassador for the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice promoters when his latest band, Them Crooked Vultures, came on the Main Stage after sundown and dedicated a song from their 2009 self-titled debut album, "Dead End Kids," to friends who could have joined him at 1990s generator parties in the desert.
"You know me, this is my home town," the singer-guitarist said. "I'm Joshua."
Them Crooked Vultures, featuring Nirvana and Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl on drums and Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones on bass with local Alain Johannes on second guitar, played a wide range of powerful, straightahead rock, including their first single, "New Fang," and the Cream-inspired "Scumbag Blues."
Coachella, now in its 11th year as the most acclaimed music festival in the United States, is known for its diverse music. But Day 1 seemed to push that envelope as much as the festival expanded in size.