Randy Blythe Released, Lamb of God to Reschedule Tour for October
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.