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Queens of the Stone Age: Multiple Promotional Appearances Cancelled

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We would appear to be witnessing the fallout from Josh Homme’s bizarre behavior during a Queens of the Stone Age performance last weekend.

If you haven’t been following the story: during a QOTSA show in Los Angeles last Saturday night, Homme kicked both a photographer and a security guard, each of whom reportedly ended up in the ER. Concertgoers in attendance also say that the guitarist/vocalist “insulted Muse [from the stage] and sliced his own face open with a knife.” After issuing a half-baked apology to the photographer, Chelsea Lauren, through the band’s Instagram account, Homme later posted his own personal apology video. He has yet to issue any statement regarding the security guard who was also injured.

Now Metal Insider reports that the band have cancelled multiple promotional appearances scheduled to take place this week. What makes the cancellations notable — besides Homme’s recent antics — is that they’ve occurred without any explanation:

“The group were originally scheduled to perform on ‘The Ellen Show’ today (12/14), and without any  official announcement, the appearance was cancelled. According to Stereogum, the show only featured Will Smith. Earlier this week, BBC suspended two CBeebies episodes that featured Homme.”

So who cancelled these appearances — the band, or the media outlets? Does this mean that Homme’s conduct is part of a larger, deeper issue? Is Homme getting help? Is this all somehow just a massive coincidence?

I doubt that last theory — the timing here clearly suggests that something is afoot. As to what… well, we’ll have to wait and see.

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