Lamb of God Singer Randy Blythe Makes Official Statement

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is now safe at home in the United States after spending nearly five weeks in a Czech Prison. Blythe was arrested on charges related to an incident that took place in 2010, in which a fan was allegedly pushed from the stage by Blythe, resulting in injuries that ultimately proved fatal.

While Blythe awaits the chance to clear his name, the singer has released an official statement regarding the incident, which can be read in its entirety below.

“Greetings. This is D. Randall Blythe, checking in from my beloved hometown of Richmond, VA, United States of America. I was recently released on bail from Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic, after over a month of incarceration. Now that I am out for the moment, I would like to say a few things.

“1. While in prison, I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight- I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. I would especially like to thank the people of Richmond, VA, for standing by me. In the 48 hours I have been home, many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said “We are glad you are home, Randy”. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home.

“2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.

3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains.

“It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.

Photo: Dante Torrieri

 

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  • Trbaker64

    Now that is a real mans answer to one of the toughests situations possible. The lose of a child is not one that i know so i cant imagine what both parties are going through. Support this man, but do it for the right reasons. You see this stuff all the time at shows where someone is pushed off stage, but all things changed in 2004 after a viscious murder of Dime. You never know when your up there if this might be your last. pe the family finds closure and peace wtuatisee thwas no action on thehat not. Sueople  forget that there is still a family in the Chezch Republic that deserves our respect as well. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.kidd2 Andy Kidd

    Spoken like a true man. Randy is an example as to how we should all conduct ourselves.

    Pure class. 

  • chellsbells

    Let’s just hope justice is served.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him!!

  • Roe Mezza

    Ok, you maintain that you are innocent. However, you do not deny having pushed the young man.
    Artists, have a way with words, and they have a very “special” way of looking a issues.
    The issue here, is not that you voluntarily show up as is your legal obligation, since there are legal mechanisms that can force you to do so anyway.
    It is not very redeeming for you to voluntarily do what you can be forced to do!
    The issue here, is why would you push anyone off the stage at all.
    There is professional personnel to remove annoying fans from your close proximity…so, why did you find it necessary to do so yourself? Why with such force as to cause severe bodily harm which eventually took YOUR FAN’S LIFE!!!
    That is the issue, not the honor with which you face the charges against you now!!!

    • Toast

      Actually, the US does not have an extradition treaty with the Czech Republic. Therefore, there is no legal means to force his return. I applaud his statement and respect him as a man for it.

    • logforever

       Go watch the video.  He hardly touched the kid.  The bouncer did most of it as well as the kid was trying to stage dive.

    • sandman

      Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion so I will offer mine as well as some observations.

      1) Pushing a fan offstage. Two words: Dimebag Darrell.
                    After 2004 the thought of someone jumping onstage for any reason raises eyebrows especially of those onstage. As a fan I pay for a ticket to watch the band. Not drunk or over zealous fans trying to get close to their favorite bands, those are what meet and greets are for.

      2) Not being forced/ being forced to return to a foreign country.
                 Even though he might not be forced to return from the US, i’m sure there are many countries where he could be forced back to the Czech Republic.Get summoned to go back and he refuses he either A) won’t leave the United States or B) go to a number of countries in Europe and get greeted by a law enforcement agency to be sent to Czech republic to face trial.

      3) Band/ Arena security- Not the end all be all to protect bands or fans.
                  How many incidents involving fans and artists have we seen were security does nothing or very little protect fans or artists? Several. Security typically doesnt get involved until after something bad has happened. Loaded fan throws object on stage striking band member, band member retaliates striking fan with object or dives into crowd and then…security might intervene.

      4) Randy has been accused of something. Not convicted. Our legal system is very different but no one has proven that Randy’s actions caused anything. Regardless of all the tapes of the alleged incident, there isnt anything to say that it could have been venue security, another fan, improper medical treatment or the injured himself. Did he walk out of the concert and fall and hit his head? Unless we were there we wont know. Anytime you have that many people in that close of a space, in near darkness mind you, unless you were there we cant know.

      Only Randy and the fan know. I’m sure no one wanted death at an event that was supposed to be fun. Condolences to the family. And good luck to randy.

