Dave Grohl isn’t ruling out a return of THEM CROOKED VULTURES. The supergroup he formed more than a decade ago with LED ZEPPELIN‘s John Paul Jones and Josh Homme (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) released its first and only album to date in 2009 and toured extensively behind the LP, but hasn’t performed live since November 2010.
In a new interview with The Guardian, Grohl stated about THEM CROOKED VULTURES: “Technically we’re still a band. We practice once every decade, and we’re coming up on another decade, aren’t we? I don’t have any official news but there’s always something cooking.”
Regarding his relationship with Homme, Grohl said: “Josh is one of my best friends. We’re like brothers. We go out and have waffles together. We ride motorcycles. There is nobody I’d rather play drums with. He’s the guy.”
As for Jones, Grohl admitted that he still occasionally gets starstruck. “There are times when you’ve relaxed into a sofa and you’re not thinking about his time in LED ZEPPELIN,” he said. “Then you start playing and you’re immediately reminded that you are a musical speck compared to this man. It’s still hard to accept that I got to play in a band with that guy.”
In a 2017 interview with Beats 1, Grohl said that he and his THEM CROOKED VULTURES bandmates have talked about a possible reunion. “Every once in a while, you’ll be up at night drinking a bottle of wine by yourself, and you’ll watch some CROOKED VULTURES live thing on YouTube and go, ‘We were so good!,’ and then we’ll text each other saying, ‘Miss you, man!’,” he said.
“Them Crooked Vultures” peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard chart, and failed to achieve gold or platinum certification.
“We all want to do another record,” Homme said after the LP’s release. “I don’t know when that would be or if it’s even gonna happen. … I know the next record would be, like, ‘sophomore jinx, my ass,’ ’cause we know one another now. We were actually just hitting our stride in the studio when we knew we should stop. That was one of the main struggles. ‘Dude, we’re just getting going.’ But we knew we shouldn’t take too long. This stuff, if you’re not careful, turns to vapor. We gotta live in the now.”
Four years after THEM CROOKED VULTURES‘ last concert, Grohl told NME that he “would love to make another VULTURES record. I think our biggest hurdle is just a logistic one, that the three of us are all pretty busy,” he said.