Randy Blythe of Lamb of God performs at the Long Beach Arena in 2006. (Los Angeles Times )
Members of Virginia-based metal band Lamb of God are speaking out a week after lead singer Randy Blythe was detained for questioning in connection with the death of a fan at the band's 2010 performance in the Czech Republic.
Lamb of God was forced to cancel a concert in Prague last Thursday when Blythe was arrested. The metal singer is being detained for questioning for allegedly shoving a fan who repeatedly came onstage. The fan later died.
In a first statement released to the press Friday, the band's representatives maintain that Blythe has yet to be officially charged, but his band members have been working overtime to free Blythe, who is still being held in the Czech Republic.
Reports say he could face charges of "bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of a fan." The charge could carry a prison term of up to 10 years if convicted.
In their statement, the band thanked its supporters but also took a stand to support Blythe.
“We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily. Within an hour things can do endless 180’s. It’s maddening to try and make heads or tails,” the band wrote in a lengthy statement.
“We’re taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.”
The band's manager, Larry Mazer, told Rolling Stone in an interview Tuesday that a Czech judge had approved Blythe's release on $200,000 bail, but the prosecution challenged the bail agreement and the singer remained in detention.
Band members maintain that they never have been notified of pending charges in the two years since the incident and were taken by surprise.
“Nobody reported an injury of any kind at the concert, or after the concert. It was at least an hour to two hours later, supposedly, when this kid went to a hospital. So that's number one – why did nothing occur during the show,” Mazer told Rolling Stone.
“Number two, he had supposedly been in a coma for 30 days, but it wasn't [until] a couple of months later that they contacted the promoter to ask his understanding of the events," he continued. "He said the same thing – that the show went on fine, no nothing, no incidents. They told him that a person had been injured, which led to a death, which he had no knowledge of whatsoever. And then it went away. Two years go by, and Randy gets arrested."
Mazer points to a YouTube video, which shows a fan coming onstage multiple times before being shoved by a security guard near Blythe. However the uploader of the video claims this isn’t video of the incident, despite conflicting comments. Other YouTube users have uploaded the same footage, some in slow motion.
“Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible. The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent,” the band said. “We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.”