    • Dj695

      1. You have obviously never heard of Dimebag.
      2. If you watch the video on YouTube the ‘professional personnel’ you speak of, were not doing their job very well.
      3. In the report of the fan’s death talks about the way he fell, not so much the force with which Randy pushed him.

      Also as is already stated, Randy has no legal obligation to return to Prague, where he faces jail time, in a country where the media depicted him as depraved, violent and evil; one of the suspected causes of his bail being appealed the first time.

    • ggn

      Sorry Roe but as a FAN who attends concerts, I myself push people off of me when they jump on top of me, I don’t know who they are, what they are capable of doing. I’m not saying this as a fan of the band, I’ve never listened to a single song from Lamb of God either. If the personnel would’ve pushed this guy off and he would’ve fallen, the tragedy would’ve been the same. It was a fault of both the FAN and the singer’s security for having allowed the fan to get that far. If the fan fell off “with such force,” I’m sure it’s because people moved out of the way in the pit, which is when he fell. I would’ve moved out of the way too if I saw a body falling down on me. This fan is dead now and Randy is doing an honorable thing of finishing this trial and not hiding. A coward who knew he was guilty would be hiding, a man who knows he is not shows his face. 

    • Troll2478

       Look at a Lamb of God show. They don’t have security guards standing around them like they’re the secret service. Do you even go to any metal shows? Your complete ignorance in this matter tells me no.

  • MissMelodic72

    Reading this brought tears to my eyes, as I too have lost a child. Randy, you are a true man. What an honorable statement … It Is easier to feel others pain I suppose if you have been through them to a degree. We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to you Randy, as well as the family of Daniel…

  • Magicmoon420

    Blessings to you & your family, as well as the family of this young man. We love you, your honesty & compassion. <3

  • Dead Oath

    Randy showed real class!  I have a lot of respect for him.

  • Llycabl

    As a parent who has lost a child, the compassion that Mr. Blythe is showing towards the family is truly heartwarming. I respect him beyond a doubt for his accepting responsibility  to make right for what has happened to his fan. By going back to Prague speaks volumes of the character of Mr. Blythe and for his wanting to give the family peace of mind and closure in to what actually did happen to their son is immeasurable. 

  • Christian_PR

    Much respect to you Randy. Glad to have you back home. Can’t wait to see you again once you hit the road with Lamb of God and come back to Puerto Rico.

  • MUWarrior97

    I don’t know anything about Lamb of God and Randy, never heard their music but had seen some profiles of their guitarist in Guitar World or Player BUT damm that is one powerful statement from Randy…you can tell that was not written by some PR firm or spin-meister, count me as a new fan of this guy, might have to check his tunes out

  • Thatscatbk

    Roe,
    clearly…you’ve never been to a Lamb Of God show. Gigs like that are bananas. And in Prague??? 10 times as crazy! Kids jumping on stage to dive off and running into band members. Dude…it’s part of the show. And people…please, don’t compare this to Dimebag. This was just a kid who got on stage to rock with the band and was probably getting ready to dive off the stage himself, but Randy beat him to the punch and unfortunatley, he landed in the gap. No, Dimebag got shot up by some loonytune, who was upset about the break up of Pantera. Big Difference.
    Roe, the only thing you showed in your post is your awareness of our extradition treaty with The Czech Republic.
    Other than that…you’re just a dick. Get a fuckin life. I mean please, like Randy wanted any of this bullshit in his life.
     

    • Dj695

      what I meant when I referenced Dime’s murder is that since then bands can never be too careful, and security should always stop people from gaining access to the stage no matter what. The kid who died may not have had a malicious intent, but at the same time, that ‘loonytune’ who killed Dime didn’t show any signs of his intent until he’d pulled a gun and started firing.

  • Jedibass71

    Randy welcome back, it is great to hear that you are ok. I hope the same for Daniel’s family. Infortunate things happen in life and we are forced to deal with them and I sincerly hope that all gets worked out and everyone gos on with thier life. I hope all the best for you and your band. May Daniels family find the peace they need to carry on! Stay strong brother!