Modern metal act Lamb Of God has released an official statement regarding the arrest and imprisonment of singer Randy Blythe, who was seized two weeks ago in the Czech Republic on suspicion of manslaughter. The charge stems from a 2010 incident in which a fan who was allegedly shoved off the stage by Blythe at a Lamb Of God show in Prague died two weeks later from a brain hemorrhage. Blythe, who remains in a Czech jail as a flight risk despite making bail, has drawn the support of hard rockers such as Disturbed's David Draiman, Slash, Five Finger Death Punch and others.
The band's statement thanks "everyone who has reached out in support," before adding that they've refrained from saying anything sooner due to the "fluid nature" of the situation. But the statement continues, "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 and we will continue to do our part to support our friend."
Lamb Of God had been touring Europe in support of its latest album, Resolution, when Blythe was arrested on June 27th.
He has been charged with causing "bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death" of the 19-year-old fan, who has only been identified as Daniel N. Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Many of Blythe's fellow musicians have cited the 2004 shooting death onstage of Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott as the reason why musicians are so defensive nowadays about fans invading the stage. Some reports say that the late fan tried to mount the stage as many as three times that evening.
The band has set up a legal defense fund for Blythe, which has drawn criticism from some of its own fans. Guitarist Willie Adler addressed the issue in an online post, saying, "We are by no means requesting charity, nor are we demanding money from our fans. We have received dozens upon dozens of requests from supporters wanting to help in any way possible. This was a direct response to that in order to give fans a voice in all of this if they choose to do so. By no means are we trying to make a dime off of this."