ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A bar in Asheville temporarily shut down after a North Carolina heavy metal band sprayed pig’s blood onstage at a show, splashing fans.
WLOS-TV reported that Lexington Avenue Brewery shut down for a few days to clean up the mess left by Charlotte-based band “Young And In The Way.”
Buncombe health officials have confirmed it was pig’s blood. County experts said, while disturbing, they don’t believe the pig’s blood poses a health threat to fans that were splashed with it.
The band performed at the venue Sunday for Empire Tattoo’s anniversary celebration. Photos shared on Instagram paint a gruesome picture of the scene, with a pool of blood in the back room.
Brewery co-owner Mike Healy said almost four dozen employees are out of work for several days while the cleanup continues.
Photos also show proud fans spattered with it. Authorities said the blood was confined to the back room and away from the kitchen.
“After a private music event in our back room, we voluntarily closed and contacted the Buncombe County Health department to advise us the best cleanup procedure for our back room,” said Benjy Greene, the bar’s general manager.
Before the performance, Empire Tattoo posted video of the group’s song “Be My Blood,” anticipating a show that would “melt your face.”
The bar has a David Bowie tribute band planned for this weekend, so they’re working to have the mess cleaned up quickly.