Queens Of The Stone Age were supposed to play on “Ellen” today (December 14), but the performance was apparently cancelled. It is assumed the cancellation came as a result of the controversy surrounding Josh Homme, since he kicked a photographer in the face and reportedly hurt a security guard at the Almost Acoustic Christmas concert.
Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) is obviously still facing backlash after kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face, and now it appears he may have hurt someone else at the Almost Acoustic Christmas as well. According to photographer Jeff Kravitz, Homme also injured a security guard by kicking a light into the back of his head.
Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age sent two people in the photo pit to the medic last nite. One was photographer @chelsealaurenla who posted a video of getting kicked in the head that is just shocking in it’s casual approach to violence. The other victim was a security guard who got a light kicked into the back of his head. Never in all my years have I seen such a bully on stage. He also insulted Muse and sliced his own face open with a knife. When you have no talent you have to get attention by being a moron. He’s banned and this is the last time I will shoot him. #kroqalmostacousticchristmas2017 @kroq
[via The PRP]
Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) is obviously still facing backlash after kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face, and now it has led to the BBC channel CBeebies haulting the airings of Homme’s recent appearances on “Bedtime Stories” One episode previously aired, but there are reportedly two more. A spokesperson told the Telegraph that the episodes won’t air “until the matter is resolved” and that they “won’t broadcast any new material or re-broadcast his previous story.”
Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme apparently kicked Shutterstock photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face while she was photographing the band at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas yesterday (December 9). In an interview with Variety, she said that the “incident was unprovoked” and that it was “obviously very intentional.”
Lauren also added the following about Homme, who was actually even smiling before he assaulted her:
“Josh was coming over and I was pretty excited, I’ve never actually photographed Queens Of The Stone Age before, I was really looking forward to it. I saw him coming over and I was shooting away. The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard. He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face. He continued performing, I was startled, I kind of stopped looking at him, I just got down and was holding my face because it hurt so badly.”
Lauren was able to return to shoot Thirty Seconds To Mars and Muse before going to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment. She plans to file a police report today (December 10), saying she feels like it is necessary because it isn’t right for Homme to be able to “kick people in the face and not get in trouble because he’s a musician.”
Many have speculated that Homme was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, because he was doing other odd things as well, such as allegedly cutting his head with a knife, calling the audience “retards” and telling them to boo him and take their pants off. He went on to tell the crowd that he wanted to give them “a night [they will] never remember,” and then proceeded to insult the evening’s headliners Muse by yelling “Fuck Muse!.”
Homme has since issued a written and video apology to Lauren:
“Last night, while in a state of being lost in performance, I kicked over various lighting and equipment on our stage. Today it was brought to my attention that this included a camera held by photographer Chelsea Lauren. I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry. I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology.”
Thank you everyone that has reached out with supportive messages. A small update, as I'm being flooded with questions: My neck is a sore, my eyebrow bruised and I'm a bit nauseous. The doctor released me early in the morning. Here are three images. Two of them as Josh looked at me, smiled and then kicked me. The other one is later after he cut his own face with a knife. I was in the pit in tears – and he just stared at me smiling. Assault in any form is not okay, no matter what the reasoning. Alcohol and drugs are no excuse. I was where I was allowed to be, I was not breaking any rules. I was simply trying to do my job. I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself. KROQ has nothing to do with this and I will always support them. The irony is someone had thrown an ice cube on to the very slick catwalk before the QOTSA set. I was afraid that one of the band members might slip and hurt themselves so, when the lights went dark, I used my arm to wipe down the runway so nobody would hurt themselves. Thank you to @variety for their immediate concern and care with this matter. As of now, nobody from QOTSA has reached out to me. #queensofthestoneage #QOTSA #JoshHomme
Queens Of The Stone Age have announced their own festival. The event, which is called the “Queens Of The Stone Age And Friends” festival, will take place on June 30 at Finsbury Park in London, England and will feature Queens Of The Stone Age along with Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, The Hives, and more.
Queens Of The Stone Age’s video for “The Way You Used To Do” can now be watched on YouTube, after previously only being available through Apple Music. This track is from their latest album “Villains.”
Queens Of The Stone Age have announced another North American tour. Wolf Alice and Royal Blood will serve as support on select dates.
03/21 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
03/22 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
03/28 Honolulu, HI – The Republik
04/24 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater (with Wolf Alice)
04/25 Irving, TX – The Pavilion (with Wolf Alice)
04/26 Shreveport, LA – Municipal Auditorium (with Wolf Alice)
04/27 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre (with Wolf Alice)
05/01 Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater (with Wolf Alice)
05/02 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater (with Wolf Alice)
05/17 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddlebank (with Royal Blood)
05/18 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place (with Royal Blood)
05/20 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre (with Royal Blood)
05/22 Madison, WI – Breese Stevens Field (with Royal Blood)
05/24 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens (with Royal Blood)
05/25 Rochester, NY – Rochester Dome Arena (with Royal Blood)