FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook (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 Loudwire, Hook said, “I think it stinks. I’m reminded how scary life can get and how quickly things can go south. I saw the video [of something that could have been the alleged incident] and Randy wasn’t even looking at this kid. He was singing to the crowd. Anytime someone comes up on stage, it’s pretty much you get what you get. It’s not like Randy took a heavy object and smashed this guy on the head. Randy was just singing, the guy came up behind him and it looks like he kind of just shoved him off the stage. That’s my take on it. It seemed like a completely innocent maneuver. The fact that the guy perhaps landed on his head and died several weeks later as a result of a bad accident, my guess is they’ll get it figured out and he’ll get off. It doesn’t seem like there was any intentional malice there.”