NewsNovember 14, 2021 11:09 AM ET•5,375 views

Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe shares advice on concert safety in wake of Astroworld tragedy

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)

Shortly before taking the stage with Lamb Of God for the group's performance at Welcome to Rockville 2021 last night (November 14), vocalist Randy Blythe took to Instagram to share his thoughts on concert crowd safety in light of the tragic events at the Astroworld music festival in Texas earlier this month, when eight were killed and hundreds injured amid a crowd surge.

Blythe obviously has intimate knowledge of concert tragedies, as he was charged with manslaughter in 2012 following the death of a fan during Lamb Of God of show in the Czech Republic. Blythe was accused of shoving a fan off the stage, leading to the fan's death, and to a month of imprisonment for Blythe. He was ultimately exonerated.

Blythe had this to say:

Tonight my band Lamb Of God will play in front of thousands of people at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Florida. In light of the deaths at the Astroworld Fest in Houston, I'm posting some practical info. I will not retroactively armchair quarterback the whole Astroworld thing- suffice it to say, A LOT of shit went wrong in many ways. However, I BELIEVE THE BUCK ULTIMATELY STOPS WITH THE PERSON HOLDING THE MIC- anyone who knows my story knows that I have very sad, personal experience with not stopping an out of control show- it's something I will carry with me to my grave. Being a spokesperson for safer shows is both my responsibility as a good man & the fulfillment of a face-to-face promise I made to the family of a dead fan. SO TO THAT END:

#1) From personal experience, I can say that from the performer's perspective onstage at a huge festival, it can be VERY DIFFICULT to tell if something has gone wrong in the audience- the noise of the music, the roar of the crowd, the lights in your face, the thousands of people moving all at once- it makes it very hard to ascertain if there is a problem or if people are just having a good time.

If someone is hurt, screaming "STOP THE SHOW!" at the band onstage doesn't really work, because unless the entire audience is chanting that, it's just gonna blend into all the noise.

Waving your hands frantically in the air doesn't really help either— it just looks like more movement in a sea of movement.

What DOES help the audience let a performer know that something has gone wrong in the crowd?

A SIGNAL. Here are 2 signals I've personally seen from the stage that have let me know that someone was injured in the crowd. We then COMPLETELY STOPPED the show until that person could be removed:

A) arms held in an "x" above your head (picture 1). This is a fairly universal signal that means STOP.

B) the "time-out" signal (picture 2- fingertips of one hand speared into the palm of the other)

When I've seen several people doing these signals in a crowd together, it looks DIFFERENT than everyone else, & I've known something was wrong.

#2) if someone falls, pick them up. That is how WE do it in OUR COMMUNITY.

Nuff said.

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Pilgrim 187 days ago

Makes an X on this news


anonymous 187 days ago

If there is trouble, identify yourself as straight edge by making an 'X' above your head. We do not stop the violence for drunks and druggies. If this doesn't work, identify yourself as transgender, by making a 'T' symbol over your head. No one wants to get canceled, so this will calm things down immediately. This has been lessons learned by someone guilty of what I am now preaching against.


evil_hero 187 days ago

the only hand signal i make at a lamb of god show is the horns, brother. we ain't stopping this show for a measly ol' death


evil_hero 187 days ago

anyone making an X above their head at a show, i assume is straightedge, so we're all aware who the dweebs are


anonymous 187 days ago

Randy: I'm an expert on concert safety Also Randy: ON 3 I WANT TO SEE A CRASHING WALL OF DEATH... HOLD... HOLD... HOLD... 1, 2, 3 GOOOOOOOOOO


anonymous 187 days ago

Pushedoffstagescore


anonymous 187 days ago

How's that czech dude doing?


anonymous 187 days ago

what a soy


anonymous 187 days ago

"Arms held in an "x" above your head"…. Randy Blythe doesn't keep it kayfabe.


anonymous 187 days ago

SEE WHO GIVES A f*ck!


anonymous 187 days ago

Someone really needs to Czech on that dude from the Czech Republic


anonymous 187 days ago

anonymous 3 hours ago If there is trouble, identify yourself as straight edge by making an 'X' above your head. We do not stop the violence for drunks and druggies. If this doesn't work, identify yourself as transgender, by making a 'T' symbol over your head. No one wants to get canceled, so this will calm things down immediately. Lol


VodkaVeins 187 days ago

Arms raised in a V...


anonymous 187 days ago

Crowd Danger Signaller (CDS): Surveys the crowd with binoculars from a perch & signals the stage & security crew when something is going on in the crowd. Four markers on the left & right sides of the crowd area, each side marked 1 through 4 from the front (L1, 2, 3 , 4 for Stage Left, R 1, 2, 3, 4 for Stage Right.) If there's a situation at Stage Left 3, the CDS texts & walkie talkies the stage manager & L3 security head "L3" (Situation Stage Left 3.)


anonymous 187 days ago

^^^ Good idea to have eyes over the crowd.


anonymous 187 days ago

Making an X with your arms means you want the singer of Brass Against to piss in your mouth.


anonymous 187 days ago

Making an X with your arms means you want the singer of Brass Against to piss in your mouth. What is the international symbol for brass against shizer?


anonymous 187 days ago

AstroWorld 2022 lineup taking shape early…Brass Against, Lamb of God, Rain City Drive (or wherever they changed it to by then), Okilly Dokilly reunion.


anonymous 187 days ago

this stupid f*ck shouldn't be giving advice on anything, ever


anonymous 187 days ago

Dude! Imagine if Vega took his mask off and he was this dude hahaha!


anonymous 187 days ago

This is coming a guy who should be writhing away in a Russian Prison for killing a kid after shoving him into mid air off a stage Randy The Re-Re Blythe


anonymous 187 days ago

This is coming from an idiot who should be writhing away in a Russian Prison for killing a kid after shoving him into mid air off a stage Randy The Re-Re Blythe


anonymous 186 days ago

^^ stop repeating yourself butt brain


anonymous 186 days ago

Safest place to be is in the back, behind your girlfriend... Stay home pussies!


anonymous 186 days ago

Known murderer Ranall Blythe the 'Lamb of God'


anonymous 186 days ago

How not to die at a show, written by a guy who killed a guy at show…


anonymous 186 days ago

The only advice on concert safety I wanna hear is get vaccinated


anonymous 186 days ago

He looks like an aging lesbian


anonymous 186 days ago

lamb of god has killed many more fans due to them generally being fat and lonely


anonymous 186 days ago

xSTAYTRUETOYOURCREWx


anonymous 186 days ago

No comment could be better that this story itself. So, so much irony. Stick to you crypto and apparel brand, dude.





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