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Lamb Of God Exit European Tour Amid Safety Concerns Following Paris Terrorist Attacks


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Lamb Of God‘s have decided to exit their European tour Children Of Bodom and Sylosis. The trek began in Stuttgart, GER this past Tuesday, November 17th, and was scheduled to take place in Tilburg, NET last night, November 18th. That stop was cancelled amid safety concerns in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Those attacks saw armed gunmen storm the Eagles Of Death Metal‘s set at the Le Bataclan venue, killing over 80 attendees and holding more hostage before police forcibly intervened.

While Lamb Of God have now decided to exit the tour, Children Of Bodom intend to soldier on with the run alongside Sylosis. Children Of Bodom commented:

Lamb of God has chosen to leave the European tour due to security concerns in Europe. Our team has been working very hard to make all of the remaining shows happen. WE WANT TO, AND HAVE DECIDED TO, CONTINUE ON THE ROAD AND PLAY THE REST OF THE TOUR. Here is what we know so far.

Unfortunately the promoter has decided to move forward and cancel tonight’s show in Oberhausen, Germany, and the additional shows in Germany.

At this time, the remaining schedule will move forward as this (we ARE looking to add more shows FYI). We WILL keep you updated as we have changes, and we are doing our best to keep you informed as quickly as possible on everything:

22 Nov – Pratteln- Z7 Konzertfabrik
23 Nov – Lausanne- Les Docks
24 Nov – Milan- Alcatraz
25 – 28 Nov- TBD – PLEASE STAY TUNED
29 Nov Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
01 Dec – Copenhagen- Amager Bio
03 Dec – Helsinki- Old Ice Hall
05 Dec Stockholm – Klubben
06 Dec Oslo – Rockefeller Music Hall
09 Dec- Tampere- Tähtiareena
10 Dec- Seinajoki- Rytmikorjaamo
11 Dec- Jyvaskyla- PAVILJONKI
12 Dec- Oulu- SuperPark Areena”

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe shared his thoughts on the Paris terrorist attacks five days ago via his Instagram, offering:

“To say that I am saddened/disgusted/angered/shocked/horrified by what happened inside this club & elsewhere in Paris tonight doesn’t cut it- I don’t even know how to say what I feel. This hits really close to home for many of my close friends. I’ve played Bataclan on more than one occasion, as recently as 2013. We just did a bunch of the same Euro festivals as EODM this last summer. Now there are over 100 people dead inside that club who just wanted to see a rock show. We are in the UK on tour right now, & we were supposed to take the ferry to France w/all our gear in a few days to continue on through mainland Europe- the French border is closed, so that obviously won’t be happening- we’ll be figuring out logistics so we can continue on.

My heart hurts for everyone affected by this- it just aches & aches & aches. I don’t understand the level of hatred it takes to do something like this- I just don’t. And while I am certainly glad that the men who attacked everyone in that club are dead, & am hopeful that all involved in the Paris attacks will found, questioned, (and, quite frankly, put down like the rabid dogs that they are), I refuse to let these bestial men MAKE ME give them hatred in return. I will not sink to their level- they are not worth it- this is my life, this is what I choose to do, & I will be the one to decide what I allow to let live within my heart- ME, not some misguided cowards with automatic weapons.

Blind hate is what brought this about in the first place- I choose not let that live in me, because then these animals have taken away my control over my own life. My prayers are indeed with Paris, and with all the people at Bataclan tonight- band, crew, club employees, & concert goers. This is just beyond sad. I also pray for justice to be served, & that it is swift & merciless, because these thugs deserve no mercy.

But somehow, SOMEHOW, there has to be a way to make this sort of thing stop, to stop the hatred at the root- otherwise it will just continue, & everyone loses. I don’t know what the way to stop this ignorance is, but I won’t feed it with my own hate. The human race has to do better than this- something’s gotta change, y’all.”

To say that I am saddened/disgusted/angered/shocked/horrified by what happened inside this club & elsewhere in Paris tonight doesn't cut it- I don't even know how to say what I feel. This hits really close to home for many of my close friends. I've played Bataclan on more than one occasion, as recently as 2013. We just did a bunch of the same Euro festivals as EODM this last summer. Now there are over 100 people dead inside that club who just wanted to see a rock show. We are in the UK on tour right now, & we were supposed to take the ferry to France w/all our gear in a few days to continue on through mainland Europe- the French border is closed, so that obviously won't be happening- we'll be figuring out logistics so we can continue on. My heart hurts for everyone affected by this- it just aches & aches & aches. I don't understand the level of hatred it takes to do something like this- I just don't. And while I am certainly glad that the men who attacked everyone in that club are dead, & am hopeful that all involved in the Paris attacks will found, questioned, (and, quite frankly, put down like the rabid dogs that they are), I refuse to let these bestial men MAKE ME give them hatred in return. I will not sink to their level- they are not worth it- this is my life, this is what I choose to do, & I will be the one to decide what I allow to let live within my heart- ME, not some misguided cowards with automatic weapons. Blind hate is what brought this about in the first place- I choose not let that live in me, because then these animals have taken away my control over my own life. My prayers are indeed with Paris, and with all the people at Bataclan tonight- band, crew, club employees, & concert goers. This is just beyond sad. I also pray for justice to be served, & that it is swift & merciless, because these thugs deserve no mercy. But somehow, SOMEHOW, there has to be a way to make this sort of thing stop, to stop the hatred at the root- otherwise it will just continue, & everyone loses. I don't know what the way to stop this ignorance is, but I won't feed it with my own hate. The human race has to do better than this- something's gotta change, y'all.

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