SOIL bassist Tim King (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 Jake Serd of Centrill 74 Entertainment and 94.9 K-Rock in Danville, Illinois, King said “Yeah, it’s crazy. The thing about that is, just from being somebody just as long as he has, there’s always somebody that’s gonna jump up on stage and there’s always people that get out of hand. A fan, if you have a barricade and you have security, they shouldn’t be jumping up on stage. You kind of go at your own risk. It’s not like Randy pulled him up and started beating him up. Or it’s not like they were outside and a kid asked for an autograph and Randy decided to beat him up because he didn’t wanna give him an autograph. I mean, it was a totally innocent thing, and it’s things that happen at shows all the time. Kids jump up on stage and stagedive. What if somebody didn’t catch him and they hit their head. Is the band supposed to be responsible for that? I can’t tell you how many times we’ve played shows and people jump up on stage and you try to be funny or have fun with them and you grab them and throw them back in —you’re just having a good time. But things happen. I don’t see how the bands should be held accountable for something like that. He didn’t go and perform an act of violence. I just think this whole thing is gonna open up a can of worms for more and more people to get away with stuff like that. It’s gonna lower concert attendance. It’s gonna hurt everything. My heart goes out to Randy — he’s a good dude and I’ve had long talks with them and I’ve been able to hang out with him a bunch of times over the years, and I just wish him all the best.”