LAMB OF GOD fans have scheduled a vigil for jailed singer Randy Blythe, who is being held on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. The informal vigil is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday (July 8) on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Virginia. One of the band’s guitarists, Willie Adler, is expected to attend.
“It’s a sign of unity,” organizer Tommy Streat, a friend of Blythe, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “There’s been very little mainstream news coverage. Unless there’s more awareness, this could be dragged out for a really long time.”
Streat told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he initially expected 100 to 150 people to attend, but that based on response to his Facebook post of the event, he now thinks more than 1,000 people could show up.
“I know in my heart of hearts that Randy should not be in jail and the way he helps other people beyond the means most would go,” Streat told WWBT, the NBC-affiliated television station for Richmond, Virginia. “I think it’s ridiculous that he’s in jail and I think we need to get him back on this ground in Richmond. And until he’s here, we’re gonna be his voice. We’re gonna talk. We’re gonna get loud. . . Randy‘s voice has been lost and we’re getting it back. If it was Justin Bieber, everybody would be talking about it.”
“It’s a get-together for all who care to attend to show support for our brother Randy Blythe and to voice our concerns over the travesty of justice that is currently unfolding,” Adler wrote on his Facebook page. “I hope to see you all there.”
A two-and-a-half-minute video report from WWBT on this weekend’s vigil can be seen below.
LAMB OF GOD set up a fund to help pay Blythe‘s legal expenses. A statement on the band’s Facebook page reads, in part, “As many of you know, Randy is being held in Czech jail for a crime we believe he did not commit. We are still learning about the legal system there and the situation is fluid. We have retained local legal counsel, have support from the U.S. embassy and we are flying over additional lawyers to try and assure that Randy has the best representation possible. As many of you have pointed out, the simple fact is that the legal fees are adding up very quickly.”
For more information on the “Free Randy Blythe Vigil”, go to this location.