Queens Of The Stone Age singer/guitarist Josh Homme has blasted rap mogulJay-Z in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, saying that overly intense security measures at Jay’s recent Made In America festival in Philadelphia almost led Homme to cancel his band’s performance at the event.
Homme was incensed when he and the band showed up for their set during the festival’s second day only to be confronted by security guards who wanted to search his bag. Homme said, “(Jay-Z)’s a kook, you know. He has his security frisking the bands on the way in . . . I just told (the security guard) ‘If you open up my bag, then we’re not playing, so I guess it’s up to you now to decide whether I’m playing or not’ . . . You shouldn’t frisk my guys, you should f*** off.”
Homme was also not pleased about having to pose for photos with bottles of Jay’s Ace Of Spades brand of champagne, saying, “I was like, ‘That’s not a gift — that’s a marketing tool.’ I destroyed it, because I thought it was rude overall.”
In addition to the Queens, the festival featured performances from Nine Inch Nails, Beyonce,Phoenix, deadmau5, Public Enemy and more.
Jay has yet to respond to Homme’s comments and no other acts who were at the event have spoken up either way. According to the Huffington Post, much of the music industry is wary of criticizing the powerful hip-hop star.
Queens Of The Stone Age debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart in mid-June with the band’s sixth album, . . . Like Clockwork, selling 91,000 copies in its first week of release.
The band plays in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday night (September 19th).