Josh Homme, lead singer of Queens of the Stone Age, interviewed with CBC Radio 2’s Strombo Show the other day and talked a little bit about playing Jay Z’s Made in America Festival and described how ridiculous the entire thing was.
While I sort of don’t see how they felt “out-of-place on the commercially-skewed lineup” considering they were incessantly played on commercial radio years ago, it is interesting to hear him talk about how paranoid and presumptuous Jay Z was. In fact, he straight up calls him a kook.
“That guy’s a kook, you know,” Homme said. “He has his security frisking the bands on the way in. I just told them if you open up my bag I’m not playing so I guess it’s up to you whether we are playing or not … The idea they frisked all my guys, means you’re in some different place, no-one has ever done that [to me]”.
There’s sort of ego on both sides here. First, jesus, Jay Z, you’re not the Queen of England. Second of all, “no one has ever done that to me” sounds like something a diva would say.
Later on in the interview Homme also admitted he felt the rap star was being disingenuous when he offered them a bottle of bubbly. “He also gave us some champagne and wanted us to take a photo with it,” Homme recalled. “And I thought that’s not a gift that is a marketing tool. So I destroyed it. Because I thought it was rude overall. And you shouldn’t frisk my guys, you should fuck off.”
The champagne was probably Armand de Brignac which Jay Z may still be secretly promoting. You wanna know how to keep a picture but make sure it’s never used as a marketing tool? Butt chug that champagne. Ruins a picture every time.