It looks like Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Behemoth will be touring together this summer. So far, a June 4 date at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA has been confirmed via Live Nation.
[via Metal Injection]
Lamb Of God have shared a tribute they wrote for their bus driver Dale Lee, who recently passed away. You can read that in the below Instagram post:
Dale Lee was our bus driver. Our band, Lamb Of God, was among a list of many that were lucky enough to have had Dale transport us from city to city, and all across North America… back and forth and up and down. Dale wasn't just a name in our tour book, or the guy that serviced our generator. He was a part of our extended family….he was one of us. We knew how he liked his coffee…we knew what to order him for dinner. The first time we worked with Dale was by assignment, and every time following that initial pairing was by request. Dale made us all feel safe. As a group, we trusted his judgement, and his ability, competence and professionalism were never in question. We certainly could, with a little bit of effort, determine the number of miles, hours and border crossings that Dale carried us through over the years. However, what can't be quantified are the late night hours spent sharing stories back and forth about our wives, families and children….and Dale's grandchildren. The corny "dad jokes" and political debates….the landscapes, truck stops, state lines and sunrises that we all shared individually and collectively with our driver Dale. Best of all was when he'd have a short drive ahead of him, and he'd appear on the side of the stage to watch a few songs of our set…smiling proudly…. perhaps our most unlikely fan. Dale was one of us. We loved him….and we'll miss him dearly. . Thanks to Dale's family for sharing him with us for so many years. . Rest In Peace, Dale Lee. . –Lamb Of God.
Randy Blythe also made a personal post as well:
“RIP Dale” It’s a sad day for myself & the other dudes in my band. This afternoon I got the news that this man, Dale Lee, passed away last night. Dale has been lamb of god’s bus driver for the last few years on all of our U.S. tours. Dale had just come home from driving on another tour (I don’t know which one) & passed away in the night- he wasn’t a partier at all, so I know it wasn’t drugs or alcohol or anything stupid like that. Even with “natural” causes, it’s just very sad when you lose one of the road family. Dale was always early for bus call every evening to make sure the bus was up & running for the drive to the next show- lamb of god has NEVER been late under Dale’s watch, NOT ONCE. We used to joke “Dale’s gonna be early to his own funeral”- regrettably, that came true- he shouldn’t have left us so soon. We’ll miss you, Dale. When you are in a touring band, your life is in the hands of your driver. He is BY FAR the most important dude on that bus, but you don’t often see photos of the bus driver. Driving a bus may not look as glamorous as the stage, but it holds a hell of a lot more responsibility, & I always felt safe with Dale driving. Plus, he would put up with me running around & taking photos of him while he was trying to get some work done, like in this one, haha. So Rest In Peace, Dale Lee- thanks for getting us there safe & on time, EVERY SINGLE TIME- that’s all that matters. My condolences to his family as well. #Leica #LeicaQ #RIPDaleLee #driveondriver #seeyaontheothersidebuddy
Randy Blythe recently guested on Jamey Jasta‘s (Hatebreed) “The Jasta Show” and said Lamb Of God might go out on a “big summer tour” next year. Although, he did say that he “can not say anything” yet, and that he “can neither confirm nor deny any rumors, nor activities, thereof a bunch of dudes from Richmond, VA.” Stay tuned for more details if they develop.
[via The PRP]
Lamb Of God began incorporating clean vocals with “Overlord”, off their 2015 album “VII: Sturm Und Drang,” and then utilized them again on the title track of their 2016 EP “The Duke.” With this in mind, John Campbell was asked if the band were planning on exploring this type of singing in further releases, during a chat with The Salt Lake Tribune. He said the following:
“There is no telling, but I would imagine yes, probably. I think some people still have a hard time with [it]. But we’re always trying to evolve and come up with new ways to present heavy music. Not that it gets boring, but, you know, we don’t want to go out there and play the same songs every night, or play the same set and have every song be exactly the same. It’s nice to have some different emotions, some different dynamics to the set.”
