Gojira’s Christian Andreu has face burned by pyro at Sonic Temple festival

Gojira's Christian Andreu (Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic - Getty)

Gojira guitarist Christian Andreu had a lucky escape when the band played at the Sonic Temple festival last weekend.

Gojira were closing out their Magma track Stranded when a gust of wind blew a blast of pyro right into Andreu’s face. Video footage uploaded by Tim Human, which can be watched below, shows the incident which resulted in Andreu leaving the stage immediately. 

Thankfully, the guitarist was well enough to return to finish the set.

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was watching Gojira from the side of the stage, and later called Andreu “the hardest Frenchman alive” and posted images of the incident.

Blythe reports that Andreu had his eyes closed at the time, adding: “In between songs he walked over and asked for water and threw it on his face. Then he finished the set and medics attended to him. 

“He’s gonna be alright – except for some peeling and missing hair and eyebrows – but that was scary and it could have been really, really bad.”

Earlier this month, Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier reported that the band had started to work on new material, telling Idaho radio station KBear 101: “Work is in progress and we are very happy and super proud of it. We just can't wait to give you more details.”

Gojira will return to the UK and Europe in June and July – a run of shows which includes an appearance at Glastonbury. They’ll then hook up with Slipknot on the Knotfest Roadshow throughout the summer.

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(SWIPE LEFT FOR MORE PHOTOS) You are looking at photos of THE HARDEST FRENCHMAN ALIVE, Christian Andreu of @gojiraofficial. Yesterday at @sonictemplefestival, my brothers in Gojira took the stage & destroyed the place. I lost track of time & forgot when they were playing- when I realized they were on, I went running to the stage with my camera. I got there right as they were playing “Backbone”- their tech @notoriouswog was like “Here’s your mic!”- I took off my glasses, put down my camera, & ran out onstage wearing flip-flops (which I immediately kicked off- hard to rock in flops) & started singing. Suddenly there was a HUGE blast of flame- SCARED THE SHIT outta me, ‘cause I didn’t know they had pyro! Anyways, I got done singing, shot a few photos, then ran to my dressing room to get a different camera lens. When I got back, Woggsy said “Christian just caught a blast of flame to the face!”- the wind was REALLY bad yesterday, & it blew the pyro right into Christian’s face- THANK GOD HE HAD HIS EYES CLOSED at that second! I looked at him & he was still playing, mostly with his eyes closed, obviously hurting & looking PISSED OFF. In between songs he walked over & asked for water & threw it on his face. Then he finished the set, & medics attended to him. He’s gonna be alright (except for some peeling & missing hair & eyebrows) but that was scary & it could have been really, really bad. Christian caught a full-on #DRACARYS to the face & still did his job. That is some HARD SHIT right there. @jameyjasta, you need to put him in the #HARDHALLOFFAME!!! Respect, Christian- you are one TOUGH MOTHERFUCKER. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic D. Randall Blythe

A photo posted by @drandallblythe on May 19, 2019 at 3:59pm PDT

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