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Josh Homme Performs Unreleased Song ‘Villains of Circumstance’ Live

By Amanda Wicks

Josh Homme participated in a special benefit concert for The Afghan Whigs’ Dave Rosser at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles last night (Dec. 13). He¬†took the opportunity during his brief acoustic set to cover Johnny Cash and play an unreleased original song, “Villains of Circumstance.”

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After announcing the new song’s title to loud cheers, Homme quipped, “It’s not that f—ing new, obviously. He questioned whether people had been hanging around his home and listening to him write the song. “If this sucks just talk amongst yourselves,” he added.

Homme built into the melody slowly, leaving spaces in between his strumming to add a slightly Spanish flare during the intro. “I know life moves on that what scares me so/ I’m not afraid of letting go,” he sang towards the end of the first verse.

Even if the night was meant to celebrate Rosser, who was diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer, Homme didn’t keep to an entirely serious mood (via CoS). He sarcastically joked around before performing “Villains of Circumstance” about how much he loved¬†acoustic guitars. “Bass, look into it,” he said to the room, which responded with a hearty laugh.

A fan in the audience captured the moment. Watch below.

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