There’s a sense of excitement as the sun begins to set on the first day at Download 2010. And why not? After all, it’s not every day you get to hear a band that includes members of Led ZeppelinFoo Fighters andQueens of the Stone Age playing together at Donington.

Of course, with Them Crooked Vultures, that’s exactly what you’re getting. Headlining the Maurice Jones Stage to a packed out crowd,Josh HommeJohn Paul Jones and Dave Grohl walked out to a deafening cheer, with all the class and experience you would expect from a supergroup of their demeanour.

“It’s a fucking beautiful day today” says Josh, before the band break in to Scumbag Blues, which includes some disgustingly beautiful bass riffs from John, inducing mass applause from the crowd. The cheeky smirk on his face shows that he knows he’s got us in the palm of his hand.

Dave is phenomenal on the drums. Clearly his well-documented obsession with “FRESH POTS” (Google it!) is paying off, as he bashes his way through hit after hit, showing no signs of slowing down. He is an animal.

Topping it all off, Josh’s vocals soar over the tight-as-a-nun sound of the band. And with tenacious guitar solos melting many a-face, it’s clear that the front man is enjoying himself.

Dead End Friends is a head banging, arms-in-the-air explosion. Nobody Loves Me & Neither Do I is a sing-a-long anthem that just keeps on giving. And New Fang sounds spectacular live. What these three don’t know about writing a catchy riff ain’t worth knowing.

John swaps his bass guitar for a piano, and busts out a foot-stomping blues riff. Dave stares at him like a coiled spring, whilst Josh sits down front of stage for a cigarette. Smoking definitely kills, but it never looked so good.

There’s a storm coming” warns Josh before the band bust in to Mind Eraser. He’s right, but when he snarls at the clouds, it manages to scare the rain away.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to play for you tonight Donington” says Josh, before firing up the bands final track. “Go ahead, sing” he insists. The crown dutifully obeys.

A blinding penultimate performance ends what has been a great start to the first day at Download. We just hope that the little-known headliners to the night can be as good. Only time will tell


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