Randy Blythe’s (Lamb Of God) Grammy Medallion Continues “Gathering Up Some Good Karma”

Back in 2007, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe auctioned off his Grammy nomination medallion for “Redneck” to help raise money for Myotonic Dystrophy research. The singer did the good deed after his friend Todd Stone’s children were diagnosed with the disease. It was then purchased by Dan Gerawan, who was generous enough to gift it to Stone’s kids. Stone then put the item back on eBay in an effort to raise money for Blythe’s sister-in-law, who is currently battling cancer. It was recently won by Dan Rubino, who, like the first winner, has told Stone to keep it. Now, Blythe and Stone are going to work on finding another good cause they can auction it off for next year.

Blythe said the following:

“Going once, going twice… SOLD!!!!! My Grammy nomination medallion & certificate for the song “Redneck” went for $3,050!!!!! Man, that was exciting! I even did an attempt at the live-auctioneering voice thing (you can watch it in my live stories.) Now, here’s the UNBELIEVABLY COOL part of this whole thing: the first time I auctioned off this medallion 11 years ago it was to benefit Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy research after my friend @toddbstone’s sons were diagnosed with the disease.

The winner of the first auction, one Mister Dan Gerawan of the great state of California, gave the medallion to Todd’s kids & said “Keep it!” Years later, Todd heard about my sister-in-law Bianca’s GoFundMe for her breast cancer treatment, & decided to pay it foreword & re-auction the medallion to help with her medical bills. Today, one Mister Dan Rubino of the great state of Georgia won the second auction for the medallion.

After the auction, Todd called him & Dan said “Don’t bother shipping it to me- y’all keep it & do what you want with it.” FREAKING AMAZING! So Todd & I talked & next year we will figure out a different good cause that we can auction this thing off for, a charity of some sort or a life-saving medical research foundation or something that will help others! Holy cow, this Grammy medallion is gathering up some good karma. So thank you to Todd & BOTH Dans for being downright AWESOME people.

We’ve sold this thing TWICE already, & although both of the guys who bought it were big lamb of god fans, they didn’t keep it- they just wanted to help out someone else- there are still plenty of decent people out there that help renew my faith in human nature. I salute y’all!”

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Going once, going twice… SOLD!!!!! My Grammy nomination medallion & certificate for the song “Redneck” went for $3,050!!!!! Man, that was exciting! I even did an attempt at the live-auctioneering voice thing (you can watch it in my live stories.) Now, here’s the UNBELIEVABLY COOL part of this whole thing: the first time I auctioned off this medallion 11 years ago it was to benefit Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy research after my friend @toddbstone’s sons were diagnosed with the disease. The winner of the first auction, one Mister Dan Gerawan of the great state of California, gave the medallion to Todd’s kids & said “Keep it!” Years later, Todd heard about my sister-in-law Bianca’s GoFundMe for her breast cancer treatment, & decided to pay it foreword & re-auction the medallion to help with her medical bills. Today, one Mister Dan Rubino of the great state of Georgia won the second auction for the medallion. After the auction, Todd called him & Dan said “Don’t bother shipping it to me- y’all keep it & do what you want with it.” FREAKING AMAZING! So Todd & I talked & next year we will figure out a different good cause that we can auction this thing off for, a charity of some sort or a life-saving medical research foundation or something that will help others! Holy cow, this Grammy medallion is gathering up some good karma. So thank you to Todd & BOTH Dans for being downright AWESOME people. We’ve sold this thing TWICE already, & although both of the guys who bought it were big lamb of god fans, they didn’t keep it- they just wanted to help out someone else- there are still plenty of decent people out there that help renew my faith in human nature. I salute y’all!

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Randy Blythe’s (Lamb Of God) Grammy Medallion Is Being Auctioned Off Again

Back in 2007, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe auctioned off his Grammy medallion for “Redneck” to help raise money for Myotonic Dystrophy research. The singer did the good deed after his friend Todd Stone’s children were diagnosed with the disease. It was then purchased by D. Gerawan, who was generous enough to gift it to Stone’s kids. Now, Stone has put the item back on eBay in an effort to raise money for Blythe’s sister-in-law, who is currently battling cancer.

