There are a lot of terrible people in the world, and while we can’t say that “professional autograph vulture” is at the top of our list, it doesn’t make it any less of a scummy “profession.”
After a gig in Detroit last Thursday while in town for his Post Pop Depression tour with Iggy Pop, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stoneage, Eagles of Death Metal) had a heated confrontation with a man selling signed photographs.
Posted to TMZ, the video shows Homme arguing with a hooded man who had been hanging around selling signed autographs — which Homme had been happy to give out for free to fans. But when the man approached Homme for an autograph, not only did he refuse, but let him have a piece of his mind.
I was at this in Detroit and was right next to Josh when this happened. TMZ cut out the angry comments made by the ‘fan’/autograph hound, and it’s unfair to Josh that they did that. Josh wasn’t signing autographs because there were obvious eBay sellers there (multiple items, lying to get stuff signed for their kids, etc), but he said he would take pictures with everybody. Suddenly, the autograph hounds weren’t interested. When Josh started taking pictures with people, the autograph hound (who talked about reselling the autographs while we were waiting outside) then said “do you know how much we made off you tonight”, which was a reply to Josh saying that he didn’t want anything ending up on eBay. Taking pictures with fans was generous, and I just thought I’d set the record straight!
Watch the video below: