The frontman of American metal band Lamb of God has detailed how he was attacked by a group of teenagers on the quays on Sunday, ahead of their 3Arena gig last night.
Posting a picture of the Samuel Beckett Bridge to his Instagram page, Randy Blythe said that he was taking a picture of the bridge around midnight on Sunday when he found himself surrounded by " 5 or 6 teenage dudes (16 to 18 year olds?) in hoodies & track pants".
He said that he was attacked and hit on the head, having his hat, e-cigarette and glasses stolen before a taxi driver came to his aid by running the group off.
The gig, which was a co-headliner with Megadeth, went ahead at the 3Arena last night despite his injuries.
The full caption read:
"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…"