Sometimes I get extremely mad at certain situations. This was the case when I heard about the detainment of Lamb of God front-man, Randy Blythe. It infuriated me so much that this man was falsely accused of manslaughter, and to add to that paid his bail, but was not released. Apparently the Czech bail system isn’t as smooth as ours is in the U.S. Thus Blythe has been sitting in a Czech jail cell, and been learning mandarin.
My tenure as a Lamb of God fan started around 2006 with the release of their album, Sacrament. By the time their 2009 album, Wrath came out I was a huge fan with all of their albums and both DVD releases. Around that time I also got to meet Blythe and the other members of the band. They all were extremely nice and talkative except Randy whom was very soft spoken until he felt he needed to interject into the conversation. I also had a long talk with Lamb of God’s bassist, John Campbell. After that meeting I was so thrilled I had a bunch of signed merch, a couple of stage used picks, and pictures with all of the members of the band. I was thrilled.
On that same tour supporting Wrath Lamb of God also played a gig in Prague, Czech Republic. During this show a fan came up onstage three times, and was thrown off the stage by a security guard. The fan in questions name was Daniel. About a month later said fan died of injuries.
Jump ahead to two weeks ago, Lamb of God is set to play a show in Prague, and then the police show up and take Blythe into custody and proceed to charge him with manslaughter. They set a bail hearing for Saturday, June 30th. Bail is set at $200,000 and Blythe’s management post bail. Yet Blythe is still not released even though there is clear video showing that Blythe was innocent. Was this a tragedy, Yes. Is it a crime? In my opinion, it is definitely not.
I hope Blythe gets out soon. It’s not fair that he is imprisoned for something that he did not do. I feel bad for Blythe, his family, and his band who never saw this coming. I also feel bad for the Czech metal fans as I believe that many bands will re-route tours around the Czech Republic to avoid heinous charges like those pressed against Blythe.
But what can we do?
- Sign this official petition HERE
- Help Randy with his legal expenses HERE
- Keep spreading awareness of the situation by using #FreeRandyblythe
Keep Randy in your thoughts and hope for a speedy resolution! #FREERANDYBLYTHE