Many rock/metal have commented on last night’s (May 22) tragic bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, which resulted in 22 deaths and 59 hospitalizations. You can see what some of them had to say below:
I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this. A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life. At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever. For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store & mentioned the news. This person joked "Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show." I was too shocked to even say anything- I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead & many more injured, whatever you may think of someone's music. I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions, & beliefs were at that show for the same reason- to have a good time. Some of them won't go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking, mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It's dehumanizing, just like the freakish & twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn't know. Everything you do & say has consequences, even if you don't believe that. Make sure you do your best to think & speak with a moral heart- maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path- you never know who you may effect positively. My thoughts & prayers are with y'all in the U.K. tonight.
My heart goes out to Ariana Grande, the victims and the victims families of tonight's attack in Manchester. Our music sanctuary was defiled again tonight. As a performer this hits at my very core. This is again an attack on my home, the very place where my soul lives and breathes. And as a performer I will continue to bring live music to all corners of the world, now not only as an act of peace, equality, love and empowerment but as an act of defiance. I defy your hate, senselessness and cowardice. How dare you enter our fucking church and bring an early end to innocent children and adults who's only desire tonight was to feel that intangible freedom that live music gifts to us all. I raise my guitar and sing my highest note for all our friends in Manchester and we carry Paris with us always as well! We fight back with love and Rock n Roll! Rock on my friends…Rock On.
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe was recently interviewed on Nikki Sixx‘s (Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M.) Sixx Sense, and during the chat he revealed that the band will be taking a break when the “VII: Sturm und Drang” touring cycle concludes. You can see what he had to say below.
Blythe said the following:
“I got out of prison and immediately went on tour, because I had five lawyers and they were just hemorrhaging money like crazy. I went from jail to home to, ten days later, being at Knotfest to home for a month or two, then out on tour with Lamb Of God, then back to the Czech Republic to go to trial, found not guilty, then come home, then finish up the rest of our tour and finally end in South Africa.
And then we took a little time off, but there were some changes in the organization and they started writing another record and we need to make money, so it was back in the studio.
And it was back on tour again for this last record, and that cycle is not gonna end until August or September of this year, I guess. So it’s just been, like, grinding, grinding, grinding. And when I’m not on the road, I’m working on writing and photography.”
“[These are] things that make me happy. But it’s at a point now where it’s, like, at the end of this tour cycle, it’s gonna be, like, boom, it’s time to take a break for real and concentrate more on writing and being at home with the family.
It’s time for me, now, at the end of this… ‘Cause we got off, after I got done with the whole prison thing and then finishing that tour, we got off the road and then we started writing a new record, and then we recorded that record. And we didn’t tell anyone that we were recording — nobody knew.
They thought we were just chilling at home, and then we go on tour before the record even comes out. We’re mixing the record on tour, and then all of a sudden, the record comes out. [People] were, like, ‘Woah! Where did the record come from?’ And it’s, like, ‘Well, we’ve been working the whole time.’ And it hasn’t stopped.”
Blythe added the following about his new book:
“My last book, the book was about personal accountability. The story, the vehicle that I used to make that point was me going to prison and going to trial and coming out. That was just the vehicle, but the theme of it was personal accountability. The theme of my next book is going to be about perspective, because I think… Today, it’s such an almost binary world; things are either A or B in people’s belief systems.
If people can change their perspective a little bit, maybe, and try and see other sides of things, maybe there wouldn’t be so much static. So the book, for me, I’m very interested in perspective. But this next book will be about surfing, travel and photography all together, and it will convey the theme of changing perspective somehow.”
“My agent and my publishing company, they’re ready to give me a contract for another book, ’cause the last one was a bestseller, and they like selling books. And they’re kind of, like, ‘Give us a proposal.’ I’m, like, I wanna do it correctly, so I know exactly what I’m doing.”
Lamb Of God and Behemoth have announced some shows around their upcoming tour with Slayer. Here’s the dates for those:
07/17 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
07/24 Montreal, QC – M Telus
07/31 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
08/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex