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Lamb of God frontman attacked on Dublin quays ahead of 3Arena gig

Randy Blythe said he had his ‘bell rung pretty good’ as he walked near the Samuel Beckett Bridge taking photos.

Image: Associated Press

RANDY BLYTHE, THE lead singer of groove metal band Lamb of God has detailed how he was attacked by a group of teenagers on Sunday night, as he walked on Dublin’s quays taking photos.

The singer – in Dublin for a gig with Megadeth and a number of other metal groups at the 3Arena last night - revealed on Instagram how he had been attacked near the Samuel Beckett Bridge, not far from the concert venue.

He was hit on the head by the group and, as he puts it, had his ‘bell rung pretty good’.

In spite of the negative encounter, Blythe said it didn’t colour his view of Dublin, which he still regards as a “lovely city”.

His Instagram message included some frank comments about gangs of young people carrying out such attacks. The singer wrote:

“…please neuter & spay your feral children, because next time they might club someone whose head isn’t as hard as mine & kill them.”

samb Source: Randall Blythe

This is his Instagram post in full: 

“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 [sic] 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…”

Gig goes ahead

The band’s set went ahead as normal at the 3Arena last night, with fans giving the group some positive feedback. Blythe’s message was posted after the gig.

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