With a few days now between us and the end of the inaugural Headbangers Boat, Lamb of God posted a heartfelt thank you video recapping the events that transpired. From killer performances to the tragic loss of life that transpired, the band didn’t shy away from the good and bad of the event in the following statement:
“Thank you to everyone who joined us on the inaugural Headbangers Boat. It was truly one of the most special celebrations of heavy metal, bringing together artists spanning decades of music.
“We want to thank every single band, host, comedian, staff member and of course fan who made the trek to Miami and on-board with us. Overall, it was truly one of the most positive and fun atmospheres we’ve been a part of.
“It was shocking that a joyous occasion could so quickly turn tragic. While we don’t know all of the specifics, we know every single person on that boat is part of our family, and we witnessed everyone onboard experience grief at the loss of one of our own. We couldn’t have been more proud of how the metal community on board rallied together to support each other and celebrate heavy metal in the only way we know how. This music community truly is just that – a community.
“Thank you to Mastodon, Testament, Hatebreed, Gwar, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Lacuna Coil, Gatecreeper, Fit For An Autopsy, Vio-lence, Malevolence, Bleed From Within, Dying Wish, Jesse Leach, Jose Mangin, Riki Rachtman, Frank Castillo, Steve Furey and everyone else involved in making this inaugural event what it was.”
By all accounts, it seems like the cruise was a rousing success, with some people who were actually there saying it was among the most chill and mature metal cruises to hit the high seas. Which makes the fact that the initial lineup announced for next year’s cruise is super exciting.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe initially announced the following slate of bands from the stage on the band’s second performance, but official word came out recently that showcases a badass group of acts for next year’s cruise. Naturally, Lamb of God will be back, but check out this list of absolute fucking bangers:
- Lamb of God
- Poison The Well
- At The Gates
- Napalm Death
- Corrosion Of Conformity
- After The Burial
- Bleeding Through
- Frozen Soul
Headbangers Boat 2024 will take place from October 28 to November 1, 2024 on the Norwegian Gem. It will go from Miami to Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic.
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