Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe has endured a rough few days on the band’s recent tour through Europe. As ovalpike.com reported earlier this week, the 41-year-old singer was detained and later arrested in Prague on charges of manslaughter.
The June 27, 2012 arrest stems from a May 24, 2010 concert where a 19-year-old man named Daniel N. repeatedly jumped onto the stage while Blythe and Lamb of God were performing. On his third attempt it is alleged that the young man ran toward Blythe who supposedly pushed him away and back into the crowd. Details are still under investigation, however the reported claim is that the young man hit his head on the ground when he landed and died of injuries related to his fall two weeks later.
Blythe was released from jail today on bail after appearing in court at 10 AM local time this morning according to local Czech news site Blesk.cz. Blythe called the sum, four-million Czech Koruna , which is the approximate equivalent of $200,000 U.S. dollars, about what he makes annually.
Bandmate, Mark Morton Tweeted after Blythe’s release: “Today just turned into a FANTASTIC day!!!”
Disturbed frontman David Draiman also took to Twitter today in defense of Blythe:
“[Randy] didnt ‘slaughter’ anyone. The kid jumped on stage and started a brawl, and Randy defended himself. That his life was lost in the process is truly unfortunate, but Randy is my friend and he’s no murderer. I feel for the child and for the family and for Randy, but you have to understand that ever since Dimebag Darrell [late Pantera, Damageplan guitarist] was assaulted, shot, and murdered on stage by a ‘fan,’ all of us have been very defensive/cautious of anyone jumping up on stage. I’m not saying that it’s OK, or justified, or anything like that, only that it’s an unfortunate/tragic set of circumstances, and that I know Randy’s intention was not to kill the kid. That’s my opinion. I’ve heard yours. That is all.”
In a June 29 interview, Exodus bassist Jack Gibson talked to Peek from the Pit about the Blythe situation. “That’s our stage when we’re there, you know what I mean? That’s our sh*t up there,” Gibson stated. “That’s our stuff, our pedals, our guitars… That’s our place. And I can’t imagine that a good lawyer isn’t gonna get this settled, because it’s like, if you come on stage, you’re trespassing, you know what I mean?”
Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia was also vocal about Blythe’s arrest:
“I don’t believe for a split second that my brother Randy Blythe hurt ANYONE, especially on purpose. One of the most amazing persons I know. #FreeRandyBlythe Love you, brother. Feel sorry for that guy but I KNOW it WASN’T your fault.”
The crime of which Blythe is being accused is punishable by up to ten years in prison, according to popular Czech news web site Novinky.cz.
The band’s publicist, Adrenaline PR stated that Lamb of God’s management is expected to make a statement to the press on July 2, but noted that all involved with the band believe in Blythe’s innocence and support him completely.
The band’s European tour was scheduled to conclude July 1. The band’s next scheduled show is August 1 in Seattle, Wash.
Rustyn Rose is a veteran music journalist who owns and operates Metalholic Magazine and Metalholic Radio.