By Scott T. Sterling
It’s been quite a week for Queens of the Stone Age concerts.
After frontman Josh Homme took a stage-crasher to task in Florida, an onstage tirade in Houston, Texas, found the singer taking aim at a litany of targets including band Imagine Dragons and the GRAMMYs during an F-bomb-riddled rant.
“This next song is by Imagine Dragons,” Homme joked before performing “I Appear Missing,” a track from QOTSA’s latest album, …Like Clockwork, at Houston’s Bayou Music Center this past Sunday night (Feb. 9). “Just f**king kidding. You gotta admit, you’re all imagining dragons right now…You know, f**k everything, f**k the man, f**k Imagine Dragons, f**k the Grammys, f**k all this sh**.”
While Homme has been known to hurl sarcastic comments both onstage and during interviews, he rarely points his barb so directly. It can be assumed that his ire at Imagine Dragons stems from QoTSA song “My God is the Sun” losing the Best Rock Performance GRAMMY award to Imagine Dragons’ breakout hit, “Radioactive.”
Watch the expletive-filled clip of the moment below.
Many have assumed that the GRAMMYs slam was a response to Queens of the Stone Age’s show-closing performance at this year’s ceremony being cut short due to television time restraints. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, also involved in the performance, immediately lashed out about the “disrespectful” move by the Grammys, firing off of his own f-bomb at the industry institution (GRAMMY Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich subsequently apologized to Reznor).
As news of Homme’s Houston tirade began to spread, a Twitter account “@F**kJoshHomme” quickly appeared (tagline: “f**K everything), deriding everything from tables to USB dongles to magnets. Thanks, internet.
QOTSA have one more American date, Feb. 13 in Las Vegas, before jetting down under for an Australian tour with Nine Inch Nails. The band will return to the States in April, playing both weekends of the Coachella festival before embarking on more U.S. dates, including a stop at Alabama’s Hangout Festival.