The Lamb Of God vocalist was the victim of an attack during the band’s European tour stop in Dublin, according to a post from the front man’s Instagram account. Blythe said he was out around midnight on Monday to shoot some night photography, walking about a block from his hotel. No sooner had he snapped this photo of the Samuel Beckett Bridge, when he was suddenly approached by a group of teenage men wearing hooded sweatshirts. As Blythe made his way closer to the street, they began to circle around him and that’s when the assault occurred. The singer suffered injuries to his head and elbow but thankfully a nearby cab driver saw the incident and honked his horn to help scare off the attackers. In his description of the event (which he posted with the photo) Blythe maintained that he was fine and that he was thankful nothing worse happened to him.
“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 f—er 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 s–ts 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…”
Blythe made reference to the attack during the show later Monday night, even dedicating the song “512” to them. “This is for the five kids who jumped me. I hope you get your f****** heads kicked in.” As many know Blythe is no stranger to facing sticky situations in foreign countries. In 2012 he spent over a month locked up inside Pankrac Prison in the Czech Republic for allegedly pushing a fan off stage during a 2010 performance in Prague. He was latter acquitted of all charges. “512” was written about his experience there and the title is the number of the prison cell he was in.