Well, this is upsetting. When we first heard the news yesterday about Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe being arrested on manslaughter charges in Prague over an incident that happened in 2010, we were skeptical about it for several reasons. First of all, the incident wasn’t really described in any detail. Also, wouldn’t there have been footage of the incident, given all the videos from the 2010 show that are online? Well now, there’s an eyewitness account corroborating that something took place at least. The Gauntlet uncovered a Czech blog, Sicmaggot, that spends a paragraph talking about the incident. This is translated, so it’s a little spotty:
Randy behaved exactly as I expected from him. Fucker, who pisses on everybody. This was confirmed by several pretty fired up fans. Very bothered when someone decided to visit the podium. Maybe the first one got hit by Randy quite a bit, who jumped after him and held him down while he continued singing. When the fan got up Randy took him by the hair and threw him down quite quickly. It was a good thing the gentleman was so dazed that felt nothing. The second but ended up a shade worse, a little longer wrestled with it to get your breath back. That’s enough to Randy , does behave quite pretentious, but the performance was important.
There’s no further account of what happened. If indeed the above happened and the fan died as a result of it, you would think that the band, the show’s promoter and others would know about it and have either dealt with it beforehand or, if they were trying to avoid prosecution, skip Prague. Last night, Lamb of God’s twitter account tweeted “Free Randy Blythe.” We’re not sure what extradition processes are like in Czechoslovakia, so there’s no word on Blythe’s release yet. The band are scheduled to begin a North American tour with Dethklok and Gojira starting on August 1.