Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme issues second apology for kicking photographer
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Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has issued a second apology to the photographer he kicked during the band’s concert in Los Angeles on Saturday night (December 9th). The photographer, Chelsea Lauren, said Homme’s kick caused her camera to hit her in the face. She spent the evening in the ER and planned to file a police report on Sunday (December 10th).
Homme said in a video message, “Last night at a Queens Of The Stone Age performance, I kicked the camera of a photographer, and that camera hit the photographer in the face. And the photographer’s name was Chelsea Lauren. I’d just like to apologize to Chelsea Lauren. I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total d**k, and I’m truly sorry, and I hope you’re okay.”
- Homme added, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, and last night was definitely one of them. And I apologize for that to you.”
- He continued, “I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that. And that means I failed my family and my friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing me. And so I apologize also to my bandmates and my mom and my dad and my wife and my brother and my kids.”
- Homme concluded, “I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff, I think . . . Chelsea Lauren, I hope you’re okay and I’m truly sorry. And I understand you have to do whatever you have to do. I just want you to know that I’m sorry.”
- Homme has not indicated whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the show. He’s spoken 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.”
- In video footage of the incident, Homme can be seen walking across the stage and playing guitar before he passes Lauren, stops briefly, then issues a direct kick to her camera which sends it into her face.
- Homme said in an initial written statement that he was “lost in performance” when the incident occurred and claimed that he hadn’t noticed Lauren had been hurt when he kicked her camera.
- At the same show, Homme called the audience “retards” and made a disrespectful remark about headliners Muse.
SIDE NOTES: Chef Anthony Bourdain, a good friend of Homme’s, tweeted that Homme’s initial apology was “weak ass,” adding, “It’s where you stand when the people you care about and admire do awful things that matters. Keeping head down and hoping it goes away? No.”
Homme was also dragged by the Killers, who invited a photographer onstage during their set on Sunday (December 10th) at the same Los Angeles festival where the Homme incident took place the night before. Singer Brandon Flowers told the photographer, “I’m not going to kick you in the face, just come on up here, it’s okay. I just want to tell you to tell all your friends that you’re welcome here, and at any Killers concert you’re safe, and you’re respected.”