EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike Williams (pictured below) 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 Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! (hear audio below), Williams said, “Randy is an old friend of mine, man. I knew Randy when he was this stupid punk kid coming to see EYEHATEGOD and begging me if he could get up on stage and sing with me. We used to let him sing. We had an instrumental we used to have called ‘Godsong’ and we used to bring Randy up on stage to sing it, just ’cause he was always hanging around, every time we’d play Richmond, Virginia. So I’ve been knowing Randy forever; we used to stay at his house every time we’d go through Richmond. He’s an old friend. It sucks to see what’s going on here. I mean, I don’t know what the situation is exactly, but from what I hear, he really hasn’t done anything; I think he’s just being made an example out of — it’s what it seems. Like I said, I don’t know what’s going on. I know their government is different over there, their laws are different. It’s a foreign country and it sucks to be stuck over there, for him. Hopefully he’ll get out soon if they can work it out and everybody will be happy and this won’t go on for much longer. So, yeah, I wish him luck, man, for sure.”