Queens of the Stone Age have performed for the first time since Josh Homme’s photographer incident.
Homme made headlines last month when he kicked photographer Chelsea Lauren at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Inglewood, California. On December 9, the frontman kicked a camera from the photographer’s hands, which then hit her in the face. Lauren later needed care in hospital.
Marking their return, the band played in Victoria on Monday (Jan 22). They played ‘How to Handle A Rope’ for the first time seven years. Watch it below.
The band also stopped off at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Wednesday (January 24). During the performance, they played ‘Everybody Knows That You Are Insane’ from 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze, marking the first performance of the song in over 12 years. Watch it below.
In the immediate aftermath of the photographer incident, Homme released an apology video, admitting that he had been a “total dick” and saying that he had “to figure some stuff out”.
In his video, Homme said that the incident meant that he had “failed” at being “a good man”.
“I want to be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that,” he said. 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.”
Homme’s band had been scheduled to play Ellen DeGeneres’ US daytime talk show afterwards but failed to appear. It was not known whether the appearance was cancelled by the network or whether Queens pulled out of the gig.
The BBC also suspended its broadcasts of Homme’s Bedtime Stories episodes on CBeebies following the incident.