Queens Of The Stone Age photography backlash continues

Ellen Offredy says she has “no interest” in working with Queens Of The Stone Age after Josh Homme kicked her fellow photographer Chelsea Lauren

Last weekend, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was filmed kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren during the band’s set at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Los Angeles.

He’s since apologised for his actions, which resulted in Lauren spending time in hospital. But Homme’s behaviour has led music photographer Ellen Offredy to say that she has “no interest” in working with the band in the future.

Offredy, who has worked with a wide range of artists and publications, tells BBC Newsbeat: “No photographer should feel threatened by an artist. We’re there to help them. Nobody should have to go through that at work. It just shouldn’t happen.”

Offredy reports that Homme’s initial explanation for the incident, which suggested it was an accident, “wasn’t sincere” and adds: “But the video version shows he’s had time to reflect on his actions – he’s acknowledged he’s kicked a photographer and that is inexcusable.

“Hopefully from here he’ll change his behaviour at live shows to ensure nobody else is injured.”

Record store day celebration

In Celebration of record store day we thought we would show you some of the prettiest vinyl’s we have here at Snapdragon HQ.

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Icelandic outfit announce 5 headline dates in October

The Vintage Caravan will return to the UK for their first headline tour in October, they’ve confirmed.

They’ll play five dates in support of third album Arrival, which was launched in May via Nuclear Blast. The shows follow support slots with The Blues Pills and Grand Magus.

Frontman Oskar Logi recently said: “We tried to please ourselves more than worry about what others will think. Our last album, Voyage, was released in 2012, so we had almost three years to work on Arrival.

“We widened our spectrum a bit sound-wise. We went a bit heavier, a bit darker, more prog. I think we got a good balance, and I think the songwriting is more mature. We were listening to a lot of Rush!”

Tickets are on sale now. The UK dates are in addiction to their current European tour and a previously-announced appearance in London with Avatarium in November.


Oct 23: Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Oct 24: Sheffield Corporation
Oct 25: Glasgow Audio
Oct 26: Birmingham Rainbow Cellar
Oct 27: Manchester Ruby Lounge


Jun 10: Ulmer Zelt Ulm, Germany
Jun 12: Willemeen Arnhem, Netherlands
Jun 13: Kempenerpop Aalst, Netherlands
Jun 13: Retie Rockt, Retie, Belgium
Jul 05: Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland
Jul 11: Eistnaflug Festival, Fjarðabyggð, Iceland
Jul 24: Rock Im Wald, Neuessen, Germany
Jul 25: Flörsheim Open Air, Flörsheim, Germany
Aug 15: Sonic Blast, Moledo, Portugal
Aug 23: Turock Open Air Essen, Germany
Sep 04: Pitcher, Dusseldorf, Germany
Sep 05: Metallergrillen, Bisterschied, Germany
Sep 12: Raismes Fest, Raismes, France
Nov 22: London Underworld