Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe 'attacked by teenagers' in Dublin
The frontman of US metal band Lamb of God has claimed he was attacked by a gang of teenagers while taking night-time photographs in Dublin.
Randy Blythe said the city's children should be "neutered and spayed" after he was hit across the head yards from his hotel in the docklands by a group of five or six people wearing hoodies and tracksuits.
The singer said he was taking some long exposure photography of the Samuel Beckett bridge over the Liffey at about midnight on Sunday when he was set upon.
In the Irish capital as support for metal band Megadeth, Blythe's Lamb Of God were on stage on Monday night playing to thousands of metal fans in the 3Arena.
He posted the photo of the bridge on Instagram and described the group of 16 to 18-year-olds approaching, saying one came in from his left and another hit him on the head from behind with what he believed to be a stick.
A passing taxi driver intervened, with Blythe claiming the cab was driven at the gang.
Blythe suffered a cut to one of his elbows, a headache and lost his glasses, a new hat and his e-cigarette in the attack.
"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," he wrote.
"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..."