Josh Homme: 'Jay-Z Had Me Frisked Before Letting Me Play His Festival'

Queens Of The Stone Age front man brands rapper a "kook" after incident.

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As NME reports, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has hit out at Jay-Z after several incidents which occurred at the rapper's Made in America Festival. Speaking with CBC radio, Homme reveals how the rapper had the band frisked before allowing them to play at the event:

"That guy's a kook, you know. He has his security frisking the bands on the way in."

Homme went on to state that he had given the security guard an ultimatum:

"I just told him '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'.”

He also criticized Jay-Z for offering the band a bottle of his own brand Ace of Spades Champagne, before then asking them to pose with it for a publicity photograph:

"I was like, 'That's not a gift - that's a marketing tool.' I destroyed it, 'cause I thought it was rude overall ... You shouldn't frisk my guys, you should f--k off."

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    It's really odd. But good for Josh for destroying the bottle, because from what I've heard, Jay-Z seems focused on really using the talent he signs for his festival, instead of allowing them to help make the festival enjoyable for the seems unprofessional to me.
    I would be pissed too, especially if I was asked to play somewhere and then was being treated like some sort of thug who is going to try to start something. This just sounds like the rap scene and rock scene colliding in a weird way. I understand security, but not for someone like Homme, I can see how he took it personally.
    "This just sounds like the rap scene and rock scene colliding in a weird way." - This is ridiculous. Just as there are paranoid rappers there are mentally challenged rockers. Just check the scandinavian nationalists.
    I got frisked by Jay Z once.
    I don't know what frisk means, but I want to believe it means something about sex. It makes the last sentence sound ****ing weird.
    Well he says something about having his bags checked, so I think that's just another word for bag checks?..
    When I was a boy, we used to look up the words we didn't know. For the record, it means they patted them down and checked them for weapons and contraband.
    Were they looking for guns or drugs? Let's not forget almost the entirety of Jay'z's lyrical content, especially the earlier stuff, glorifies both...
    I work a part-time job where I have to ask customers to leave their shopping bags and school bags, deffels, etc at the front while they shop or place orders. I get the same reaction that Josh gave the Made in America security. I get glares, threats, etc. I'm just doing my job though. Headquarters gives us the orders and we just carry them out. I think it was a bit out of place for him to get upset and threaten the staff with that ultimatum. Oh well though, that's 2013 for ya. I can totally understand the champagne thing being a bit tacky... Musicians and their entourage sometimes carry...contraband. Look, this past weekend two 'indie-buzz' musicians were caught with a shitload of heroin and ecstasy while driving a stolen jeep. Several festivals over the past two summers have had fans and staff affected by stabbings or drug overdoses. I guess the Jay-Z camp was just taking precautions to keep their relatively new Festival a clean place without any drama. Besides, I'm sure Jay didn't come up with all the protocols and personally act out on all of them on his own. This is such a non-issue.
    You surely have a point here, but here it's not about checking the audience that may count in some dickheads, it's about being bossy to the acts that you trusted enough to give'em money to play at *YOUR* festival. I imagine that the security and the handling of the bands/guests/vips is something that is carefully prepared and that they were told to use "zero tolerance" on anybody. Why that? Because you're at the Jay-Z festival and do as he please. Fuck the champagne thing too, not only he's douchebag enough to give out his own brand, but he also want the promo shot. That's sad btw, I thought Jay-Z was a good fella
    Are you Jay-Z's girlfriend or just his bitch? Give us all a lecture on why no one should do drugs while your at it. Polititions managed to infiltrate to most people's thick head that drugs = crime/criminals. Making it ilegal won't cut the number on people that do them, and legalizing all drugs would bring no real difference, except for the facts that people wouldn't have their life's destroyed because they wouldn't go to jail or have to pay the government because your living your life the way you want to, as everyone does with everything else. Who here would do heroin or cocaine if they were legal? Nothing changes except for the big paycheck the government gets on your account. Here's another one for all those who think I must be insane. Why is alcohol so feared when driving, yet they bring limits. Why not ban alcohol? It's just bad for you and others. Oh right, it's "morally accepted".
    Do you honestly think alcohol is as bad for you as heroin?
    Heroin when uncut is just about the purest drug you can take, the only danger being overdose and addiction. Like any other opiate like those used in medicine for example the drug itself does no physical or mental harm, only misuse caused by lack of education or impure product does. Both of which are products of prohibition. Do some research on drugs buddy, and before someone says in I'm not a junkie and have never used heroin, I just read.
    Look at any "Top 20 most harmful drugs" list and alcohol will be in the top 3. Saying it's not as bad as heroin is redundant.
