Tim Lambesis, lead singer of Grammy-nominated Christian metal group As I Lay Dying, was arrested Tuesday in Oceanside, CA. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said that they picked up Lambesis without incident in an unnamed retail store as a result of a sting operation. He was booked into the Vista jail.
Caldwell said that the police received a tip late last week that Lambesis was shopping for someone to kill his wife, Meggan, who filed for divorce from the heavy metal vocalist in September.
“We acted quickly…I believe we averted a great tragedy,” Caldwell said.
An undercover detective approached Tim Lambesis in a classic sting operation where he apparently posed as a potential killer-for-hire. The authorities haven’t given many details, since it’s an ongoing investigation. Thus far, Lambesis and his reps haven’t spoken out either.
In the past, the 32-year-old As I Lay Dying frontman has said that the harsh thrash metal sound and lyrics include Christian themes of redemption.
But Tim Lambesis is not always a grimly serious soul seeking salvation from this wicked world or his runaway wife. He also has a funny side.
Check out his Arnold Scwarzenegger parody project called Austrian Death Machine. One of its more popular music videos has a title which nods to Terminator 2 — “I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, and Your Motorcycle.”
Apparently when he asked himself WWJD, his inner voice told him to start an act called Austrian Death Machine.
C’mon. Just the name is funny.
He recently returned from a tour with As I Lay Dying throughout Asia, where he said that he got sweaty performing despite unexpected snow in Indonesia.
I kinda hope it’s all some kind of huge misunderstanding. Apparently, we’d be losing a real comedic hoot if Tim Lambesis goes to prison.