Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme’s good friend Anthony Bourdain died by suicide last June, and now he’s paying tribute in a sad new video with big names like Jack White and Colin Hanks, announcing Anthony Bourdain Day to celebrate his birthday on June 25th. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement at the time of Bourdain’s death. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.
“His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Queens of the Stone Age had a close relationship with Bourdain, and former QOTSA member Mark Lanegan even wrote the ‘Parts Unknown’ theme song with Josh Homme. Lanegan was devastated by Bourdain’s death on Twitter at the time.
He tweeted, “I’m heartbroken. @Bourdain was such a positive force in my life and so many others. A great friend and artist. What a sad fucking day.”
Josh Homme said, “Dammit Tony. I’m so sorry. I’m so destroyed. I love you brother. I miss you too much already. My love & condolences to Ariane & Ottavia.”
Mark Lanegan told SMH he was working on a book at the time of Bourdain’s death, and had been sending him excerpts for feedback. He called writing the book a ‘joyless affair.’
“A lot of that period for me personally was very dark,” he says. “But there’s always humour in self-inflicted pain, and there’s lots of that in there. But it was a period of time where I lost a lot of my really close friends, I had a lot of personal problems myself, and one memory begets another memory, and before you know it you’re mired in f—in’ shitty memories. But I guess that’s the nature of writing about a life that’s been misspent.”