Josh Homme Warns QOTSA Fans: 'When We Come to Town, We're Hoping to be Someone's Villain'
publish date: 2017-11-10
After a couple months off, Homme and QOTSA are back touring support in of Villains and putting tickets for the second leg of their tour on sale today (Nov. 10), including a return to The Forum in Los Angeles on Feb 17, six months after performing at Dave Grohl's Cal Jam fest in San Bernardino.
caught up with Homme (pronounced Hommy, rhymes with "mommy") to talk about his love for the IE, the sounds of Villain and why Satan always makes for a great dance-party theme.
How was Cal Jam?
I was really happy for Dave. That's a big risk. From the perspective of being in a band and what you wish a festival would be like, taking little pieces of European festivals that are kind of wonderful and everyone is still free to do what they want, and mixing that with your own line up, is a big risk. It was quite good to be one of the bands there and Dave has a way of saying "we should really enjoy ourselves, everybody go!" He's always had that way about him.
You’re from the Palm Desert, not far from the Glen Helen Amphitheater, the home of this year's Cal Jam. I've always had mixed feelings about Glen Helen — it's a gigantically magical place, albeit a bit cantankerous and pitiful. What is your relationship with this glorious dump of a music venue?
To me, it's in the elbow crease of many freeways, in the middle of nowhere. It's where you are when you're about to go somewhere else.
You pass it on your way to Vegas or when you’re trying to run from something.
Yes. It’s a high use area for drug trafficking. But it's part of the Inland Empire, which sounds so much like the Roman Empire until you're there. Then you realize it's not Rome. As Nick Oliveri used to say, "it’s a great place to get gas, take a shit and keep driving."
Do you feel comfortable taking credit for making the Inland Empire credible and perhaps even cool?
Any place where you're allowed to take a chance, fail, get up and not be condemned is a good place. And I can say I'm proud to be from the IE, I am proud to be from 760 and I'm proud to be from the desert. In Blade Runner they just say “enhanced” — I’m proud to be from the enhanced IE.