Published Jul 03, 2018Collaborative partnerships between Anthony Bourdain and Josh Homme led to the two maintaining a long-running friendship. The Queens of the Stone Age singer appeared on the late chef's show No Reservations, and he had teamed with Mark Lanegan to write a theme song for Bourdain's other program Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
In memory of Bourdain, Homme recently shared a letter the chef had written to his daughter, Camille, concerning her father's appearance on No Reservations. In the show's opening sequence, which can be found below, Bourdain approaches Homme singing and playing guitar in the desert, promptly taking his instrument and smashing it.
In retelling the story on social media late last week (June 29), Homme wrote to Bourdain, "Once Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. & So were you. Defending me. As we had done & would do many times over the years for each other. & you, with great care, such empathy, such sweetness… you apologized to a little girl who was defending her daddy."
Explaining that the guitar smash was in reference to Animal House, Bourdain's letter reads, "You saw me take Daddy's guitar and smash it against a tree and I'm sure that was upsetting...Know that that was in fact not really Daddy's guitar, and that we were both just playing around. Daddy would have been very angry were I to do such a thing — and as he is a large man, I would not still be here to write this letter. I like your Daddy very much. We are friends. Your Daddy was very nice to let me and my camera crew hang out with him all week at his favorite places and to make totally awesome music for us."
Bourdain died by suicide at age 61 in Strasbourg, France, last month. His life and work will be explored in a new biography set for release in 2019.
Read his entire apology letter below.
Tony, I miss you bad. Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. & So were you. Ariane, this was your father. Humbly yours, Joshua pic.twitter.com/sR3mwO5WBI— QOTSA (@qotsa) June 29, 2018