Vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD has written a lengthy entry in his blog RANDONESIA where he shared his experiences of being in a metal band. A couple of excerpts from the posting follow below.
“Being a member of my band, lamb of god, has provided me with many different experiences. Some are incredibly exhilarating, such as watching one of my best friends jump out of an airplane right in front of me, then eight terrified seconds later following him into free fall high above the Nevada desert. Stepping onstage in front of a hundred or so thousand screaming people in the English countryside. Running wild through the streets of Tokyo at night, intoxicated on a heavy mixture of strong Japanese beer, jet lag, and the Blade Runner-esque neon skyline I had dreamed of seeing since my childhood.
“Some of the experiences aren’t so fun. Getting the flu and traveling around Europe in a sweaty haze, screaming my brains out for more than hour and trying to entertain the paying concert goers when I feel like I am going to pass out and/or defecate in my shorts on stage. Leaving home heartbroken after a terrible argument with my wife and not having time make it right before I fly to Australia for a month. Not being able to find a toilet that isn’t covered in excrement, vomit, blood, or urine and REALLY having to take a poop. The sheer exhaustion that settles in after rushing from airport to airport on far too little sleep for a couple of years in a row. It gets mind numbing at times.
“For me, being in a band, MY BAND, is often long, boring, stretches of “hurry up and wait”, interrupted by really intense moments of pure joy. Somewhere in the middle of these highs and lows is the experience I call my life. I really cherish all of these moments, the good AND the bad. I try not take them for granted, to examine them under the admittedly clouded and subjective microscope that is my perspective, learn from them, and become a better man. I try to understand them for what they are, and what they mean in the context of my life. Since I’ve put down the bottle, I believe I do a pretty good job of it most days. The quotidian can get rather bizarre at times, but it’s mine. I’m clear headed enough to remember it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“But there are times that being in my band gives me a moment that makes me stop dead in my tracks and ask myself “Why am I experiencing this? Why me?” A few fleeting seconds on the clock that I don’t understand the exact nature of, ones I can’t seem to process, no matter how I look at them. A minute or two in my life I can’t immediately compartmentalize, yet I know is important to me, the way I view the world, my place in it, and my movement through it.”
Read the rest of Blythe‘s massive blog entry at this location.