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Them Crooked Vultures kicking off tour in Texas

By Michael D. Ayers
/ Source: Reuters

By Michael D. Ayers

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Them Crooked Vultures -- the supergroup featuring Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones -- will embark on its first North American tour next month.

The trek includes an October 2 appearance on the opening night of the Austin City Limits festival, as well as a related club gig the night before at Stubb's BBQ.

The shows in the Texan capital will be a jump start to a small club tour, starting on October 5 in Nashville and running through October 14 in Washington, DC.

After surprising U.K. fans this past weekend at the Leeds and Reading festivals, the band will return to Britain for a similarly brief trek in December. Dates are on tap from December 10 in Plymouth through December 17 in London.

Them Crooked Vultures have just recently emerged as one of the year's most anticipated acts, debuting with a much-hyped, post-Lollapalooza club gig last month in Chicago. In a live setting, the trio becomes a quartet, adding Queens of the Stone Age's Alain Johannes on rhythm guitar.

The debut gig saw them tear through a 12-song set that featured the fast and frenetic "Elephant," the dark guitar riffs of "Dead End Friends" and the hard blues sounds of "Warsaw" and "Scumbag Blues."

While still unconfirmed, the band's debut album is expected later this year or in early 2010.