LAMB OF GOD Frontman Praises Sign Language Interpreter Who Rocked Social Media In Viral Video
July 21, 2018
LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has praised the sign language interpreter who stole the show at the band's concert by passionately signing the music and lyrics for deaf fans.
Lindsay Rothschild-Cross's interpretation of LAMB OF GOD's June 20 performance in Austin, Texas was captured on video, which went viral on social media. The clip showed the high school teacher interpreting the band's song "Ruin", which includes such lyrics as "I will show you all that I have mastered / Fear. / Pain. / Hatred. / Power. / This is the art of ruin."
"I am always extremely pleased when I see sign language interpreters at our shows, and the show in Austin was no exception," Blythe told ABC News in a statement. "A LAMB OF GOD concert is a highly visceral experience for both the performers and our fans — we all feel the music together in an emotional and physical way, creating a symbiotic exchange of energy that can and does have profound effects. Deaf fans are no different, and I have long been aware that hearing impaired folks can feel the vibrations of amplified sound waves from a loud P.A. system."
"That day, there were several interpreters taking turns — they were all working hard and doing a great job, but Lindsay's interpretation of our performance stood out to me enough that I hopped down off the stage and sang beside her for a bit," Blythe continued. "Lindsay and the other interpreters became a part of that massive exchange of energy that occurs at our shows, just as important as any of us performing on stage. I hope to see her at a show in the future!"
Rothschild-Cross teaches American Sign Language at Lumberton High School and works for a group called Amber G Productions that provides ASL interpreters for concerts and other musical events.
The 29-year-old, who has been interpreting at concerts for about four years, told "Good Morning America" that although she "grew up with GUNS N' ROSES, and ALICE IN CHAINS and IRON MAIDEN," she had "never actually interpreted for death metal" before the LAMB OF GOD show.
"At first, I was honestly very nervous because I had never interpreted metal," Rothschild-Cross said. "The key is you have to impersonate the singer. The meaning of the song is a lot of anger. I just took on that feeling of someone that has hurt me before."
The night Lindsay's boss called and told her that the video was "viral" on Facebook, she didn't sleep.
"It was my worst nightmare," Rothschild-Cross told KGW. "I was like, 'No! Not me! No!,'" she said with a laugh.
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