Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Was Assaulted by Five Men in Ireland
Randy Blythe, singer for the metal band Lamb of God, was allegedly assaulted by five men in Ireland Sunday night. Blythe wrote in an Instagram post that a group of "teenage dudes" attacked him in Dublin, where the band played a show last night.
According to the post, which you can read in full below, Blythe was shooting photos one block from his hotel when he found himself surrounded the hoodie-sporting teens. The singer tried to avoid the situation, but was struck from behind.
Sometimes doing what you love comes at a price: here’s the Samuel Beckett bridge in Dublin, Ireland. Last night around midnight I walked one block away from my hotel to take some long exposures- right after I shot this very frame, I looked up & saw 5 or 6 teenage dudes (16 to 18 year olds?) in hoodies & track pants spreading out around me. “Well, crap, I guess it’s on” I thought. I started stepping quickly into the street away from the little cul-de-sac where I was (it was a bad spot to be trapped), trying to keep my eye on all of them at the same time. One kid drew up to my left getting close & BLAM- someone else hit me in the head from behind with something (I think they had a stick or whatever)- I saw stars for a second, then I heard car horns & a cabbie was driving at these kids & I was standing in the street trying to shake it off, because that little f—er had rang my bell pretty good. Like all cowards & weaklings all over the world, they came at me in numbers and struck from behind. I never even had a chance to smash one of the little s–ts because the cabbie (thank you, whoever you are) scattered them while I was regaining my wits. So now my glasses are gone (but I have contacts), my new Surf City hat w/the Black Flag bars is gone (but I brought another hat), my new e-cig is gone (but I have others), & I have a split open elbow & a bit of a headache (but it could have been much, much worse- I could have caught a knife). I remain grateful- I’M FINE. I’ve been in some of the sketchiest neighborhoods on earth & escaped unharmed, but last night I got distracted & forgot my street smarts for a couple of minutes. That was very, VERY stupid of me, & I paid the price. So lesson learned here is STAY ALERT, y’all. And Dublin- I still love you, I’m NOT afraid to come here, it’s a lovely city, BUT… please neuter & spay your feral children, because next time they might club someone whose head isn’t as hard as mine & kill them. They didn’t even try to rob me, they just wanted to hurt someone, anyone – it was nothing personal for them- this makes me very SAD for these children. So Dublin, sorry if tonight’s show was a little rough- I did my best for y’all…
Blythe escaped the altercation with injuries to his elbow and head, but as he notes in his Instagram post, it could have been much worse if a taxi driver hadn't honked his horn, scaring away the kids.
Blythe also points out that he still loves Dublin, but he brought up the attack during Lamb of God's show there last night, dedicating a song to the assaulting teens, saying, “This is for the five kids who jumped me. I hope you get your f—ing heads kicked in.”
The frontman is no stranger to violence. In 2012 Blythe was arrested and charged with manslaughter after the death of a 19-year-old Prague fan fell from the stage where Lamb of God were performing. He went into a coma and died a few weeks later. Blythe was initially accused of pushing the fan from the stage but was later found not guilty by a Czech court.
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