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 Ramey grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Melodie says, “I couldn’t tell you the name brand of my first camera offhand, but I can tell you it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a brilliant bright blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny perched on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”

Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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