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.
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. It is all I can do, except be honest & fight for my freedom in my own way. I also have heard of some people (not on here) talking smack about the Czech Republic, saying “Fuck the Czech Republic”, etc. This not how it should be. This is a very sad case, not something to rage at people you do not know over. I am not angry with the Czechs at all. A fan of my band is dead- what do I have to be angry about? I am an INNOCENT man, but I am also a very sad man right now. To not be sad in this instance would be inhuman. But mad at the Czech people? Why would I be mad at them? Here, look at this picture- a mother watches her baby. The child reaches out for something new, laughing and chasing a pretty picture in the air. It is the same here as everywhere else. Do you see?!?!? Life is beautiful. I hope to see y’all soon.”
12th February 2013
“drandallblythe We finished walking and got on a subway back to the center of Prague. I was glad I came to look at the prison. I would love to have a camera in there- it’s amazing inside, in a really messed up way. I do not know what the future holds for me- maybe I will return to behind these walls- but I do know that I have to do the right thing as my conscious dictates. For me that is going back to finish the trial, as I said I would. The family of the young man who is dead is in court everyday, along with mine. They have shown remarkable kindness by not attacking me in the press or anywhere else. It must be very difficult for them to look at my face, regardless of my guilt or innocence. They have behaved honorably, and so shall I. I will do my best to give them the answers they deserve. I ask people not to judge the family of this young man for wanting these answers- their family has lost a son- who would not want answers? I’m not so sure I would have displayed the class and reserve they have if the tables were turned. Remember, no story has just one side. Try to look at everything from different angles, to not make snap judgements. Put yourself in another’s shoes for a second. Otherwise we all just remain in a prison of our own making. Thanks for all your support. I will put up some cheerier pictures soon, I promise.”
5th March 2013
“drandallblythe It’s a beautiful morning in Prague, & time for me to go to what is (hopefully) my final day in court here- supposedly judgement will be passed today & I will move on with my life in one direction or the other. Which direction that is, I do not know. I could walk free, or conversely go to prison for up to ten years. Such is my life right now, & I must stay in this moment until its resolution. Whatever happens to me, do not feel sorry for me, for I am at peace & refuse to feel sorry for myself. Life happens. Deal with it. Some people cannot understand why I have returned, saying I should not come back here. KNOW THIS, & mark my words well- it would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation. I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME- it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, & it breaks my heart. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably & try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on. For me, this is BEING A MAN. I categorically refuse to live in a constant state of guilt & fear. I would rather die. My morality & convictions are not dependent upon unforeseeable circumstance, nor malleable when difficulty arises. So I walk this morning to court with my head held high, no matter what others opinions of me may be. I have to face myself in the mirror, & tomorrow morning, where ever I may wake up, I will be able to do that without regret. This is THE ONLY path to true freedom for me- peace within myself. This is the manner in which I choose to try my best to live my life, & I hope you all do the same- do your best to do what is right, no matter how difficult it may be. I promise you, this will bring you peace. I thank you all for your support, I wish you all a good day, & to quote one of my favorite movies: STRENGTH AND HONOR.”
This latest entry is a picture perfect ending to the last 10 months as Blythe stands below a sign in the subway which reads “Just Go Home”.
5th March 2013
“drandallblythe I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man. This photo was taken by my friend @aceyslade- it says it all. Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support- Randy”
Although the prosecution intends to appeal the “not guilty” verdict, we hope that today’s result is the end of a long battle and that Randy can return home to lead his life and continue gigging with one of metal’s most adrenaline fuelled bands.
From everyone at Grindstore we would like to send our congratulations to Randy and we hope that he enjoys his undoubted innocence and deserved freedom \m/(>_<)\m/