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Q (UK) - - Backstage - ALEX LAKE, Q CHIEF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

“Josh Homme is one of the fun­ni­est, tough­est rock’n’roll bas­tards I’ve ever met. I pho­tographed him for the Q cover in London. A cou­ple of weeks later, I flew out to LA to shoot all of the Queens. On Josh’s rec­om­men­da­tion, I spent a few hours hik­ing around the edges of Run­yon Canyon, up in the Hol­ly­wood hills, in search of a suit­able lo­ca­tion. Down a steep trail, off the main track where lizards, black wid­ows and rat­tlesnakes make their home, I found the per­fect spot, down­town LA sprawl­ing in the dis­tance. When the band ar­rived it was clear Josh had hurt him­self. An ar­du­ous 15- hour videoshoot the pre­vi­ous day had left his knee in a bad way, hence Josh mak­ing use of a cane in the photos. So we stuck to the main road above it all and as the sun slowly dropped away we took our photos be­fore div­ing into cars back into the bright lights of the city.”

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