Lamb Of God’s exonerated and venerated frontman Randy Blythe is also off the sauce…something I have known for a while, but could not reveal because, well, it wasn’t my news to divulge.
Blythe, who is an avid Instagram user but generally loathes social media, sat down for an interview to talk about his love/hate relationship with social media and being sober.
“About two-and-a-half years ago, I decided after a rough couple-year-long Twitter bender, that I had enough of this stuff, and I decided to unplug from social media,” says Blythe.
“This Twitter thing, I started interacting with people, and I had 40 to 50,000 people following me. When you have that much humanity directed at one person — the hive mind — people become upset when you don’t talk to them or, if they say rude things to you, because I’m a public person, people seem to think that through the anonymity of the Internet they can say whatever they want.”
Randy says he “was becoming aggravated with these people, and I had this idea that I was going to unplug completely from the Internet and all mobile communication devices for exactly one year. I remember a time before — you can exist without this technology. To that end, I was gonna write a book about it. I was telling my friend Jamey Jasta about it, and he was like, ‘OK, this is how we’re gonna do the movie,’ we just immediately forgot about the book and started planning the movie.
“So I talked to some friends of mine in the film-making business and I said, ‘Look, whats an affordable digital camera that I can get to film this stuff with? They recommended a Cannon EOS 60D…I bought that and started filming interviews with people. Then one day I was in my kitchen and I said ‘Lemme use this thing for what its actually meant to be used for.’
“I was looking at my French press and I saw my reflection in it and it was all bent,” says Randy. “I put the camera on automatic with the kit lens, and I took a picture. From that second on it was over. I was like, that is so cool looking, I immediately started shooting tons of pictures.”
Tours, he says, were a blur, and he’d return home and sober up.
“Sobriety has enabled me to do things,” Blythe says, adding that photographer has basically replaced booze in his life.
Read the whole interview here.
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