Lamb Of God's inaugural Headbangers Boat cruise sadly saw the death of a 41-year old man, who went overboard and was not found. Lamb Of God has now addressed the tragedy, saying they still don't know the specifics of what happened, but praised everyone on board for coming together as a community in those trying times.
"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."
Headbangers Boat 2024 has begun to take shape featuring Death, Chimaira, Poison The Well, At The Gates, and way more! No dates have been announced yet, though we know the cruise will be aboard the Norwegian Gem (instead of the Norwegian Pearl as it was in 2023).