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”.
“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.