Thursday, April 15, 2010

John Paul Jones plays fiddle on new addition to Vultures live set

John Paul Jones played fiddle onstage last night, for quite possibly the first time in his career, while his band debuted a new song in concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

The song, titled "You Can't Possibly Begin to Imagine" (shortened to "Can't Possibly" on the printed set list), is one of a handful copyrighted by Them Crooked Vultures last year and not included on their debut album.

As the song kicks off, frontman Josh Homme at center stage plays some blues guitar licks, and he is soon joined by Alain Johannes on slide guitar. Eventually, Jones joins out front on fiddle and Homme's lyrics kick in. Soon, Dave Grohl enters on drums, although at a very laid back pace for him. For the middle and second half of the song, Jones switches instruments and plays some rollicking piano.

This new entry into the live set comes as the band last night kicked off a final set of tour dates in the United States before going on hiatus this summer. Both Grohl and Homme have other bands to return to, while Jones hasn't announced exactly what his plans would be during his time off from Them Crooked Vultures.

Before then, there are still plenty more shows to play, including tomorrow's appearance at the Coachella festival in California, Saturday's gig in Las Vegas, and Monday's in Denver.

Earlier this week, the band entertained the live studio audiences assembled for tapings of both the Monday and Tuesday night episodes of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," performing two songs each night. For that late-night TV show, Them Crooked Vultures stuck to playing four of the 13 songs on their self-titled album.

Monday night, April 12: "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" and "Gunman"
Tuesday night, April 13: "New Fang" and "Dead End Friends"

"Highway 1," the only other song the band plays live that is not part of their November release, is still part of the set list as of last night.

That song, which is marked by Jones starting it off with a heavy and lightning-speed riff played on electric mandolin, debuted during a concert in Boston in October and has been consistently performed at shows since then.

A live version of "Highway 1" is set to be released for the first time this Saturday, April 17, on a 10-inch vinyl picture disc made specially to support Independent Record Store Day.

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