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McCartney: I almost joined Them Crooked Vultures

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has revealed that he asked Dave Grohl about the possibility of playing bass in rock super group Them Crooked Vultures only to be told that Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones had already filled the vacancy.

McCartney told the Daily Mail that he first heard about Them Crooked Vultures when he went out for dinner with Dave Grohl after the pair had played together at the Grammys last February.

'We went out for a bite to eat afterwards and Dave told me he was starting this band with Josh [Homme],' Macca told the Daily Hate. '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.'

The ageing rocker also revealed that he was undecided about whether or not to play live 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.'

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