Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe: Ideal Tour Would Take Place in ‘Crusty Punk Basements’
Lamb of God are getting ready to hit the road again, and as is the case with any tour announcement, there are a few fans in certain cities feeling left out on the good times. But rather than gloss over it, singer Randy Blythe headed to Twitter for another rant discussing the booking policies and the group’s involvement in it.
The singer explained, “I do not book our tours. There’s a guy you have to hire when you reach a certain level. He’s called a booking agent. He routes the tour, he deals with the promoters, he gets the tour package the best offers he can get for the tour. I have neither the time, the inclination, or the innate skill for dealing with this s—, nor do I have the contacts or the resources.”
Blythe revealed that if booking were left up to him, fans would be treated to something completely different. He detailed what a tour would look like, beginning with the fact that there would be 15 shows in 30 days, primarily in the South, with a day off every other day to go skateboarding, fishing or book shopping. He adds, “Venues would be crusty punk basements, BYOB, no merch because f— it, I don’t feel like dealing with it. No f—ing autograph signings, only skateboard sessions. Massive amounts of coffee on the rider – that’s it. No cell phones allowed at the show, not because I’m worried about my picture being taken, but because you need to be watching the band, not your f—ing two inch screen.”
As for the crowd, Blythe explains, “Fighting is not only allowed. It’s encouraged. Bail bondsmen business cards will be issued at the door … I will not ask the audience if they are ‘having a good time,’ I will instead throw handfuls of M80s at anyone who looks like they’re bored. That’s my tour. That’s how I would do it.”
He would revisit Twitter for another rant, addressing those who complained about the band not coming to their town. His main advice for those fans is to help build their local scene. He explained that building a local scene means “forming bands, practicing relentlessly, and booking your own shows wherever you can. It also means supporting local shows. That means coming out and seeing what is in your own town.”
Blythe states that when there are a lot of local bands playing, a healthy sense of competition develops and local bands get good. As a result, the scene develops, more people come to shows, a reputation is built, and smaller national acts will drop in for shows. If those go well, then word of mouth will spread to bigger acts to where bands will want to come to your town. He concludes, “Every band is a local band somewhere. We are from Richmond, motherf—ing Virginia and proud of it. Don’t wait for someone to come to your town. Rock the f— outta yer own town. Trust me, it works and it’s fun.”
Lamb of God recently announced a summer tour with Dethklok. Click here for dates.