It was a close call for LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe and his friends in CHILDREN OF BODOM. The bands were on tour together when they were pulled over by border patrol agents in “Arizona or New Mexico.” What could have been a criminal charge for drug possession turned into a lucky break, thanks to Blythe‘s quick thinking.
The bands toured together a number of times and Blythe would often sleep in BODOM‘s bus as the Finnish band were more in tune with his then wild ways than his own bandmates.
When BODOM‘s bus was stopped by US Border patrol at around 8am, Blythe knew he and some of the others on board were screwed if the bus was searched for illicit substances.
Blythe tells Tales from the Metalverse: “The dog handler is starting towards the bus. He looks over at me and he goes, ‘are you from Richmond? Dude, I lived two doors down from you! I heard you were doing a band now.'”
The dog handler convinced his captain to let the bus go on its way, saving them from potential disaster.
“He takes the dogs and gets back in the car,” Randy added. “We all get back on the bus and its dead silence. All the guys in BODOM didn’t hear the conversation, so they’re like ‘how did you do that?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m magic dude, I’m magic.’
“It was a lucky close call…because I had a neighbour who wound up in the Border Patrol.”
You can watch full interview below.