On Saturday, Lamb of God performed in Bangalore, India, and I must say, I am jealous. I have not travelled in quite some time. One of the last places I went to was India, and I was so uncomfortable…it was awesome.
The Lamb of God boys held a press conference in Bangalore the day before, and one of the media folks over there asked Randy Blythe why he quit Twitter recently.
“Because it’s full of idiots. Social networking can be used for good things. And I used my Twitter account for several good things — I raised money for cancer research on it; I live-tweeted advice during a hurricane in New York City,” Blythe states.
“So I used that, and at first it was fun to communicate with the fans,” he continues. “Like, I would answer questions from the fans. I think something like 35,000 people were reading the dumb stuff I was putting up there. And some of it was just fun. It got too big. I couldn’t communicate anymore. And everything I said got misunderstood. And I’m a pretty brutally honest person on there, because I think people have two different personas online; I think they have the person that they are in their day-to-day life, and then they’ll be online and they’ll be someone else — rude, entitled.”
Nah. I’m pretty much a dickhead all the time, dude.
“They say things to you online that they would never say to your face,” Blythe says. “I’ll say exactly the same thing online that I’ll say to your face. People don’t like that. They don’t like being told, ‘You’re being an asshole.’ So I’ll still do that, you know what I mean?! And it bummed a lot of people out. And I just got tired of arguing with all these people.
“Someone was asking about meeting the fans earlier… My whole deal with music is this: I don’t see the difference between us and the fans so much. I still at times am confused as to how many people… I’m like, ‘I can’t believe all these people are here to see my dumb ass jumping around on stage.’ So I don’t like the separation, mentally, between the fans and the band a lot of the time. Because people expect you to be something that you’re not. And you see that, conversely, in a lot of musicians who get really big heads. They’re like, ‘Oh, I’m something special because I’m up here playing in a band.’ It’s like, ‘Dude, you aren’t a doctor, you aren’t a scientist, you aren’t curing cancer. You’re in a fucking heavy metal band. That’s it. Get over yourself.’
“The thing with Twitter that I thought was neat was that I could communicate one-on-one with people and kind of remove some of that barrier. Like, I’m just a person, too. And then people got rude. And I got bored. So I erased it. Plus, I wasted far too much time on that.”
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