Has a supergroup ever lived up to its classification? The best (Traveling Wilburys, Dead Weather) have been great at times, but to say that they were ‘super,’ better than the bands from which they came, would be foolish. “Handle with Care” was good, but one of those Wilburys wrote Blonde on Blonde all by himself. And another one was a Beatle.
So could we really expect Them Crooked Vultures—the rock spaceship helmed by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl—to be greater than the sum of its parts? No way, especially when a third of the band played bass on “Dazed and Confused.”