According to the Irish Mirror, LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe was assaulted by a gang of five men before the band’s concert in Dublin Monday night (November 9).
The vocalist claimed that the men approached him from behind and punched him in the back of the head. According to Blythe, one of the men shouted, “Welcome to Dublin” during the attack.
During LAMB OF GOD’s show in Dublin, Blythe dedicated the song “512” to his alleged attackers. He said: “This is for the five kids who jumped me. I hope you get your fucking heads kicked in.”
The “512” title is a reference to Blythe’s cell number in Prague, Czech Republic’s Pankrác Prison, where he spent over a month in 2012 after being accused of shoving a local fan off the stage during LAMB OF GOD’s May 2010 concert in the city. The man, who is said to have stormed the stage three times during the show, reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage that resulted in his death nearly a month later. Blythe was eventually acquitted of all charges after a panel of Czech judges ruled that concert promoters — and not Blythe — were largely to blame for the fan’s death.
The vocalist wrote the track about how his experience behind bars changed him. He told RollingStone.com: “You cannot have the same mentality as the normal guy living on the streets in prison. You undergo a radical mental and emotional shift when you go into prison.”
He continued: “There are aspects of your personality that you could cultivate in prison that are beneficial to your survival that would be seen as psychosis or extreme paranoia. You have to be ready for violence at any time. Anyone who is 100 percent honest in prison will get taken advantage of, maybe by other prisoners, maybe by guards. For me, being in prison was a lot of figuring out what I could get away with, how I could work outside any set of rules in order to remain as comfortable as I could. You’re cultivating your psyche in your deceit. In prison, everyone is listening all the time, and if they hear you say something that they can take, they might internalize it and be, like, ‘This guy is talking to someone,’ and he’ll wind up dead.”
According to the vocalist, he spent much of his time in a dark, basement dungeon so that the guards could monitor him for depression. “I couldn’t even see the sun to tell what part of day it was,” he said. “It was just steadily lessening levels of gloom.”