Josh Homme seeking Detroit witnesses in assault suit


Last night, Queens of the Stone Age brought their Villains tour to Detroit's Fox Theatre. They rocked very, very hard.

However, it's not the Queens' career-spanning set that we can't stop thinking about — it's these apparently hastily written signs posted by the band throughout the venue.

It reads:


Would the couple who saw the stooges in '68 & who met Joshua outside the MOCA exhibit on the Iggy Pop show in April 2016 please contact an usher & ask for Kevin or Rob

The sign is in reference to the last time Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme performed in Detroit, as part of Iggy Pop's backing band at the Fox Theatre last year. An official afterparty was held at the Musuem of Contemporary Art Detroit, which featured an exhibition of photos of Iggy. Both Iggy and Homme were in attendance.

The band is likely seeking witnesses for legal purposes, having posted a similar message on their Facebook last month. The message stated they were looking for people who were talking to Homme at the MOCAD reception on April 7, 2016, when he was swarmed by people seeking autographs.

A TMZ video released last year shows Homme berating one autograph collector, calling a man who says he is a school teacher a "fucking loser" and appearing to almost get physical with him. However, as Metro Times contributor Jarrett Koral noted in our blog last year, the edited video wasn't an accurate portrayal of the events: Homme was happy to take photos with fans, but he said he didn't want to sign autographs for resellers. The man persisted, which is when Homme started shouting at him. The man filed suit against Homme and TMZ this year.

The Facebook message reads, in part:

That evening, a group of people were gathered outside the museum entrance. Some of those people were witness to a group of people swarming the band members seeking autographs, allegedly, for resale.

We are looking for one couple specifically who was engaged in conversation with Josh Homme about the evening's performance when they were interrupted by a man demanding an autograph. 

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