Speaking exclusively on FUBAR Radio’s ‘The Friday Social’ with Huw Joseph and Mikill Pane, Lamb of God lead singer, Randy Blythe told the show of the hell he had been through after facing manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. The front man was eventually acquitted following a five day trial, but the events obviously left a lasting impression on Randy, who explained how he had faced incarceration in a 123 year old Czech prison, had to pay bail twice and was facing a sentence ranging from five to ten years.
The singer was chatting with Huw and Mikill about his new book, ‘Dark Days’ which reveals how events unfolded from the initial incident at a Lamb of God gig in Prague, where Daniel Nosek was thrown from the stage by Blythe, and after going into a coma sadly passed away as a result of the injuries he sustained from the fall. However with no knowledge of the outcome and the impending charges, Blythe was left shocked on his next trip to the Czech capital when he received a rather unwelcoming reception.
“I got off the plane, walked down the end of the runway and they separated us from the rest of the passengers. In this small room, there was five dudes, who were basically a SWAT team, wearing masks and had machine guns, big knives and all that fun stuff….this women handed me a piece of paper, saying I was to be charged with manslaughter, in connection with the death of fan with our one gig there two years earlier.”
Fortunately for Randy he was released without charge shortly afterwards. He was advised by his legal council to never return to the Czech Republic, in order to avoid further attempts at prosecution. However he decided to face the music and in a bid to give closure to the family of the fan that died he returned to face trial. This bold move was as a result of the dignified way in which the family of the deceased had conducted themselves. However, he faced a very undignified treatment from the Czech tabloid press, who Blythe claimed led a smear campaign against him. The fire was fuelled further by images surfacing from the same gig of Blythe pinning a fan to the ground who had also jumped the barrier. However the metal star alleges this was further evidence of the poor security setup from the show, all the way back in 2010.
In ‘Dark Days’, Blythe tells the story of his incarceration and the wild life that led up to it. He explained, “Most substance abuse books end with the author getting sober. My book starts there.”