Note: The band will not be preforming at Tuska Open Air. A possible replacement and changed schedule will be released later on the Tuska facebook and official site: www.facebook.com/TuskaOpenAir
By Josiah HughesToday (June 28), some shocking news has broke concerning Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe, who has been arrested in Prague on manslaughter charges.
Reports are hazy at this point, but Metal Sucks points to a Czech news report from Novinky.cz, who explain that Blythe was arrested over an incident that took place at a Lamb of God show in Prague on May 24, 2010.
In the alleged 2010 incident, a fan reportedly climbed up on stage and ended up getting in a physical altercation with Blythe. Later, the concertgoer in question succumbed to his or her injuries, according to the news report.
The recent Exclaim! cover stars were to headline a show tonight in Prague at the Rock Cafe with Skeletonwitch and All Shall Perish. However, Lamb of God have pulled out of the concert.
Metal Insider got in touch with Adrenaline PR, the company that manages Lamb of God, and were told that Blythe was “wrongfully accused,” adding that “lawyers are dealing with it, and we expect him to be fully exonerated.”
LAMB OF GOD‘s publicist, Adrenaline PR, issued a statement earlier today stressing that “under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved [during LAMB OF GOD‘s 2010 concert]. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.”
A Czech LAMB OF GOD fan who says that he attended the band’s 2010 concert in Prague, described the incident on Facebook as follows: “I’ve seen many bands in that club like DEVILDRIVER, HATEBREED, etc. and every metal fan in Prague knows that this is one of the ‘stage-diving-friendly’ clubs. HATEBREED and DEVILDRIVER were OK with that. The guy climbed on stage and Randy slapped him and the guy fell on the ground (NOT off the stage), [Randy] sang few words to his face and pushed him back and said that he is not OK with people on the stage. A murder? I dont think so…that hit wouldn’t kill you unless you’re made of glass.”
Randy‘s brother, Mark Blythe, told CBS-6 that he’s awaiting further details and said the charge is “bogus and outrageous and will be dropped immediately.”
Commented Willie: “It’s been a rough couple of days. All I can say is that I can’t recall that particular show let alone a fan being beaten on the stage. I think I would’ve noticed something like that considering the Dime [the 2004 murder of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott] thing.”
He added, “We’re all still here in the Czech Republic awaiting what is to happen. We hope we’ll be able to get Randy out this afternoon. All our thoughts are with him as well as the family of the deceased fan. We’ve no real clue as to what happened to him, but we send our condolences. All we try to do is entertain; the fans are why we’re here. We would never try and harm anyone.”