“D. Randall Blythe” checked in after returning to the United States, releasing a statement thanking his fans, talking about his time in prison and insisting that he is innocent and fighting to clear his name. The best of the best excerpts from the release:
On his return to Richmond: “In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said ‘We are glad you are home, Randy.'”
On his time in jail: “I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. It was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show.”
On standing trial: “I am a man. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned.”
Randy Blythe has been released on bail and is returning to the United States after spending five weeks in a Prague prison.
While the Lamb of God summer tour remains canceled, the band will play Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 at Knotfest. The group hopes to begin its U.S. tour in October.
Blythe will be making a statement discussing his time in the Czech Republic jail sometime next week.
In an official statement received from Lamb of God on Friday morning, the band thanked all of its supporters, reporting they have been working endlessly behind the scenes to provide assistance to Randy Blythe.
“We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily. It’s maddening to try and make heads or tails.
In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident.
The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent. We know that justice will prevail.”
The statement also provided a link to donate to Blythe’s legal fund.
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe is being charged with manslaughter over an incident in 2010, when he allegedly pushed a fan from the stage during a concert in Prague. Blythe was arrested in Prague on June 27 and is still being held in jail, awaiting approval of a $200,000 bond posted Saturday.
The 19-year-old fan attempted to climb on stage at least three times, and was then reportedly pushed off. His fall resulted in injuries which led to his death a month later, 14 days after falling into a coma.
While bail has been posted, the decision to release the singer is still subject to appeal. Blythe should be released sometime in the next week, several days after he was expected to be freed.
Other heavyweights in the metal world, including Slash and Sebastian Bach, took to Twitter to comment about the situation. Many referenced the 2004 Dimebag Darrell incident, telling fans this was another prime example of the need to stay off the stage at concerts.
In 2004, the shooting of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and four others by a fan in Ohio, led to heightened concerns about attendees coming up onstage, especially at metal concerts.
“Finally HOME! 4/5ths of us anyway,” tweeted Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton. “I can’t wait to give Randy a big bear hug and kiss his pointy, stubbly face! Thanx for all the support ya’ll! Flooded with questions about Randy. I truly understand and appreciate concern. But it would be irresponsible for me to comment on any of it. Again, thank ya’ll SOOOO much for your love and support during these difficult times. It means the world to us.”
Blythe could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the crime. –Kelsey Fowler
Kelsey Fowler is the 2012 Features Intern at The Denver Post, currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.