Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Charged with Manslaughter
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.”