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Supergroup Them Crooked Vultures joins crowded Nov. 17 release date

October 22, 2009 |  2:47 pm


Rock 'n' roll supergroup Them Crooked Vultures has penciled in Nov. 17 for the debut of its self-titled debut album, a release date that's quickly shaping up to be quite the busy one. Them Crooked Vultures comes complete with an all-star lineup of Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and John Paul Jones.

The act has been busy on the road, having appeared at the Austin City Limits Festival in early October. Yet a Los Angeles date remains elusive. In December, Them Crooked Vultures will head to Europe, and will then play Australia in January. The act has already hit such major American cities as New York and Philadelphia, and a press release teases more tour dates in the near future, yet does not hint at more North American appearances.

Early reviews have been raves, including the debut appearance of the band in Chicago. Of the act's Austin City Limits appearance, Rolling Stone wrote, "What’s most surprising about the live experience is just how nasty the songs are. Far from boilerplate modern rock, the music instead coils and snaps like a rattlesnake, a mile-high stack of filthy riffs powered by Grohl’s whipcrack percussion."

Them Crooked Vultures is the latest to jump in on the pre-Thanksgiving release date. It was also officially announced Thursday that British pop singer Leona Lewis would release her sophomore effort on the 17th, "Echo." Other artists releasing that day include "Britain's Got Talent" sensation Susan Boyle and "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert, as well as the latest efforts from non-TV-bred stars such as John Mayer and Norah Jones.

--Todd Martens

Photo: Them Crooked Vultures. John Paul Jones, from left, Dave Grohl and Joshua Homme. Credit: EPA