One of the world’s most famous rock bands is coming to Victoria on Monday, but music won’t be their only source of attention during the performance.
On December 9, at a concert in Los Angeles, the band’s frontman Josh Homme kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren’s camera, injuring her, and the January 22 appearance at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre marks the first time the Queens of the Stone Age have performed since.
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
Homme released a pair of apology videos after the concert. But the controversy surrounding the group has not exactly dissipated.
Celebrities including Anthony Bourdain have denounced Homme, criticizing his apology, and the band’s performance on Ellen was cancelled shortly after the incident.
“I want to be a good man, but I think last night, I definitely failed at that,” Homme said in his apology video. “I’m going to have to figure out some stuff, I think.”
Whether or not that “stuff” has been figured out remains to be seen, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Victoria’s concert photographers keep a little more distance from the stage than usual.
- When: January 22, 2018
- Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
- Tickets: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday Oct. 27. Tickets range from $49.50 to $69.50.