Groove Metal pioneer and lead singer for Lamb Of God, Randy Blythe, brought a motley crew of kazoo wielding warriors in full regalia to a dubious crowd of Westboro Baptists in RVA yesterday morning. Attendees from the church of hate were underwhelmed, citing concerns about Blythe's new direction.
"I mean, I'm just sayin. 'Burn the Priest' was the best thing Randy has ever done," remarked one Westboro Baptist concertgoer. 'Resolution' was a return to form, but everything else has been kind of downhill from that first record. And this? I don't even know what this is supposed to be. Everyone knows that Dave Mustaine is the greatest kazoo player to ever hold the instrument, and let's face it. Blythe is no Mustaine."
"Also. I'm pretty sure he's going to hell. Everyone's going to hell, though. Except for us, that is." When pressed for further comment, he begrudgingly added, "Well.. 'New American Gospel' didn't completely suck.. I guess."
The WBC folks were in town nominally to protest Danica Roem, the first state legislator to be elected and serve while openly transgender in the US. Roem has deep roots in the River City's metal scene, having spent some time on a stint fronting the melodic death metal band -- Cab Ride Home. A Facebook post from Roem detailed her thoughts concerning the attending Westboroans with a single word:
Blythe's new band played with panache, loudly drowning out whatever nonsense Roem's detractors had to contribute. When asked about future concert dates for addled purveyors of bigotry and prejudice, he merely nodded silently before being carried away on a flight of rainbow-winged cherubs wearing leather motorcycle jackets.
Elvis was said to have made an appearance, winning best costume.
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