Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe claims he was attacked by gang in Ireland

Metal frontman was in Dublin at time of alleged attack

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe claimed that he was attacked by a gang of five people before the metal band played in Ireland last night.

The band played at Dublin’s 3Arena on November 9. Blythe explained what happened to him in a lengthy Instagram post prior to stepping on stage.

Blythe claims he was assaulted by a group of teenagers the night before the gig after being confronted while trying to take pictures of the city late at night. The frontman says he was hit with a weapon, possibly a stick, by one of the attackers and suffered a split-open eyebrow and smashed glasses but that he is “fine”.

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 fucker 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 shits 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…

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“Last night around midnight I walked one block away from my hotel to take some long exposures,” he wrote. “Right after I shot this very frame, I looked up and saw 5 or 6 teenage dudes (16- to 18-year-olds?) in hoodies and 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 and 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 and a cabbie was driving at these kids and I was standing in the street trying to shake it off, because that little fucker had rang my bell pretty good.”

Blythe went on to dedicate the song ‘512’ to his alleged attackers during the 3Arena gig. Blabbermouth reports he said: “This is for the five kids who jumped me. I hope you get your f**king heads kicked in.”

‘512’ is a reference to Blythe’s cell number from his time in a Czech prison in 2012. Blythe spent over a month in Prague’s Pankrác Prison after being accused of causing injuries which led to the death of a fan during a gig in Prague in 2010.

The metal band’s frontman was subsequently acquitted of all charges by a Czech Republic court. Blythe went on to publish an open letter calling for greater stage security at gigs.