Lamb of God singer writes lengthy op-ed on concert safety

by Tyler Munro

May 16, 2013

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via RevolverMag

In the wake of his first tour with Lamb of God post-prison, Randy Blythe has written a lengthy, eloquent op-ed called “Be Carefully” that, fan or not, you should probably read. It’s very, very long, but very, very worth it.

The gist of it is that Randy Blythe, while exonerated, has taken the incident in Prague to heart. Though he was absolutely not guilty in any sense in regards to a fan’s death back in 2010, the victim’s family reminded him on their final visit that he could be a spokesperson for safer shows. Early in the piece, Blythe makes a point of talking about how hard it is to explain the heavy metal atmosphere of moshing, headbanging and crowd surfing to outsiders of the community. “It was like trying to tell a person who has been blind from birth what the color purple looks like,” he said.

He goes on to urge his peers, both bands and promoters, to plan for safer shows. He says to make sure they have enough security and that stage barricades are properly placed. Unsurprisingly, he tells fans planning to come to future Lamb of God shows that they are in no uncertain terms welcome on stage.

“Absolutely no one is welcome on the stage if we have not invited you up there, and unless you are a small child or in a wheel chair, that is not likely to happen. Please respect this,” he writes. “If you do take the stage, we will immediately stop playing, you will be removed from the stage with great swiftness ,and thrown out of the show with no refund, no questions asked.”

Read the entire thing on Randy Blythe’s blog.

Tags: Music, News, Lamb of God

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