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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe: I'm a musician, not a spokesperson

Randy Blythe
Randy Blythe (Image credit: Getty)

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe says he shouldn’t be expected to take responsibility for society as a musician in the public eye.

Though he says artists are in a way “the voice of society” – the vocalist feels he shouldn’t have to speak out on social and political issues.

When asked what responsibilities he has as a musician, he tells Full Metal Jackie: “That’s a question I ask myself often. You know, ‘what is my responsibility, if any?’

“Sometimes I think as an artist – in arts in general – you’re a reflection of society and the state of it. We are the voice of society in a way.

“You can go down the route of taking yourself way too seriously that way. Sometimes I think as an artist, it’s important to at least be an articulate commentator on the events of today.”

Blythe continues: “Then on the other side of things, coming from the underground scene, I don’t feel that I’m responsible to anyone for anything, other than just making what I want to make – my own music. Why should you expect me to be some sort of spokesperson?

“I signed up to play music, not to be on CNN. But I think that if there is a responsibility, I think it’s to do no harm. That’s just life in general, though.”

Lamb Of God will play Gwar’s annual Gwar-B-Q event in Richmond, Virginia, in August. They’ve also scheduled dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan later this year.

Lamb Of God tour dates 2016

Aug 20: Richmond Gwar, VA
Oct 26: Auckland Vector Arena, New Zealand
Oct 28: Boondall Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia
Oct 29: Sydney Olumpic Park Qudos Bank Arena, Australia
Oct 31: Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, Australia
Nov 01: Adelaide HQ Nightclub, Australia
Nov 03: Fremantle Metropolis Fremantle, Australia
Nov 06: Mihama Ward Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe co-writing movie with Billy Bob Thornton