Lamb Of God Singer Held In Prague – Accused Of Manslaughter, Bands React
Although the band has returned to their home of Richmond, Virginia, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe remains in Prague after shelling out $200,000 in bail.
The band had just arrived to the airport in the Czech Republic for a show at the Rock Cafe last week when he was arrested for the 2004 death of 19 year-old Daniel N., who was pushed off the stage during a show in 2004. Daniel allegedly hit his head and passed away two weeks later from a brain hemorrhage. In recently obtained video footage of all three times the fan was on-stage, metal site The Gauntlet, claims Blythe did not have enough interaction with the fan to cause the injury that ultimately lead to his death.
According to the band, Blythe was not solely at fault. A large security guard is said to have assisted in the pushing of the teen off the stage. According to MTV, Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Photos of Blythe’s court visit last week were posted to a local Czech news site.
Metalheads, in the form of fans and rock stars, showed their support this weekend by rallying behind #FreeRandyBlythe on Twitter.
Anthrax frontman Scott Ian went so far as to dedicate a song to Blythe at Saturday’s Rockstar Mayhem tour in San Bernardino, California. The on-stage announcement mirrored his comments on Twitter.
“It’s complete and utter bulls**t for him to be treated like a criminal for something he didn’t do. Now fans can see firsthand why there’s no stage diving anymore. Especially in the post-Darrell world we live in. It’s all fun and games until people get murdered, die and get arrested. Randy didn’t cause that fan’s death. That fan chose his path. People need to take responsibility for their actions no matter what the consequence. Of course it’s sad that this person died, it’s a tragedy, but it’s not Randy’s fault.”
Adrenaline PR, Lamb of God’s publicist, stated “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 rushed Randy 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 his head.”
Lamb of God were touring in support of their latest album titled Resolution.