Today sees the end of the harrowing journey for Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe as the court in Prague acquits the singer of causing a 19 year old fans death. After nearly 10 months of uncertainty surrounding the future of Blythe and Lamb of God, he is finally free to live his life as an innocent man and continue doing what he does best.
In recognition of the singer’s continued integrity and positivity throughout the whole ordeal, this blog takes a look back at some of the mile stone events which have taken place since his arrest in June 2012.
It is commonly known that rock and metal gigs are packed with sweaty bodies and flailing limbs and on the odd occasion someone will probably get an elbow to the face or a studded and buckled boot to the shin. But it was all part and parcel of the genre which added to the intensity of the music and the overall excitement of the gigs.
In June 2012, the front man of one of metal’s most iconic bands was arrested on manslaughter charges when Lamb of God took to the Czech Republic for a gig at the Rock Café.
The Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested on these charges for a gig which took place in Prague in 2010 where a fan – who got into an apparent altercation with singer after he climbed onto the stage – later died from his injuries. Almost instantly, the world of metal and far beyond exploded into an uproar of outrage at the allegations and the effects took over the world of social media on an unprecedented scale.
As of 28th June 2012 ‘Free Randy Blythe’ spread across Facebook and Twitter like a rash with #FreeRandyBlythe trending worldwide on Twitter and a host of ‘Free Randy’ merchandise became available across the web. The most surprising and touching sentiment though had to be the support from people across the world that weren’t metal fans, some never having heard of Lamb of God.
After five weeks in Pankrác prison in Prague, an 8,000,000Kč (£254,000) bail and a lengthy trial in Czech Republic, it looks like this tragic case has finally come to a close.
After the trial was postponed in early February until the beginning of March due to unavailable witnesses, many eye witnesses, psychologists, defence and prosecution lawyers have battled their corners in their bids to prove or disprove Randy Blythe’s involvement in the death of fan Daniel Nosek in 2010.
Watch Randy’s closing statement here.
Throughout his arrest, prison stay, bail and trial, Randy Blythe has presented himself with nothing less that integrity, composure and honour which has shed a new light on the attitudes of heavy metal music. Through his Instagram account (drandallblythe) he has given a fascinating insight into his time in Pankrác prison and posted regular messages to his fans and supporters, all of which continue to display his admirable state of mind. Below are a few of his most heartfelt posts and photographs but we strongly advise checking out his page for the full and captivating picture
4th February 2013
“drandallblythe And so it begins. I am calm & prepared. Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day, y’all!”
5th February 2013:
“drandallblythe I have read a few news reports of the progress of my case, and trust me- many things are incorrect. But this is the Internet, and of course things are half-baked anyway. Keep in mind that translation is difficult, and many things can be lost, for Czech is a VERY DIFFICULT language. So wait and see, as I am. Continue reading