Anthony Bourdain and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme were great friends for a number of years. QOTSA even composed and performed the theme song for Bourdain’s TV show Parts Unknown. So when Bourdain took his own life on June 8, 2018, at the age of 61, it hit Josh hard. Homme recently shared a letter than Bourdain wrote to his daughter after she was sad that Tony broke her dad’s guitar.
Homme shared a letter from 2011 that Bourdain wrote to his 5-year-old daughter on Twitter. Camile. Bourdain was apologizing to Homme’s daughter for breaking her dad’s guitar in a 2011 episode of the show No Reservations. Bourdain wrote a sweet ‘****ing’ letter to the 5-year-old the only way Anthony Bourdain could.
“Dear Camille, I hear you were very upset with me after seeing the promo for this show, which I filmed recently with your Daddy and his friends. You saw me take Daddy’s guitar and smash it against a tree and I’m sure that was upsetting. That this was in fact a not so subtle homage to the early works of John Landis and John Belushi is something you could have hardly been expected to know, Animal House having been released long before you were born, and I apologize.
“Know that was in fact, not really Daddy’s guitar, and that we were both just playing around. In real life, Daddy would have been very angry were I to do such a thing — and as he is a large man, I strongly suspect 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 all his favorite places and to make totally awesome music for us.
“I like your Daddy so much, that when an obnoxious superfan of mine at a magical place called Pappy and Harriet’s got up in Daddy’s face — had your Daddy not gently guided him by the thorax to the welcoming arms of security — I would have broken my beer glass across the man’s skull and then jabbed the jagged remnants into his ****ing neck. That’s the kind of guy I am. I had your Daddy’s back — just like he had mine. You will learn about these things later — possibly in grammar school.
“When you watch the show, I hope there is nothing else in there that upsets you. You will surely see how completely brilliant Daddy is at work. You will hear a lot of great music. If you are a foodie, you will probably be terribly disappointed at the change of focus in this week’s episode, but at your tender age, I doubt that such a terrible thing as that could have befallen you. Life, for you, is still filled with hope and promise. Yes, Daddy seems to be drinking a lot of tequila on the show. But he never got drunk. Not that I saw anyway. He is a pretty good cook too — though this is something you surely know by now. I cook my daughter grilled cheese sandwiches. What does your Daddy cook you? Sincerely, Anthony.”
Bourdain always had a way with words. Homme wrote: “Tony, I miss you bad. Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. & So were you. Ariana, this was your father,” referencing Bourdain and ex-wife Ottavia Busia’s 11-year-old daughter.
The same day as Bourdain’s death, Homme wrote a heartfelt message to his friend. “Dammit Tony. I’m so sorry. I’m so destroyed. I love you brother. I miss you too much already. My love and condolences to Ariane and Ottavia.”
Also on the day of Bourdain’s death, Homme dedicated the QOTSA song “Long Slow Goodbye” to his celebrity chef confidant. “Sometimes you lose somebody,” Homme told the crowd at Denmark’s NorthSide Festival. “And today we lost somebody, so this song is for Tony.”