Crack The Sky, the band that I’m the writer and lead singer of, is scheduled to play a concert in a few days. Last night in bed, I considered asking for a moment of silence from the crowd to honor the children of Newtown. This, like all coins, has two sides. Starting a rock concert with silence can kill the buzz, while starting a concert in reverence can bring awareness. Then, I read this. “Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Disgusted By Disrespectful Oregon Audience. While the majority of the crowd quietly paid their respects, a disturbing number of concertgoers made noise, talked and generally disrupted the otherwise peaceful moment.
After the concert, a shaken Blythe took to Instagram to express his disgust for those that couldn’t “shut up for sixty lousy seconds.”
“We, Lamb of God, asked for sixty seconds of silence during our 1st set break to honor the dead children & teachers in CT. It seemed appropriate- it’s a national TRAGEDY. Most of the crowd complied, but several didn’t, some cursing & even laughing. I wanted to walk off stage. I am so disgusted right now- if you were one of those who wouldn’t shut up for SIXTY LOUSY SECONDS to honor twenty MURDERED CHILDREN- go look in the mirror. You are looking at a piece of —-. Your parents are obviously pieces of —- too, because they raised you to behave with no dignity. To the fans who were respectful, I thank you. I am also sorry you have so many goddamned a-holes in your community.
Grow up. Your parents should have beaten some manners into you, you savage little beasts. With that I will go to bed, say a prayer for those suffering, & hope for a better day tomorrow, because tonight SUCKED.”
I have only this to add to Mr. Blythe’s rant. I will walk off stage if we get a similar response when I now, will absolutely ask for a moment of silence, before the show, not after a set break, when the crowd is already fired up. Randy, our actions make us who we are. Your words, I think, are filled with emotion and are genuine, but walking – action – would have made your point much more effective.
This is Dr. John Palumbo for The Robbie Student Show.