Josh Homme’s Rare Acoustic Set Bewitches at Benefit Performance — Through The Lens

Article originally published in Through The Lens Magazine on December 15, 2016


Article by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

LOS ANGELES – The Afghan Whigs recently held benefit performances for their longtime friend and bandmate, Dave Rosser, at Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom and in New Orleans. Rosser, a longtime member of not only The Afghan Whigs, but also The Twilight Singers, and Gutter Twins, was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. The special show at the Teragram Ballroom was just one of a few benefit performances that were planned with all proceeds going to Rosser’s medical care. Many phenomenal musicians banded together at the ballroom for outstanding performances from the likes of Eagles of Death Metal, The Gutter Twins, Duff McKagan, and more. This special occasion and the love for the extraordinary Rosser even brought the legendary Josh Homme to the stage for a rare tribute.

Homme performed a rare solo acoustic set which was already amazing enough, but his charming banter and winning smile sprinkled in with his melodies had the crowd even more twitterpated than what was once thought humanly possible for just a mere man. Little did they know what treats were in store with a song list that included an unreleased original as well as a few euphorically eccentric one-of-a-kind renditions. Among these titles were “Villains of Circumstance”, Homme’s new unreleased original, covers of Merle Travis/Johnny Cash’s “Dark as a Dungeon” and Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher”, and a very extra special treat in the form of a long lost Them Crooked Vultures‘ masterpiece, “Spinning in the Daffodils”.

Josh Homme’s full acoustic setlist included:
Long Slow Goodbye (Queens of the Stone Age)
Spinning in Daffodils (Them Crooked Vultures)
Villains of Circumstance (unreleased original)
Memories Are Made of This (Dean Martin)
Dark as a Dungeon (Merle Travis/Johnny Cash)
Minnie the Moocher (Cab Calloway)

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*Featured image and other photos created by video stills from “Long Slow Goodbye” courtesy of Youtube user Claudia loves music, screen shots(video stills) and photo editing done by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

Watch fan-shot footage from some of Josh Homme’s performance below as well as a couple treats from Eagles of Death Metal:

“Long Slow Goodbye”

“Villains of Circumstance”

“Spinning in the Daffodils” (Them Crooked Vultures)

“Dark as a Dungeon” (Merle Travis/Johnny Cash)

“Minnie the Moocher” (Cab Calloway)

“I only want you” (Eagles of Death Metal)

Whorehoppin’ (Eagles of Death Metal)

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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