Old News: Paul McCartney Could Have Been In Them Crooked Vultures
If you have seen and heard Paul McCartney's collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana this past week, then you no doubt have entertained the thought of a tour or at least an album by the super group. As of now of course, they have only publicly released one track, "Cut Me Some Slack", which you heard on the Hurricane Sandy charity show telecast and this past weekend's Saturday Night Live.
But few remember that McCartney wanted in on Dave Grohl's last supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, a band that only released one album of material in 2009. The Vultures, made up of Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Grohl, QOTSA family member Alain Johannes, and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
According to interviews in early 2010, McCartney and Grohl had a dinner and drinks in early 2009, and McCartney expressed heavy interest in what Homme and Grohl had up their sleeves. That was when he found out that the Zep bassist had already been enlisted in the group.
So this current Maccavana, SirVana, Nirveatles or whatever thing has been a long time coming. It could have been McCartney onstage at ACL in 2009 with TCV instead, but one can't help but wonder if he would overshadowed the original work of the band.
Photo by Craig Hlavaty Them Crooked Vultures in 2009, with John Paul Jones (left) on bass
The Fireman, McCartney's studio collaboration with producer Youth, isn't too far from TCV and "Cut Me Some Slack" either, proving that McCartney isn't quite through being loud and dumb, even at 70.