"Sometimes doing what you love comes at a price" wrote Randy Blyth last night in the dramatic description of his Instagram post. There he detailed his assault at the hands of a gang of street youths along the quays near Dublin City Centre.
Blyth, in Dublin for a gig where his band Lamb of God were supporting Megadeth, was strolling near his hotel taking a few snaps of bridges and landmarks when he noticed a gang of around 6 youths approaching him. Before he could get somewhere safe he found himself on the ground, having been struck on the back of the head. Luckily a taxi driver pulled up and beeped his horn at the cowardly gang, which caused them to run away.
Thankfully Blyth escaped with only a bad headache and some superficial injuries, although he had to survive without his glasses for the rest of his trip (presumably broken when he was hit) and had both his cap and e-cigarette robbed. The good news, he got some nice pictures and the gig went ahead so the fans weren't disappointed.
He signed off by saying,
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
I'm not sure about the legality of neutering and spaying children but he's right; he could have been seriously injured or worse.
Check out everything he had to say in his Instagram post below:
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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 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...