Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Reveals Musicians He Wants To ‘Burn With A Hot Iron’

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme revealed why he wants to ‘burn’ musicians who are ‘working on their brand’ in a new Billboard interview.

“I drink a lot of tequila so I’m sure I can picture myself owning a tequila thing but by the same token, I think a lot of the times people split their focus by trying to sell you champagne or bottled water, which by the way has to be the world’s greatest business. But I’m not interested necessarily in hawking anything for you, or to you. When people say “I’m working on my brand,” that makes me want to take a hot iron and burn you. I never begrudge anyone their success and what they want to do — the way to support artists you love has been stripped away over the years. I have to deal with eBay kids who want me to sign something they can upcharge my fans — they’re getting in the way of our relationship.

And a lot of the world is very entitled and has high expectations and is easily disappointed. That’s kind of lame. But at the same time, I’m not pointing any fingers and it doesn’t make me lose sleep at night. I understand why people want to preserve themselves and have something else. They are not simply relying on music, because that can be scary and difficult and challenging. I’m always expecting someone to walk in the door and say ‘”oh one likes your music anymore, it’s over, go home.” It’s why I try to enjoy it now – that and because I haven’t crossed the threshold into selling water yet.”

  • Hutttrash

    QOTSA used to be a watered down version of Kyuss, now it’s so dirty it’s become a fuckin brand, who’s the flavour this time? Zane Lowe, Iggy, Mark Ronson, come on Homme hypocrite sell out, your the epitome of working on your brand.

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  • Stone Gossardish

    Sounds like he’s a big fan of Puffy and Adam Levine then, but he’s giving a pass to Sammy Hagar, which is wise.

  • Chris Ross

    eh. I kind of agree with the guy. I have met him twice in my life. The first time was in 2007 i think, right after era vulgaris came out. We chatted after a show a the Electric Factory in Philly. We talked about his new video at the time (3’s and 7’s) and some other things. He signed my CD and was seemed genuinely happy to chat with fans.

    I met him more recently about a year ago when he came on with Eagles of Death Metal here in Phoenix. I had read that he doesn’t like signing things anymore because of Ebayers, so after the show, we ended up meeting again. This time i just asked to snap a pic with him (everyone else was too) and he seemed okay with that. It was hard to gauge his attitude…i couldnt tell if he was just tired from the show, tired in general, or tired of having to deal with fans. He seems ready to hit the road, but was still nice enough to take pics with everyone he met that night.

    As far as the branding thing, I also get it….I wish Maynard with focus less on his wine and more on the music that I once loved with Tool. That ship has sailed for me. C’est La vie.

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