If you follow me on Twitter, you would have noticed that for the last few days the title of this entry has been hash tagged in a few of my retweets. If you have not read, Mr. Blythe is still being detained in Prague for alleged manslaughter. The reason for these charges were brought about by the the supposed accusation that Randy pushed a fan from the stage: said fan then suffered a coma and death due to a brain hemorrhage. According to different sources, this fan rushed the stage 3 times, twice being pushed by security and once by Randy. Also, it is speculated that this incident may have happened 3 months ago and the Czech police just contacted Blythe and Lamb of God’s manager.
Now, I’m not going to assume that most of you readers have been to a metal show, especially a show by a band as heavy as Lamb of God. Things do get out of hand; violent energies are released in the pit, stage diving is common and, hell, you might even end up in a Wall of Death. But there is security present to make sure things don’t get too crazy. A situation where a fan rushes the stage, 3 times, should not be taken lightly, especially after the death of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot (where a fan got onstage and shot him in the head with a 6 shooter). For Randy to push the fan from the stage would not only be considered normal, but also as a sort of self defense.
However, the Czech authorities are claiming it was manslaughter (not accidental, straight up manslaughter) and, even after posting over $200,000 in bail, are still detaining Randy. He is facing 5 to 10 years in prison (as of this writing) as punishment. While it is understandablyheart breaking for the family to lose a son, the combination of a late contact from the Czech authorities, no release upon posting of bail, and a claim of unmitigated manslaughter reeks of political bullshit.
On the lighter side of things, here is an update to a post from 2 weeks ago: it seems that the dumb as lawsuit brought up by Charles Carreon dropped his dumb ass lawsuit against Matthew Inman. But Carreon still claims it was a victory for him.