Randy Blythe, frontman for metal act Lamb Of God, gives an interview to a Czech newspaper about his manslaughter charge.
Blythe was charged with manslaughter in June following an incident at a Czech concert in 2010 where a fan died following injuries sustained when he fell off the stage. Blythe was bailed days later but has remained in a Prague jail ever since.
Now Blythe has given an interview to Czech tabloid Blesk, and Blabbermouth have done their best to translate it.
He said of the charge: “I don’t know anything about any sort of incident. I remember very few details about the show, mainly because I have played a lot of concerts. I just remember that the stage at the club was very small, and we barely managed to fit our equipment on there. Also, apparently there was a security guard there because many people climbed onto the stage — including one small boy, in particular, but I could be mixing up details with what happened at other clubs.
“Since I don’t wear my glasses while performing,” he continued, “I see little more than blurry outlines. In any case, I did not attack anyone. The only way I could have come into contact with anyone from the audience was if I was protecting myself from [people bumping into me when climbing on the stage].”
Addressing the Czech justice system, he said, “As far as the police is concerned, I believe that they have acted very professionally and followed the principles of good conduct. But in terms of justice, I honestly do not know what to expect because it is different than the U.S. I thought that if I made bail, I would be released.”
And the first thing he would do when released on bail? “If I go back to the U.S., I will mow the lawn, spend some time with family and plunge right back into performing, so that I can pay for my legal fees. I have to help my friends earn some money so that we can live decently. If I had to stay in the Czech Republic, I would look at the sights, especially in Prague. I would follow Kafka’s footprints and I would eat dumplings.”
Hopefully Blythe’s trial is less byzantine than Josef K’s.