Blythe said the following:

“Years ago, I auctioned off my first Grammy medallion (the one for “Redneck”) to benefit Myontonic Muscular Dystrophy research, a disease my friend @toddbstone’s two sons had been diagnosed with. 11 years later, Todd is auctioning it back off to benefit my sister-in-law Bianca’s GoFundMe to help pay for her breast cancer treatment. – what an amazing dude you are, Todd!”

Stone also commented:

“Bid on this Lamb Of God memorabilia and do some good! This original Grammy Nomination Medallion was the first awarded to Lamb Of God’s lead vocalist, Randy Blythe, for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006 in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” Crafted by Tiffany & Co., this beautiful bronze medallion has great karma.

In 2007, Randy auctioned this Grammy medallion to raise money for Myotonic Dystrophy research, with which my children had recently been diagnosed. In the final seconds of the Ebay auction, “D. Gerawan; Fresno, California” swept in with double the prior bid to win the item. Despite being a Lamb of God fan, Mr. Gerawan gave the item back to my kids.

I told Randy what Gerawan had done and he called Mr. Gerawan to express his gratitude. Months later when Lamb of God was on tour in California, Randy contacted Gerawan again and invited him to be his guest at their show and to meet the other band members on the tour bus. This original medallion has since been professionally framed & matted.

Now I’m auctioning it to raise money for Randy’s “sister” (his brother’s wife) who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The proceeds will go to help Randy’s sister with the enormous medical expenses her family faces via her GoFundMe page.”

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Years ago, I auctioned off my first Grammy medallion (the one for “Redneck”) to benefit Myontonic Muscular Dystrophy research, a disease my friend @toddbstone’s two sons had been diagnosed with. 11 years later, Todd is auctioning it back off to benefit my sister-in-law Bianca’s GoFundMe to help pay for her breast cancer treatment. – what an amazing dude you are, Todd! Link to bid is IN MY BIO- Randy. “Bid on this Lamb of God memorabilia and do some good! This original Grammy Nomination Medallion was the first awarded to Lamb of God’s lead vocalist, Randy Blythe, for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006 in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” Crafted by Tiffany & Co., this beautiful bronze medallion has great karma. In 2007, Randy auctioned this Grammy medallion to raise money for Myotonic Dystrophy research, with which my children had recently been diagnosed.  In the final seconds of the Ebay auction, “D. Gerawan; Fresno, California” swept in with double the prior bid to win the item.  Despite being a Lamb of God fan, Mr.  Gerawan gave the item back to my kids. I told Randy what Gerawan had done and he called Mr. Gerawan to express his gratitude. Months later when Lamb of God was on tour in California, Randy contacted Gerawan again and invited him to be his guest at their show and to meet the other band members on the tour bus. This original medallion has since been professionally framed & matted.  Now I’m auctioning it to raise money for Randy’s “sister” (his brother’s wife) who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The proceeds will go to help Randy’s sister with the enormous medical expenses her family faces via her GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/bi-strong).”- @toddbstone

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Chris Adler Explains His Absence From Lamb Of God’s Summer Tour

Chris Adler has offered an explanation for his absence from Lamb Of God‘s summer tour with Slayer, Anthrax, Testament and Napalm Death. As it turns out, he was unable to make the trek due to complications related to injuries he suffered during a motorcycle accident last year. He said the following about that:

“Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of well wishes in response to my current absence from the Lamb Of God shows. I’m humbled to know how many and how much you care. I had a motorcycle accident late last year that shattered my collarbone and right shoulder and also chipped bones in my hip. While surgery corrected the broken bones and I was able to play earlier this year, I experienced some issues related to the injuries that needed to be addressed with a rigorous schedule of physical and occupational therapy which, is what I have been doing regularly since July. I am making great progress in addition to playing/practicing every day. Playing drums is what I do and refuse to do it poorly. I will be back behind the kit ASAP. Thanks again for the love! See you soon, Chris“

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Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of well wishes in response to my current absence from the Lamb of God shows. I’m humbled to know how many and how much you care. I had a motorcycle accident late last year that shattered my collarbone and right shoulder and also chipped bones in my hip. While surgery corrected the broken bones and I was able to play earlier this year, I experienced some issues related to the injuries that needed to be addressed with a rigorous schedule of physical and occupational therapy which, is what I have been doing regularly since July. I am making great progress in addition to playing/practicing every day. Playing drums is what I do and refuse to do it poorly. I will be back behind the kit ASAP. Thanks again for the love! See you soon, Chris

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Concert Review: Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, & Napalm Death In San Jose, CA

On August 26, I attended the final date of the second leg of Slayer’s farewell tour at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA and it was an insane show.