    How about debating headquarters orders? You're not in the army. I mind having people go through my stuff, just as I mind going through people's stuff. Shit is not correct.
    They have a bus to leave that shit on, whats wrong with the bag theyre carying? Gonna search the bus too?
    It is both weird that Jay-Z would pat down his own hired talent, especially a group that is pretty well renowned. It is also weird that it's such a big deal to Homme.
    wHY IS THIS A BIG DEAL? he's just taking security precautions like any other logical-safe person.
    "See, I ain't passed the bar but I know a little bit, enough that you won't illegally search my shit" - Jay-Z
    I still don´t understand the deal with Jay Z. To me he´s just a giant poser with a late 90´s international hit. Really. Still there´s all this fuzz and media attention. For what? What he does isn´t gangsta. It´s shit. Perhaps it´s the same thing, but I sure as hell don´t spell it the same way and therefore there will be no credibility in his previous and future work. Queens of the Stone Age on the other hand keeps adding up. Josh remains solid.
    As much as I respect Jay-Z as a rapper (his recent album notwithstanding) this really made my lose respect for him as a person.
    He drew a line, and he had the right to do it. It is his bag and his band.
    Don't worry if all the weed, lsd, and molly is confiscated, Ace of Spades is for sale as soon as you enter the venue! Pretty bitch move on Jay-Zs part
    Jay-Z = greedy paranoid douchebag Nevertheless QOTSA just rocks Jay-Z's ass anytime!
    Ah, nothing like a bunch of comments from people who don't know shit about Jay Z.
    I feel like as a rapper, especially one who's lived through a lot of gang-related conflict, you're gonna be a little paranoid about who you let on to your stage. Rock band or rap star, you need to be sure they're not gonna do anything stupid. It's a little weird, but understandable. The thing with the champagne does seem pretty dirty, though.
    HAHAHAHAHA how cute you think Jay-Z was a gangster, that's just too funny. Yeah he shot his brother for stealing his jewelery and yeah he sold crack but he certainly was NOT a gangster. There are no rappers that were actually real gangsters they merely had an indirect affiliation, mostly because a lot of them were on the Death Row label owned by Suge Knight who was directly affiliated with the Bloods gang. Anyone that believes a rapper was a notorious criminal or gang member at some point has to be high on glue, if you were wanted for breaking the law seems like the last thing you would do is appear in music videos. Gotta remember just cause they sold crack out of their mama's house doesn't mean they are a gang banger, hell 50 Cent modeled his entire thug image after a guy named Kelvin Martin.
    And it's this attitude that creates Jay-Z's attitude. I guess people like you and him really love each other.
    Yeah, you never know when bands might bring weapons or guns to throw at the band...oh wait... I suppose calling rappers mentally challenged would make me racist, yet a rapper making assumptions about other musicians on how they might be "dangerous" for playing rock (or whatever genre/subgenre you want to call it) is surely no insult.
    No, calling rappers mentally challenged wouldn't make you racist. Assuming that they're all black definitely does.
    Assuming all rappers are black is like assuming all blues guitarists are black, it hasn't been the case for a long time.
    "I suppose calling rappers mentally challenged would make me racist" - Calling other rappers than Jay-Z mentally challenged would totally legitimize what Jay-Z did. Just because Jay-Z is an ******* doesn't mean others are. Plus rock and metal have it's rotten part too, like the scandinavian nationalists, which not only should be frisked, but sent to jail to be raped, as some actually are.
    If you think there's even an iota of a chance that QOTSA are going to assassinate Jay-Fucking-Z then you have severe issues.
    why did this post receive so many negative votes? because he said "rapper"? nahhhh....people here wouldn't be so close-minded and ignorant just like any of the artists these ****in clowns trash on. "the music i listen to is THE BEST, and FUCK ANYONE WHO THINKS DIFFERENTLY!!DUURRRRR!!!" ****in retards. grow up.
    Jay Z will just stab someone, or maybe cause ray lewis dont do that anymore he dont either
    It might be understandable for a bar in a rough suburb or something like that... But no one from a well known band is going to shoot a well known artist in front of an arena of people at a music festival.
    I wonder how much this is about MUH FREEDOMS or if he actually had something to hide in his bag "All these people want to see me play, but no, I'll ruin it all for them over my own ego"
    The old 'no problem unless you got something to hide' defense is the tackiest thing I've read in this article.
    Josh is a huge libertarian...
    Libertarian or not, it was a bit much for him to threaten not to play, and to put that ultimatum on a security guard who is only doing his job
    Firstly, Josh isn't mad at the security person for going his/her job. He's mad at Jay Z for making that a policy. Secondly, no one even said it was a security guard. For all you know it was a member of one his posse that tried frisking them.
    labinnak, you know josh personally then? you're making an argument based on assumptions...just like everyone else posting about this bullshit lol...myself included.
    I hope you get frisked everywhere you go. Your a threat to any human with your ignorance. You should also be noted on your every move and act, never know if your hiding something too. Imagine if your the kind of person that likes to molest mens buttholes...Which is very likely because your head surely functions very different from the average male.
    Judging by your statement, it's highly unlikely your head functions as an average male's either, bro.
    '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'.” - what a pretentious mindset. I'm pretty sure Jay-Z could care less about QOTSA
    That wasn't pretentious, Josh is the kind of person that truly doesn't give a shit about the outcome of that situation.
    Jay-Z needs to recognise that yes there are amateur bands that might cause a problem, who have done a couple of shows and are getting a bit carried away. But then there are respected bands in the industry like QOTSA, they are very popular, draw in the crowds and have been doing this for some time now. They deserve a little respect and some room to breathe so they can do what they do best. Jay-Z is cooked.
    So frisk everyone going into the festival except the rock stars? Does Josh Homme also think he shouldn't be frisked at the airport before getting on a plane? Because he's a singer in a band?
    I get your point but that comparison is terrible, two completely different scenarios with completely different risks and safeguarding measures. A musician at a music festival obviously carries more weight than a musician in an airport.
    i think he had every right to be uncooperative. he was disrespected twice. jay z should have been gratefull qotsa even agreed to play at the festival. im sure half of jay zs entourage has guns and drugs. probably why they are so paranoid lol sounds like a typical rapper being a typical rapper
    Jay-Z seems to have taken a lot of ideas or names from Metal. He had an album called "The Black Album" a live performance special called "Fade to Black" and now a Champagne called the "Ace of Spades". Sure you could sum it up to his own creativity but you could also see the Parallels.
    The parallels are obvious but Fade to black, the black album, and Ace of Spades are all well known things or phrases that were there before they were even popularized in music. You can't just imply they're Metallica's/Motorhead's and he's ripping them off.
    It's just security. Josh is such a self-important *******. Does he think he can get past security? It's for everyone's best interest. They check people for guns, drugs, and anything that might cause trouble. He has become such a diva. What happened to the guy that played in Kyuss who was chill. Money, success and fame has completely ruined him as a person.
    Well, I think the purpose of him saying this stuff is to actually show how money, success, and fame hasn't affected him but Jay-Z. Homme is the grounded/normal person in this situation. His music still sucks though!
    I hope someone taped the event.. I can see Josh standing tall in front of a bouncer telling him "Okay kid, let's do this" lol
    That's the thing... he probably HAD drugs which was why he obviously didn't want his bag checked. I think taking a stand for your drugs is awesome. The whole world should be as brave as Mr. Homme and then maybe people wouldn't be able to police our consciousness.
    Why care if your bag is searched unless there's something you shouldn't have
    Maybe he just doesn't like having his sh*t being rifled through?
    Yeah well either do I when I go to sports events, concerts, airports etc. But I'm sorry, hes in a famous band, I guess that makes him special.....Huge Queens of the Stoneage fan by the way, I just don't see the big deal in having to have your bag searched.
    Maybe he is a musician who does drugs! Holy shit! I have never heard of something like that! What is this world coming to?
    Most people don't really like being treated like a criminal when they aren't, in all actuality, a criminal. Shocker.
    Either what you said is the case, or he had drugs in his bag. Like, it is Josh Homme. He's been known to indulge in drugs a few times.... hahaha.
    maybe UG should stop posting small things like this... i mean yea, its nice n all... hearing about it... but like, it stirs shit up real fast :S
    Dude, this ain't small news. This is actual news, not the usual "Metallica might not be writing a new album until two weeks from now, maybe." kind of stuff this site has to offer. This is an important piece of information where you have the two sides of music clash- the artist and the businessman. This is what you should be aware of.
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    @Artturi--As interesting as this article is, and even though it's better than some of the articles posted, I really wouldn't consider this "actual" or "not small news". Actual news isn't Josh Homme being angry for getting frisked at a festival he was to play, actual news is something like what happened during 9/11.
    Homm-Eh is one of the last bastions of rock and roll. Preach it Josh.
    I always thought Jay-Z was a douche, my opinions not really shifting now. Like, I understand security, but I wouldn't want my shit rifled through by some ego-maniac rent-a-cop. And the champagne scenario is just stupid.
    I wouldn't mess with Homme. He looks like the kind of guy that would kick you in the balls, pull your underwear over your head, and stuff you in a locker. OH! and don't forget he'll spit in your face while doing it!
    A noteworthy anecdote, maybe. Not something to lash out about. For all he knows there may have been an incident in the past that Jay-Z wanted to take precaution against happening again. Although on saying that, I think Josh also had the right to refuse the frisk/search. As long as he's willing to accept any consequences.
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