Randy Blythe Doesn’t Get Stage Fright: “This Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road”


Years and years of success have paid off for Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, who says that he no longer feels nervous or has a sense of stage fright before or during performances. In conversation with Slipknot‘s Clown on his internet show The Electric Theater with Clown, Blythe told Clown that it’s been years since he’s been scared to perform.

“I can remember the last time… And I wasn’t really scared; I was just taken aback. The first was the first time we played the main stage at Download, which was I don’t even know how many years ago. And I remember being in the car. And they took me around the racetrack to the stage and I came around and then I just saw that massive crowd. And I was, like, ‘Woah.’ And the driver was, like, ‘Are you all right?’ And I was, like, ‘Yeah, man. That’s a lot of people.’ And he was, like, ‘Yeah. Yeah, it is.’ And then I was cool. And it had been years before that that I had been even slightly nervous about going on stage.

“I don’t get nervous about going on stage at all. But you’re talking about that fear, that driving fear… I think that’s really insightful. And it takes me back to why we started doing this in the first place — being willing to get on stage and take this thing that we’ve created and present it to other people. And there is that sort of — I don’t know — almost adrenaline junkie aspect to it. Particularly in the beginning, when you’re just starting, you’re, like, ‘Okay, here we go. This is some shit we’ve worked on. And now it’s time to put it out there. This is where the rubber meets the road.’ And it’s exhilarating when you do it — utterly exhilarating. And I think that aspect of fear, beyond my love for just creating art in general, I think that’s super insightful. And I think that is one reason why I enjoy doing other things, because there is that aspect.”

Just another day where Randy Blythe reminds us that he’s one of the coolest people in metal.

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