Thursday, July 26, 2012 , Updated 7:29 a.m., August 5, 2012
UPDATED: Randy Blythe from Lamb of God released from jail; tour still canceled
The band plans to start a new tour in late October.
UPDATE: Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was released on bail after being incarcerated for five weeks in Prague. Blythe was accused of manslaughter when a fan died in May 2010 at a Lamb of God concert. His incarceration caused the Lamb of God and Dethklok tour to be canceled, but the band plans to start a new tour October 26.
The band will play on August 17 in Iowa and on August 18 in Wisconsin, too.
The singer sends this statement:
2. I would like state that I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab tv show. But I was treated fairly by the guards and kindly by my fellow inmates. People are dying of starvation all over the world. Men and women are losing their lives daily in the Middle East and other war torn regions. I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis.
3. If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution. As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on, not run from them like a petulant child. I hope that justice is done, and the family of Daniel N. will receive the closure they undoubtably need to facilitate healing. I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace.
Original story: Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe remains imprisoned in the Czech Republic, which has caused the metal band's management to cancel the upcoming Lamb of God and Dethklok tour.
Blythe was arrested in connection with manslaughter after a fan died in May 2010 at a Lamb of God concert in Prague. The fan tried to get onstage several times, hit his head on the concrete floor, and later died. Blythe allegedly pushed him.
Unsure of when Blythe will be out of jail, his management decided to cancel their upcoming tour, which was slated to begin August 1. The show on September 9 at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie is part of the cancellation.
"The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour," according to a statement.
When he is released, the tour will be rescheduled in the fall. Lamb of God still plans to play the Mayhem Cruise in December, a spokesperson writes. Dethklok is currently working on a third album.
Those who already bought tickets will be refunded.
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