Currently on tour in support of ‘Villains’, the band’s seventh full-length studio album, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is currently facing a lot of heat after video footage surfaced of him kicking a camera into the face of a professional photographer midway through their set, which resulted in them spending the evening in the A&E ward in hospital.
The incident occurred on Saturday night (December 9th 2017) at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in Los Angeles, California during the fourth song of the band’s set, ‘The Evil Has Landed’.
In the video footage (which you can view below), Homme can be seen seemingly attempting to kick the camera out of the hands of the photographer, Chelsea Lauren, who shoots for Shutterstock. The camera then goes into Lauren‘s face, causing her to be injured.
In the caption of the above video, posted by Lauren, she commented that the frontman “intentionally kicked me in the face while I was shooting”, and in a follow-up comment continued to explain “there were no restrictions for photography for them… he was just being a drunk horrible human being”, and then when asked if she intends to press charges, Lauren responded, “I don’t think so… people are telling me to, though.”
Lauren also recently had an interview with Variety (which can be read in full here), in which she goes into more detail, “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.”
The photographer soon after went to the press room, then returned to the pit to shoot Thirty Seconds To Mars and Muse, but went for treatment later that night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Minutes after the incident, Lauren said Homme took out what appeared to be a knife and deliberately cut his own forehead, dripping blood for the rest of the performance.
The day following the incident, Homme posted a written apology via the band’s Facebook page, which can be read below.
A day later (December 11th 2017), Homme recorded and posted a video apology regarding the incident and directed to Lauren, which was also shared via the band’s official Facebook profile.
At one point during the video apology, which can be viewed below, Homme says, “I’m going to have to figure out some stuff I think, ’cause rock and roll is a wonderful thing. It’s supposed to save and help people, not mess ’em up. So, Chelsea Lauren, I hope you’re okay, and I’m truly sorry. I understand that you have to do whatever you have to do.”
At the time of writing, Lauren doesn’t appear to have publicly responded to either of the two apologies issued by Homme across the past few days.
The band’s forthcoming tour dates are expected to go ahead as scheduled.
Their latest full-length, ‘Villains’, is available now via Matador Records.