Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage are hitting the road together for a co-headlining tour of North America this fall. Testament and Huntress also will be along to provide support.
Things will kick off in Canada with a string of shows in Toronto, Quebec and Montreal on October 22-24. The tour will then run through a November 26 show in Silver Spring, Md. Other stops along the way include Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Boston and Philadelphia. Testament will not appear with the other three groups at a November 8 show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. A fill-in group will be announced for that show at a later date.
Lamb of God will use this tour leg as the final support for its most recent record, Resolution. The album is the seventh studio album for the band, and was released in January 2012. Since that time, the group’s frontman Randy Blythe has went through quite the ordeal after being charged and later acquitted of manslaughter in the Czech Republic due to the death of a fan at a 2010 Lamb of God concert. He also spent some time in jail in the country after being arrested.
It has been recently reported that Blythe has struck a publishing deal to recount the past year or so of his life in a memoir. The book is tentatively set to be published next year.
Killswitch Engage will be supporting its sixth album, Disarm the Descent, which was released in April of this year. The album debuted at number seven on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart, but took the top spot on both the Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. The album marked the return of original singer Jesse Leach. The vocals had been handled by Howard Jones since the early 2000s.
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has been charged with manslaughter by a court in the Czech Republic after a fan died at a 2010 concert in Prague.
Blythe is accused of pushing the fan from the stage during the concert – the man fell and hit his head on the concrete floor of the venue and died two weeks later. The metal band’s manager, Larry Mazer, said in a statement that Blythe will travel to Prague to defend himself in a trial.
“While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death,” Mazer said in the statement published on Blabbermouth. “The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage.
In June, Blythe was detained for five weeks in Prague when the band was there for a concert. At the time, he was unaware there was a warrant out for his arrest. If he is convicted, he could spend 5-10 years in prison.
In his statement, Mazer also pointed to the onstage murder of Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell as a reason performers feel the need to be more guarded while on stage.
“In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance,” Mazer continued. “We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the Internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening.”
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been released from a Czech Republic prison where he had spent 38 days behind bars after being arrested over an incident involving the death of a fan at a 2010 Lamb of God show in Prague.
Blythe was arrested on June 27 at the Prague airport and held on manslaughter charges stemming from the event. According to reports, a fan (known only as Daniel N) jumped on stage during a Prague concert on May 24, 2010. After an ensuing tussle, the fan fell from the stage and hit his head and later died as a result of those injuries.
The singer is back in his hometown of Richmond, Va., and issued a detailed statement in which he claims to be “100% innocent” of the charge he labeled as “ludicrous.”
“If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I will return to Prague to stand trial,” he wrote in the statement. “While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will not hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution.”
Due to Blythe’s imprisonment, the band was forced to cancel the upcoming headlining tour they were scheduled to undertake along with Dethklok. The band is eying October 26th as the revised start date for their US tour, but dates and venues have yet to be finalized.
“The family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer,” Blythe continued in his statement. “I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on. 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. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter.”
Blythe could face up to 10 years in prison if he is found guilty.
About a month ago it was reported that Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe had bee arrested and jailed in the Czech Republic on manslaughter charges stemming from the 2010 death of a fan at a concert, and now it is reported that he is still in jail and it is unclear if he will be allowed to post bail. Because of Blythe’s uncertain future, the band has cancelled their upcoming headlining tour with Dethklok.
MTV reports that, according to The Gauntlet, the prosecutor in the case has challenged the bail of $400,000 Blythe recently paid. This means that the prosecutor will present the judge with a reason to deny bail, and then the judge will have five days to rule, followed by another five days for the ruling to be written or published in the court. At that point, the ruling will be final and unless charges are formally filed, Blythe will be able to leave the country.
The band released a statement announcing the cancellation.
“The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour,” read the statement. “Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.”
Blythe was arrested on June 27 at a Prague airport in connection with the death of a fan at one of the band’s show in 2010. Blythe said in an interview last week that he knew nothing about any “sort of incident” and that he remembered “very few details” about the show in question.
When he was arrested, Prague police issued a statement about the arrest, saying, “We have arrested the singer and charged him with the crime of bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of the fan.”
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been arrested in Prague and charged with manslaughter, it was recently reported.
The singer was detained before the band’s scheduled performance at the Prague venue Rock Café because of an incident that allegedly took place back in 2010, also in Prague. According to reports, the group was playing a show at Club Abaton when a fan jumped onto the stage and was injured in a tussle, reports say. The fan later died, and it is reportedly a result of the injuries he received at the show.
Prague police issued a brief statement that has been translated: “We have arrested the singer and charged him with the crime of bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of the fan.”
Maria Ferrero, the Lamb of God publicist, spoke on behalf of Blythe and said that he was “wrongfully accused” and that “lawyers are dealing with it, and we expect him to be fully exonerated.” It is reported that footage of the 2010 show is widely available on YouTube, but as of yet there has been no video of the alleged incident found.
Lamb of God was forced to cancel the show scheduled after Blythe’s arrest. The Virginia group is in the midst of a worldwide tour to support their most recent album, Resolution. That album, the seventh studio album by the band, was released in January and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart and number one on the Rock Chart.
The band has yet to release an official statement on the arrest, though their Twitter account was updated with a post that read simply, “#freerandyblythe.”
As for the current tour, Blythe previously said the timing couldn’t be better for the trek.
“It’s 2012, the year of the Mayan calendar, according to some, say the world is going to end,” he said. “What better time than to embark on a world tour?”