Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Attacked in Streets of Dublin

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Randy Blythe of Lamb of God performs on stage at Brixton Academy on January 18, 2014 in London.

Also, the band just announced a string of U.S. tour dates with Anthrax for Jan. and Feb. 2016.

Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe shared some awful news over Instagram Monday (Nov. 10). Out on the band’s European tour, the vocalist was surrounded by a gang of kids and struck over the head, just outside his hotel in Dublin. Fortunately, he did no sustain any serious injuries. 

“They didn't even try to rob me,” Blythe explained of the five or six assailants, whom he estimated to be between 16 and 18 years old. “They just wanted to hurt someone, anyone.” 

Blythe stepped out of his hotel around midnight to take photographs when the event occurred. He was struck in the head by a blunt object from behind, just before the headlights from a passing car caused the aggressors to scatter. 

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As for the damage, Blythe left with a headache, a hurt elbow, and without his glasses, hat, and e-cig. Save for that, he appears to be in good spirits. 

“Last night I got distracted and forgot my street smarts for a couple of minutes. So lesson learned here is STAY ALERT, y'all. And Dublin -- I still love you, I'm NOT afraid to come here.”

 

 

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...

A photo posted by D. Randall Blythe (@drandallblythe) on

 

In 2012, Blythe spent five weeks in a Czech jail (he was since acquitted of charges related to a fan’s death at a Prague concert), so he has certainly endured ordeals far worse. 

For now, a street-smarter version of Blythe gets to continue Lamb of God’s European tour tomorrow night (Nov. 11) in Glasgow.

And the band just announced that it will continue to support its 2015 album, VII: Sturm und Drang, in early 2016, on tour with Anthrax. Those dates are below. 

Jan. 15 - Pittsburgh, Penn. (Stage AE)
Jan. 16 - Philadelphia, Penn. (Electric Factory) 
Jan. 17 - Silver Spring, Md. (The Fillmore Silver Spring)
Jan. 19 - Atlanta, Ga. (Tabernacle) 
Jan. 22 - Norfolk, Va. (Constant Convocation Center) 
Jan. 23 - New York, N.Y. (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Jan. 24 - Wallingford, Conn. (Toyota Presents Oakdale) 
Jan. 28 - Detroit, Mich. (Royal Oak Music Theatre)
Jan. 29 - Indianapolis, In. (Egyptian Room at Old National Centre) 
Jan. 30 - Chicago, Il. (Aragon Ballroom) 
Jan. 31 - Grand Rapids, Mich. (Orbit Room)
Feb. 2 - Kansas City, Mo. (Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland) 
Feb. 4 - Houston, Tex. (Revention Music Center) 
Feb. 5 - Dallas, Tex. (Bomb Factory) 
Feb. 6 - Corpus Christi, Tex. (Concrete Street Pavilion) 
Feb. 8 - Austin, Tex. (ACL Live at The Moody Theater) 
Feb. 9 - Oklahoma City, Okla. (Diamond Ballroom) 
Feb. 11 - Las Vegas, Nev. (Brooklyn Bowl)
Feb. 12 - Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Palladium)


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