Video footage from the concert at The Forum in Los Angeles shows Homme trying to kick the camera out of photographer Chelsea Lauren’s hands during the fourth song of their set, ‘The Evil Has Landed’. Watch it below.
Now, Homme has released an emotional apology for the incident at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show, admitting that he was a “total dick”.
In the video, which was posted on Twitter, Homme admits: “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. The photographer’s name was Chelsea Lauren.
“I’d just like to apologise to Chelsea Lauren. I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total dick and I’m truly sorry and I hope you’re OK.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them. I apologise for that , and to you.”
He added: “I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that. That means I failed my family and friends as well. I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing so. So, I apologise also to my bandmates and my mum and my dad. My wife, my brother and my kids.
“Yeah, I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff I think. Because rock ‘n roll’s a wonderful thing, but it’s supposed to save and help people – not mess them up. So, Chelsea Lauren I hope you’re ok and I’m truly sorry and I understand that you have to do whatever you have to do, I just want you to know that I’m sorry.
“Goodnight, god speed.”
Lauren initially posted the video on her Facebook and Instagram pages, writing: “Thanks to @joshhomme I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?”
Responding to a comment posted on her Facebook page, Lauren said the were no restrictions for photographers for Queens Of The Stone Age’s set, saying Homme was “just being a drunk horrible human being.” Asked if she was going to press charges, she initially said: “I don’t think so… People are telling me to, though.”
However, speaking to Variety later, she said she did intend to press charges, explaining her camera had hit her in the face when Homme kicked out. She received medical treatment at LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Homme is reported to have also intentionally cut his face during the set, while he is also said to have called the audience “retards” and said “Fuck Muse”.
In a statement, the musician cited “illness in the touring party” for the reason behind his last minute cancellation, apologising to fans for the disappointment. “Morrissey looks forward to making it up to the Los Angeles fans as soon as possible,” the statement concluded.