SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, WHITECHAPEL guitarist Ben Savage and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA vocalist Mike Hranica are among the 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 apparently either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N. who had come on stage, and that person died 14 days later of bleeding in the brain. A post-mortem reportedly found that he had not been drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Speaking to Loudwire, Lombardo said, “I can only make a presumption of what happened, but a kid jumps onstage, he accidentally pushes him off in the wrong way, hits his head, dies on the way to the hospital. Now if that’s what happened, I don’t know. But you’ve got to be gentle with these kids. You can’t just push them offstage. We’re talking five feet, sometimes six feet off the ground. That’s a hard fall and if he’s going up against a guardrail or something, you never know what he hit on his way down, I just don’t know what to say, but I see it happening.”
Ben Savage (WHITECHAPEL) (via Loudwire): “That’s terrible. I don’t know. Some people are crazy and they’ll come up and grab you or something and that’s not cool … I mean Europe, I love being there, but as an American it’s just a different world and you’re not as comfortable at times. I feel bad for him because that would be horrible to be in a jail in a foreign country where they may not speak your language or understand your values and where you’re coming from. I just want to send positive vibes out to him because I would hate to be in that situation.”
Mike Hranica (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) (via Loudwire): “As soon as I read [the report], I was like, ‘This is getting blown out of proportion.’ The things I have heard about Randy is that he’s a down-to-earth metal dude … I just feel it’s getting blown out of proportion.”
Slow-motion video footage of what may or may not be the stage incident which allegedly resulted in the death of a fan at the LAMB OF GOD concert in the Czech Republic more than two years ago can be seen below. The clip was originally aired on Saturday (June 30) as part of a TV report from Czech Republic’s TV Nova.
**IMPORTANT**: It should be noted that the TV Nova report did not claim that this was, in fact, footage of actual stage jump that that led to the person’s death. The performance clip was only included in the report to illustrate the behavior of Blythe and the fans during the concert.
According to Czech media reports, Blythe will be released today (Monday, July 2) on 4 million Czech Koruna bail (approximately $200,000 — an amount which Randy claimed was the equivalent of his annual income).
The crime of which Blythe is being accused is punishable by up to ten years in prison, according to popular Czech news web site Novinky.cz.