Lamb of God Lead Singer Arrested on Manslaughter Charges
The lead singer of the heavy metal band Lamb of God has been arrested in Prague on manslaughter charges stemming from a concert in 2010. In the alleged incident, Randy Blythe pushed a fan that jumped on stage back into the crowd, who hit his head and died two weeks later. Blythe has since been released from jail, despite not paying his 4 million Koruna ($200,000) bail. Since the banks are closed for the weekend, Blythe has until Monday to pay up.
The band’s publicist gave the following release:
As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos. Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. 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. Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.
David Draiman, lead singer of Disturbed, came to Blythe’s defense when asked about how he felt about Blythe “slaughtering” a fan on stage. Via Blabbermouth:
[Randy] didnt ‘slaughter’ anyone,” Draiman said. 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 […] 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.”
Draiman does bring up a valid point regarding the Dimebag Darrell incident. I agree with what he said, and I don’t think Blythe intended to hurt the fan. It is very unfortunate the fan died, but at no time should fans attempt to jump on stage. Dimebag was of course shot and killed on stage while performing in Columbus, Ohio back in 2004.
Lamb of God is highly regarded in the rock community, and are considered one of the top-tier bands in the genre. Back in my metal days I never really listened to them with the exception of a few songs. As I currently write this post I have The Marshall Mathers LP playing in the background LOL.
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