Grindcore legends Napalm Death kicked off the night with a sick set. The group played about 12 tracks, a third of which were off their album “Scum,” including their one second hit “You Suffer.” The highlight of the group’s set was their cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Nazi Punks Fuck Off,” which was preceded by a cool speech from frontman Barney Greenway who called for “equality for all human beings without exception.”

After Napalm Death, it was time for the Bay Area’s own Testament. The band burst onto the stage with the title track to their latest album “Brotherhood Of The Snake” before transitioning into “Rise Up” off “Dark Roots Of Earth.” After that, they pretty much stuck to the classics, much to the crowd’s approval. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson’s guitar work was amazing as always and Chuck Billy’s voice sounded more powerful than ever. The highlights from their set included: “”Into The Pit,” “Over The Wall,” and “Practice What You Preach.”

After a short intermission, Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” could be heard blasting throughout the arena and as soon as the music faded, Anthrax took the stage and started rocking the intro to Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell,” before launching into “Caught In A Mosh.” The band were one of the most energetic acts of the night and they had the crowd going crazy. Joey Belladonna’s vocals were on point the whole set and the musicianship between Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Jonathan Donais was impeccable. Their performance mainly consisted of their hits with “Evil Twin” off their latest album “For All Kings” mixed in. Highlights from their set included: “Madhouse,” their hit cover of “Antisocial,” and their closer “Indians,” which was completed by the “Cowboys From Hell” outro.

After Anthrax, it was time for Lamb Of God to tear things up. The group’s set began with “Omerta” before they broke into “Ruin.” Frontman Randy Blythe put on a great performance with high jumps and harsh vocals. It’s also worth noting that guest drummer Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong) did a tremendous job filling in for Chris Adler, who was unable to make the tour. As usual, John Campbell, Willie Adler, and Mark Morton, were on top of their game as well. Highlights from the band’s set included: “512,” “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For,” “Laid To Rest” and the closing track “Redneck.”

After Lamb Of God, it was time for the headliners of the evening, the almighty Slayer. The band’s set began with crosses projected on the curtain, and they soon turned upside down before turning to pentagrams and eventually to Slayer’s logo. Then the band just exploded onto the stage with a shredding performance of the title track to their latest album “Repentless.” It was a bittersweet moment, because as awesome as it was, everyone knew this may be the last time they will get to see the group, since they are out on their final world tour. However, the good thing was the fact that things were just beginning at that moment. After the band finished the track, they started ripping their way through classics such as “Blood Red,” “Disciple,” and “Mandatory Suicide.” Kerry King cranked out riffs like a machine, as Gary Holt (Exodus) complemented him with intense solos. That guitar work combined with Tom Araya’s banshee like screams and Paul Bostaph’s thunderous drum work created a solid unit that would be hard to outmatch. The stage production was incredible as well, especially all the fire. The band really wanted to put on a show and they definitely succeeded. It’s hard to choose a highlight, but watching them play the last three songs,”Raining Blood,” “Chemical Warfare,” and “Angel Of Death,” was so epic it’s hard to put into words. When all was said and done, Araya returned to the stage to thank everyone for the years of support, and with that it was time to say goodbye to the legendary band. Their final tour will extend throughout 2019, so if you have a chance to catch them, it will be worth your while.

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#SLAYER!!!! @slayerbandofficial

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One more of #LambOfGod! 🤘 @lambofgod

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Another one of #Anthrax! 🤘 @anthrax

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#Anthrax were awesome!!! 🤘@anthrax

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One more of #Testament! 🤘 @testamentofficial

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#NapalmDeath were sick! @theofficialnapalmdeath

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Lamb Of God Premiere New Animated Video For Their Cover Of Ministry’s “Jesus Built My Hotrod”

Lamb Of God have premiered an animated video for their cover of Ministry’s “Jesus Built My Hotrod.” This track appears on their Burn The Priest covers album “Legion: XX,“ which was released earlier this year. Mark Morton commented:

“This was a benchmark song from the early 90s. We didn’t even originally plan on doing it – producer Josh Wilbur and I learned it real quickly and put it together. It turned out to be one of our favorite songs of the album. It features a side of Randy that people aren’t used to hearing. Nothing was planned, so it felt fun, and we just went for it.”

