Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Assaulted in Ireland
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was assaulted late Sunday night / early Monday morning prior to the band's gig in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday night (Nov. 9). In an Instagram post, the vocalist says he was attacked by a group of "teenage dudes," with one of them striking him in the head from behind.
The metal singer was out taking photographs around midnight when he noticed he was being surrounded by a group of what appeared to be five or six teenagers in "hoodies and track pants" right before the assault took place. He sustained injuries to his elbow and head, but says it could have been a lot worse if not for a taxi driver who honked his horn and helped disperse the attackers. Read Blythe's entire Instagram post describing the incident below:
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...
During the Monday night gig, Blythe made reference to the incident (watch above), dedicating the song '512' to his attackers: "This is for the five little s--ts who decided to sneak up on me last night. I hope you get your f---ing heads kicked in."
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