LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has reacted in horror at the news that at least 22 people were killed and more than 50 others injured after a reported explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday.
Authorities are still investigating the incident, but it is believed that the attack was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb.
Blythe took to his Instagram account to repost the news headline “Explosion, Panic And Death At Ariana Grande Concert In England”, and wrote in an accompanying message: “I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this.
“A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life.
“At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- —in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever.
“For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store and mentioned the news. This person joked, ‘Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show.’ I was too shocked to even say anything — I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people are dead and many more injured, whatever you may think of someone’s music.
“I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions and beliefs were at that show for the same reason — to have a good time. Some of them won’t go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It’s dehumanizing, just like the freakish and twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn’t know.
“Everything you do and say has consequences, even if you don’t believe that.
“Make sure you do your best to think and speak with a moral heart — maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path. You never know who you may affect positively.
“My thoughts and prayers are with y’all in the U.K. tonight.”
The crowd at the Ariana Grande concert was reportedly made up of mainly younger people.
Universal Music Group, parent company for Grande‘s record label, Republic Records, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight’s devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”