Queens Of The Stone Age frontman addresses photographer kicking incident
Queens Of The Stone Age singer/guitarist Josh Homme was asked by Rolling Stone in a new interview about his photographer-kicking incident from two years back. During a Queens performance in Los Angeles on December 9th, 2017, Homme kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren‘s camera into her face while she was taking pictures, causing her injuries and creating a backlash against him online.
When asked what he had learned from the experience, Homme replied, “Well, that’s really just a very insignificant part of all the things I’ve done in my life. I think in the time frame, certainly much more was made of it than necessary, and I think people take things and they run.”
Homme added, “And it’s not like anyone was going to listen to what I had to say, so I didn’t say really anything. And I don’t see the real reason to do it now . . . Of all the things I’ve done in the world, is that really, that’s something that you’re considering defining? I don’t know.”
Pressed further on whether he wanted to address the incident, Homme replied, “Well you have to presuppose if I wanted to, I would’ve. And also, people just take something and run, and what actually happened really doesn’t matter when folks get something and things catch fire. It wasn’t as big a deal as it was made out to be, nor is it significant for my life out of all the things that have happened.”
At the time of the incident, Homme did not indicate why he kicked the photographer. But he’s told us in the past that excessive behavior even for a rock musician can cross a line: “I do a pretty good job of abusing myself, but it never seems to overflow and go onto other people, you know. When your physical and mental abuse starts to drift into other people’s lives and affects other people heavily, then it’s not rock’n’roll anymore. It’s being a d**k.”
Homme has just released Desert Sessions Vol. 11 & 12, his first collection in 16 years of improvisational songs and jams recorded by a revolving lineup of musicians. A new Queens Of The Stone Age album is reportedly on the way as well.
Story source: Rolling Stone