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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