Paul McCartney 'Nearly' Joined Them Crooked Vultures

Paul McCartney has revealed he asked about joining Them Crooked Vultures on bass, only to be told by Dave Grohl that John Paul Jones had already beaten him to it.

Paul McCartney 'Nearly' Joined Them Crooked Vultures
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Paul McCartney has revealed he asked about joining Them Crooked Vultures on bass, only to be told by Dave Grohl that John Paul Jones had already beaten him to it. McCartney said he was first told about Them Crooked Vultures by Dave Grohl when the two went out to dinner together after playing together at last February's Grammys ceremony. "We went out for a bite to eat afterwards and Dave told me he was starting this band with Josh [Homme]," he told the Daily Mail. "I asked him who was playing bass and he rather sheepishly told me he'd approached John. So you read it here first; Paul McCartney was nearly the bass player in Them Crooked Vultures." McCartney also admitted that he was in two minds about whether to appear on The X Factor last year. "When the offer came through it polarised a lot of people. Lots of my friends told me not to do it and it's not exactly [Later With] Jools Holland. It's a pop show. But what turned me around - apart from the huge audience - was the fact that it's a family show, and so many kids I know are obsessed by it." He went on to say that if the talent show was good enough for Beyonce, "it should be good enough for me". Thanks for the report to Nme.com.

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    cuscus97
    So Paul McCartney asked who was playing bass, and got told? Hmm. Thank god. JPJ is by far a better bassist than PM.
    Hungry_Hameds
    slaptasticdave wrote: Should have had Paul on guitar or keyboards then. I don't think if Paul McCartney asks to be in your band you turn him down.
    No... On tour Alain Johannes does a fantastic job, switching between guitar, bass, keys and doing backing vox. The guy is a musical genius, the tour would be lessened if he was not the 4th guy.
    g13_honda
    I heard Courtney Love was almost in Them Crooked Vultures too because her late husband and Grohl were in a band during the 90's. lol
    hamsteroceros
    This article should not have been run by NME, nor should hit have been rerun by UG. There is no news in it, as so many above have aptly pointed out. It rather sounds like a innocuous bit from a longer interview twisted and blown WAY out of proportion by a sensationalist writer. Calling McCartney a twat is lame, as is the implication that he somehow created this "story" to get his name in the news (which makes perfect sense, of course, considering the first premise of this very argument; i.e., he couldn't get his name in the news in the first place...). When did all the cool kids start hating on Paul McCartney?
    Wakisazhi
    I love Paul's bass playing to death but Them Crooked Vultures just wouldn't be as edgy and awesome without JPJ on bass. I think it was all for the best that things ended up the way they are.
    Grohlism
    I don't know whether he would have added to the band or not. He's still a legend on his own.
    AaronianKenrod
    i agree with other people here, he should've played guitar or keyboards. bass isn't even his original instrument anyway, i'm pretty sure he reluctantly played it in the beatles when stuart sutcliffe left
    Rimfrost
    I like the vultures, but would be quite interesting to have heard them with Mccartney instead, would probably have been a hell of a lot different
    Grohlism
    HemlockCocktail wrote: This just in - Ringo Starr Also 'Nearly' Joined Them Crooked Vultures
    Love the sarcasm.:L
    Jesus_Dean
    RayToroIsAGod wrote: LazarusOnGrave wrote: Huh? He asked who the bass player was, and Grohl told him JPJ. It's not like he auditioned between the 2 or asked Paul first and then changed his mind. Ghrol knew Jones was in before Paul even asked. How does asking a question and getting an answer constitute as "almost" being their bass player? Weird. This.
    If I see Dave Grohl, I'm gonna ask to be in the band so I'll get in the news as "almost" being the bassist for TCV. LOL
    RayToroIsAGod
    LazarusOnGrave wrote: Huh? He asked who the bass player was, and Grohl told him JPJ. It's not like he auditioned between the 2 or asked Paul first and then changed his mind. Ghrol knew Jones was in before Paul even asked. How does asking a question and getting an answer constitute as "almost" being their bass player? Weird.
    This.
    Slap-happy
    hamsteroceros wrote: This article should not have been run by NME, nor should hit have been rerun by UG. There is no news in it, as so many above have aptly pointed out. It rather sounds like a innocuous bit from a longer interview twisted and blown WAY out of proportion by a sensationalist writer. Calling McCartney a twat is lame, as is the implication that he somehow created this "story" to get his name in the news (which makes perfect sense, of course, considering the first premise of this very argument; i.e., he couldn't get his name in the news in the first place...). When did all the cool kids start hating on Paul McCartney?
    I'm hardly a "cool kid" and I have never liked McCartney in all of my 34 years. But it is not a newsworthy item, it's not even that accurate.
    korbhag
    They should add him as a piano player. The guy did write "Live and Let Die" which is pretty heavy in its own way.
    MrSir4
    I think Paul McCartney would have made a great addition, sure JPJ is a better bassist but you can't go wrong when combining the songwriting styles of Josh Homme and Paul McCartney. Maybe Paul can play the keyboarded instruments, that would be the ULTIMATE supergroup, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones, and Paul McCartney
    slaptasticdave
    Should have had Paul on guitar or keyboards then. I don't think if Paul McCartney asks to be in your band you turn him down.
    XtownTraffic
    Vultures Sipping Tea haha. No but out of all seriousness, John Paul Jone makes that whole band. McCartney is great but no way could he fit in.
    9badarv
    they're both sweet in their own sense. other than the fact the John Paul is a better bassist, i feel like Paul already has other things going for himself, like a solo career. John sorta stepped out of the limelight for a while
    winningdays
    how was he nearly in them crooked vulture? He talked to dave grohl about his band that already a bass player... what a twat haha
    GiantHogweed
    I love McCartney, but Them Crooked Vultures wouldn't be Them Crooked Vultures with him in stead of John Paul Jones. More like Vultures Sipping Tea. But it's interesting to hear that he was interested, maybe he'll do some other rock project before he calls it quits?
    foofan1
    I like paul, I agree it wouldnt be them crooked vultures, it would be very odd seeing a beatle as a vulture he doesnt fit
    Slap-happy
    Pathetic - McCartney hsn't had his name in the news and has managed to (somewhat tenuously) latch on to something successful in the vain hope that he'll appeal to someone under 45.
    LazarusOnGrave
    Huh? He asked who the bass player was, and Grohl told him JPJ. It's not like he auditioned between the 2 or asked Paul first and then changed his mind. Ghrol knew Jones was in before Paul even asked. How does asking a question and getting an answer constitute as "almost" being their bass player? Weird.
    aussieboy
    haha im glad he didnt get, for some reason i just do not like him,not that i know him personally, but from what iv seen of him,i never liked the beatles so him there woulda put me off the band