Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has recently recalled a story where he was physically assaulted and arrested at an airport in California.
Speaking to comedian Adam Buxton for his Podcast, Homme explained that the incident happened whilst ar Burbank Airport, California after a party at his house the night before. Describing the incident, he stated “I told them that I thought there were certain things they could improve, but that was on the way out. But also my friend Jesse Hughes, for my birthday the night before, had a party at my house, and I was traveling early the next morning. What’s funny is he was on tour so he was going to be there, and he gave me a collapsable wand as a gift, which is a weapon, a baton. He put it in my overnight bag right by the door, which I had packed, so I just went to the airport, because I packed my bag, and I said, ‘That was a gift. That seems weird, right? Does that seem like a weird thing? Actually look at my license. See how I smell like booze? And clearly I haven’t slept, and also both of those things ain’t illegal, and here’s my license, which says oh my god, I turned a year older. So you can see where the misunderstanding is, in fact, it’s yours, from one guy to another.’ Then I ended up going to jail.”
Homme then added: “So then I said, ‘I’d like you to hear the following things since we’re going to jail.’ So I explained all of this stuff in my own language, which apparently was no good. Took a few kicks in the ribs.”
Meanwhile, QOTSA recently released their new record ‘Villians’ and have been on a tour of the UK, including a stop off at Manchester Arena where there was some controversy due to Homme lighting a cigarette on stage during the show. A spokesman for the arena told Manchester Evening News that “It is very disappointing and regrettable that the artist chose to smoke on stage during their performance in Manchester, this was an individual decision taken by the artist, despite us making it very clear to their management that it is illegal to smoke in any area of the arena.” The venue also contacted QOTSA’s management and complained.
The band has also recently announced a huge summer show in Londons Finsbury Park for June 2018 with Iggy Pop and Run The Jewels as supports. Tickets go on sale at 9 am December first and are priced at £52.50.