Randy Blythe of Lamb of God was recently on 90. 3 WMSC’s The Metal Teddy Bear Experience and was asked about who would take the torch and become the next “legacy band” after Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc. call it quits. The frontman replied with uncertainty but believes Metallica isn’t going anywhere and are “kind of eternal.”
“I have no idea. I don’t know if Metallica is going anywhere. I think you’re starting with a faulty supposition. I don’t know if Iron Maiden is going anywhere. And we aren’t going anywhere; I mean, we have another good while in us. I really don’t think Metallica is going anywhere, bro. I think they’re kind of eternal; it’s what they do. And eventually we’ll all stop, yes — eventually. When I can no longer do what I need to do live, which is physically exhausting. Nobody wants to see me stand up there like a lounge singer — I’m not that pretty — so I’ve gotta be a maniac.
“I don’t know who would be the next legacy bands,” he continued. “I mean, I love Gojira— they just get better, better and better. But they’re not that much younger than us, I don’t think. They’ve been doing it a good long while. So I have no idea — I have zero clue. I will say I don’t think there’s ever gonna be any more Metallicas or Maidens, because it was a different time, and there was a whole lot less music then. And these were kind of like progenitors of the type of music we play, and there weren’t that many of them, so a few bands really stood out. Now there’s a bazillion freaking bands.”
Randy also mentioned how it’s harder for younger bands to break into the scene due to the overabundance of bands.
“I think the music scene is really big, which is good, but it’s also problematic particularly for younger bands trying to make it, ’cause you have to work twice as hard in just an ocean of music… It didn’t use to be that way, I can tell you that much.”
Also in the interview, Randy shares a fun tidbit about how he doesn’t sing in the shower but he’ll sing in the grocery store about buying eggs.
Check out the full interview below and pre-order Lamb of God’s new album here.