Randy Blythe, the lead singer of metal combo Lamb Of God, remains interned in Czechoslovakia following his recent arrest on manslaughter charges.
Blythe was arrested last month in Prague in relation to an incident in the city back in May 2010, when a concertgoer died following an attempt to rush the stage during a Lamb Of God concert. Reports suggested that Blythe had struck or antagonised the victim. The band’s management, however, claimed that Blythe had been wrongly accused.
NME now report that the band have scrapped all their forthcoming tour dates. Blythe has already paid a bail of 4m korun (£125,000), but a challenge by prosecutors saw the bail being unexpectedly doubled at the last minute. The band have rallied resources and fans to meet the figure, but Blythe’s release has continued to be challenged by prosecutors, who believe the singer is a probably flight risk.
Blythe’s lawyer has insisted his client will be co-operative: “He cannot afford to simply disappear. As a world-renowned artist… if he wants to continue performing, he will have to return. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with.”
Blythe has previously spoken about the incident, claiming not to remember the details of the day. “I remember very few details about the show…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…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”