Vocalist James LaBrie (pictured below) of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER is one of a number of musicians who have come out in support of LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe, who is facing manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic.
Blythe, 41, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD‘s May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer allegedly either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N. — a guitarist in a local metal band — and that person died almost a month later of bleeding in the brain.
Randy has been charged with causing “bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan” and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Speaking to Tri-State Rock, LaBrie said, “I’ve done that several times in the past, where someone’s gotten on stage and you just, you know, eventually… In fact, you can go on YouTube and you can see where one time I literally [got hold] of the guy and [threw] him offstage and the guy went flying. And he hit the barricade and he was lucky enough to have somebody pretty much catch him to cushion the fall a bit. But, I mean, it happens, and you get caught up in the moment. And first and foremost, as cool as it might seem, jumping around with the band… You’re caught up in the moment, you’re into the music, your adrenalin is pumping, [but at] some point, it’s like, ‘Hey, man, get off the stage, this is our thing.’ And it’s not even meant as a vindictive or a menacing act, like, ‘You know what?! I’m gonna knock you out.’ It’s more like, ‘Goodbye. Get out of here.’ So I think it’s really unfortunate that [Randy‘s] gonna be held liable for this, for something that, absolutely those were not his intentions. It was a freak accident, and the guy [alleged victim], getting up three times… You’d think after the first time he’d get the message. The first time, that’s cool, it’s fun. Now let the band do their thing. I really can’t see this going through. I can’t see [Randy] being charged, and if he is charged, I think that’s completely wrong. So what does that mean now? Does that mean we’ve gotta put up a 15-foot gate in front of the fans now so that there’s no risk of that? Because they’re gonna have to do something. If Mr. Blythe gets charged, then what are you gonna do to insure that we’re not put into a situation like that that we have to answer for, just because someone else got a little too excited? I don’t know. I hope that this is taken care of. I’m sure… There’s no doubt that they would have legal representation at this point and they’re discussing the matter. But I don’t think this is right. This is gonna open up a whole can of worms. Like I said, what are you gonna do to insure us that it will never happen again in the future? And then what’s the sense? Then [it’s gonna] become more like a freakshow as far as I’m concerned. . . I’m rooting for him. I seriously can’t see that charge being followed through.”