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Asks Fans To Help His Sister-In-Law Battle Cancer

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s sister-in-law Bianca is currently battling Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer and you can help her out by donating via GoFundMe. Blythe shared the following Instagram post regarding the situation:

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This is my kid brother Scott’s wife, Bianca– she’s the only sister I’ve ever had, & I love her so very dearly. Bianca is undergoing chemo right now before she has a double masectomy– after that, she has to undergo radiation treatment- she has Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer, & it’s brutal. Her spirit is strong, & she’s fighting hard, but my brother still has to go to work, she still goes to work when she is well enough, & they still have my 7 year old nephew to look after- it’s exhausting for all involved, especially Bianca. Over the years I’ve donated to & used my platform to raise money/awareness for various disease related charities– the #LeukemiaandLymphomaSociety, the #StoneCircleofFriends (Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy), the #PinkInkFund (a masectomy tattooing fund), I did a 60 mile walk in 3 days wearing pink corpse paint & a kilt (yes, THAT kilt, from Killadelphia) while pushing an injured friend in a wheelchair to raise money for breast cancer research- all ya have to do is google my name + these diseases & a story will pop up. I’ve posted here about & donated my money to various fundraisers for musicians with medical bills (just scroll back.) I’m not saying this because I’m the greatest dude on earth (because I’m absolutely NOT) but I definitely have tried to use my position as a musician/photographer/writer to help others, whether it’s friends, fans, fellow musicians, or strangers. Up until now, it’s always been people outside my family– sadly, that is no longer the case. It sucks, but I can only try to help out my sister-in-law using any means at my disposal. To that end, Bianca’s friends set up a GoFundMe because this cancer bullshit is EXPENSIVE, so if you can, kick down a few bucks (of course, my wife & I already have)- LINK IS IN MY BIO, or you can go to: www.gofundme.com/bi-strong. If you can’t, send her some positive vibes- she’s the best & my family needs her to stick around for a long time. I freaking hate this cancer crap! And ladies, please check your breasts & get them checked by the lady doctor regularly- it’s a matter of life & death. Thank you for reading this, I truly appreciate it. I love you, Bianca! #fuckcancer #PMA

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He has since followed up with another post thanking fans for their support:

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“Humbled” I had my friend @d_villain take this photo of me at the ATL gig yesterday- I bow my head to all of you who responded with donations/well wishes to my last post about a fundraiser for my sister-in-law Bianca, who is currently fighting Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Some of you I know well- you are friends from the music scene, bands, road crew, photography world, literature world, my sober people posse, the surfing & skateboarding world. Most of you I do not know- you are fans of my band, photography, writing, or just people who happened upon my post randomly. Regardless of who you are, I bow my head to you each of you in gratitude & in respect. My brother & his wife are so grateful & are writing something I will post later– right now they are pretty overwhelmed by the response. So am I, but there is a difference- they are bit shocked at the # of complete strangers willing to help them. However, they haven’t spent the last 20 years touring the world making music, shooting photos, writing, surfing/skating, & just seeing our planet– I have. During that time, I’ve met literally thousands & thousands of folks– the vast majority of them have been awesome, so no… I am not surprised. There is still COMMUNITY. You are MY PEOPLE, & my people are good people who have ALREADY helped me help others before this. So am I overwhelmed with gratitude & emotional about this? YES. But am I surprised? Absolutely NOT. And on the topic of generosity– maybe you are someone who can’t afford to give any money- guess what? That’s ok. Don’t feel bad- just help someone else down the line when you can. Or do something to help someone that doesn’t require money- you can do that at anytime. Generosity does not always equal money. Everyone has a talent/skill/resource they can use to make someone else’s life easier- sometimes it’s just listening to someone in a rough spot who needs a sympathetic ear. Never think that you don’t have something to offer others & your community– YOU DO. Once again, I thank you so much- if could, I would bear hug you all until you were gasping for air. Each and everyone of you have BIG HEARTS- that counts more than anything. #fuckcancer #pma

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