Video of a sign language interpreter signing the lyrics to the STEEL PANTHER song “Death to All But Metal” during the band’s performance on June 12 at UK’s To download festival can be seen below.
According Vice, sign language interpreters are becoming increasingly common when it comes to making major music festivals and concerts accessible to hearing-impaired fans. Interpreters provide a service, giving disabled ticket holders a more complete experience for their money.
Performance sign language interpretation requires a high level of preparation and creativity. At the concert, the performers don’t just interpret the lyrics; they also communicate the musicality of the song with their body.
Four years ago, LAMB OF GOD leader Randy Blythe 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-Crossthe interpretation of LAMB OF GODThe June 2018 performance in Austin, Texas was captured on video, which went viral on social media.
“I’m always extremely happy when I see sign language interpreters at our shows, and the show in Austin was no exception,” Blythe Told ABC News at the time. “A LAMB OF GOD The concert is a very visceral experience for 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’ve known for a long time that the hard of hearing can feel the vibrations of amplified sound waves from a loud PA system.”
“That day there were several interpreters taking turns – they were all working hard and doing a great job, but LindsayThe interpretation of our performance impressed me enough that I jumped off the stage and sang next to her for a while.” Blythe continued. “Lindsay and the other performers have become part of this massive exchange of energy that happens during our shows, just as important as any of us on stage.”
In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires all public accommodations to provide interpreters even if only one person requests them.
Rothschild-Cross Told CNN that venues will sometimes place performers in mosh pits or an inaccessible area. Sometimes, she says, artists will break the rules or be disrespectful. Some musicians refuse to give him setlists in advance, or ask that the performers’ spotlights be turned off.