Blake Judd (pictured below) of Chicago-based extremists NACHTMYSTIUM 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 SkullsNBones.com, Blake said, “I think it’s really, really fucked up that Randy is being held on fucking manslaughter charges for pushing a kid off a stage into a crowd of people who are obviously stage diving. The crowd catches people when they dive or get pushed off the stage at a show that packed, I’ve watched it happen a million times. It was NOT Randy‘s intent to hurt that kid. Regardless, though, the kid shouldn’t have been on the fucking stage in the first place, and if you ask me, that kid is dead because the club’s security failed to do its job of keeping the band (especially a super-high-profile band like LAMB OF GOD) and the fans separated. That kid should have never been able to get on stage. If he was passed up by the crowd from crowd surfing, then the stage security should’ve been there to pull him down like they do at any professional venue I’ve ever played where this kind of thing is occurring, get the kid down on his feet and usher him down the front of the stage on the floor behind the gates (that should’ve been there, not sure if they were or not in this situation but I’m assuming they were) back into the crowd or kicked outside for violating the club’s policy about stage diving, crowd surfing, etc., if they have one — which all clubs should, to prevent things like this from happening. You can have a plenty good time at a rock concert without doing stupid shit like that.”
When asked what he does when a fan jumps on stage and doesn’t jump off, Judd said, “This has only happened once that I can remember. Strange scenario… we were playing in Vilnius, Lithuania and some teenage guy (probably 18-19) ran on stage at full speed directly at me with some large object in his hand that I couldn’t see what it was. I immediately turned and got, like, into a stance where I was ready to have someone try to tackle me or attack me, and it turns out it was some crazy fan with a record and a marker (?!) who literally felt it was the appropriate time to get an autograph from me, whether I liked it or not, right after our first two songs on stage in our set there that night. I was super pissed at first and I started writing “fuck off” on the kid’s record, but I felt bad, so he has a record that says “Fuck Blake Judd,” signed by me. [laughs] The situation was startling, however, and I certainly spoke with the promoter after the show about his security, as it was a rowdy and rather large crowd to begin with. This is the only time I can remember something like this happening to me.”