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Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe to Fans: ‘Be Carefully’

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Randy Blythe has played thousands of shows during his career as the vocalist of Lamb of God, a heavy metal band based out of Richmond, Virginia. But a concert in Prague on May 24, 2010 changed his life forever.

Daniel Nosek, a 19-year-old music fan, was in attendance at that very concert and sustained serious head injuries that led to his death. In June of 2012, more than two years after the incident, Blythe was arrested and charged with the death of the young man, accused of shoving him off stage.

The verdict read on March 2013 acquitted Blythe of manslaughter charges, but the loss of Nosek and the pain of his family is still there. Blythe knows this and on May 15, he published a message to his followers on his personal Tumblr.

When the verdict was read, that I had been exonerated, I tried my best to act with dignity, to show no emotion. Perhaps one day I will be able to express what I felt when I finally learned I was to remain free, but right now I am still trying to understand it. Relief, certainly, but there was a greater part welling up in me, something like disbelief saturated with a deep sadness. A fan of my band was dead, and a family had been shattered. I did not feel like celebrating. I did not feel like going home. I did not feel like staying. I did not know what to do or where to go. It was all very overwhelming.

Those familiar with the atmosphere at heavy metal and other rock shows can attest to the dangers of crowd surfing, mosh pits and stage diving. Blythe acknowledges this truth and shares some advice:

If you are a fan and are going to a lamb of god show or ANY SHOW where there will be moshing, crowd surfing, etc.- know that what you are doing carries a risk. Use your brain- if it is too rough for you, get out before you get hurt. If you are wasted on whatever, please realize that you are not a stuntman, sit your ass down at the bar, and relax. Being obliterated is not conducive to injury free concert activities. Also, for Pete’s sake, if you are moshing and someone falls down, PICK THEM UP. We have stopped shows before because people have been getting hurt, and we will do it again. This is our community, and we should take care of each other. A show is a place we are supposed to be together, having a good time, supporting one another. The real world will beat you down enough- we don’t need to get stomped on at a show. Give each other a hand.

He goes on to say:

I am just like you, a fan of this music who loves to have a good time at a show. I’m just begging you please to use your head and to be respectful of others. I love the energy of a good show, I love providing the fans with the same cathartic release I’ve gotten from watching bands so many times, I love leaving it all on the floor for the people. It’s what I do, and I love it.

Read the full message here and pass it along to spread the word. Concerts are a place to bond with other fans, connect with musicians, enjoy art, escape and have fun. Let’s keep these shows, venues and concertgoers safe. Lamb of God is currently on tour, check out the band’s upcoming dates.

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