LAMB OF GOD SINGER ARRESTED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES. METAL MUSICIANS COMMENT. CZECH COURT RESPONDS.
The Czech news website Novinky reports that Blythe engaged in a fight with a fan during the band’s show at the Prague club Abaton in May 2010, and that the fan later died of his injuries. Today, with Lamb of God back in the Czech Republic to perform a show that was scheduled for tonight, police brought the musician in for questioning upon his arrival in the city for the gig. As a result, tonight’s show has been canceled.
Loudwire spoke with Lamb of God’s representatives, and they told us that the singer has been wrongly accused. They added that lawyers are currently dealing with the situation and that they expect Blythe to be fully exonerated.
Lamb of God have been touring the world in support of their ‘Resolution’ album and have been filming a documentary capturing the sights and sounds of the trek.
A number of figures within the rock/metal world have commented on the news that LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe was arrested on Wednesday in Prague, Czech Republic in connection with the death of a fan more than two years ago.
David Draiman (DISTURBED): “MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO MY FRIEND RANDY BLYTHE FROM LAMB OF GOD @lambvox ?#freerandyblythe”
Paulo Gregoletto (TRIVIUM): “I hope Randy‘s situation can be resolved quickly and without him being detained anymore. Very shitty news to start the day!”
Dez Fafara (DEVILDRIVER): “Prayers and thoughts for Randy as I fall asleep tonight …..Enroute to Full Force Germany ?#HesAGoodMan? ?#SendPositiveThoughts”
Jeff Kendrick (DEVILDRIVER): “Randy Blythe needs to be released soon. Please keep him in your thoughts.”
Oderus Urungus (GWAR): “All power out to Randy and our boys in LAMB OF GOD. They are our blood and we stand by them. This whole thing reeks of bullshit.”
Mark Hunter (CHIMAIRA): “Best wishes to Randy and the LOG camp.”
Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER): “Thoughts go out to my bro Randy from LOG… just hung w him a few days ago #FreeRandyBlythe”
Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL): “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.”
Sebastian Bach: “Randy, hope u r ok.I have been sober this whole tour. 1st sober tour ever. U r an inspiration. Thx 4 your help @downloadfest #FreeRandyBlythe”
Brian Posehn: “Crazy news about Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD. Those guys are all really good dudes. I hope everything gets straightened out soon.”
Rob Caggiano (ANTHRAX): WTF?? LAMB OF GOD Frontman Randy BlytheArrested on Allegations of Manslaughter.”
Czech police spokeswoman Jana Rosslerova has told the Associated Press that that a court is set to rule tomorrow (Saturday, June 30) on whether to continue detaining LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in connection with the death of a fan more than two years ago.
According to Rosslerova, Blythe was arrested Wednesday, accused of causing bodily harm resulting in death.
LAMB OF GOD bassist John Campbell, reached today on his cell phone by Richmond Times-Dispatch, declined to comment.
“I’m not ready to talk about anything going on,” he said.
LAMB OF GOD was scheduled to perform on Thursday at the Rock Café in Prague with SKELETONWITCH and ALL SHALL PERISH but that show ended up getting canceled.
Blythe, 41, is reportedly accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD‘s May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer apparently either pushed or struck the fan who had come on stage, and that person later died.
LAMB OF GOD‘s publicist, Adrenaline PR, issued a statement earlier today stressing that “under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved [during LAMB OF GOD‘s 2010 concert]. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushedRandy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit