Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has sworn to return to the Czech Republic to clear his name, and says he faced no problems in prison.
He arrived back on US soil last Friday after more than a month behind bars while fighting to be freed on bail. Prosecutors say he inadvertently caused the death of a fan who received a fatal injury at one of their shows, but Blythe maintains his innocence.
The case has been prominent in the Czech republic. Speaking to a TV station before his departure (via Classic Rock
), Blythe said: "If it’s necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this court thing, I certainly will. I’m no flight risk.
"It’s very tragic that a young man died. I feel very bad that his family has to go through it. I feel awful for them – but it’s a tragic coincidence in my mind.
"To people who are not used to this type of music, I know it must seem crazy and violent. But that sort of activity is normal at a concert. That concert was one of literally thousands I’ve played.
"I did not know anyone was hurt. When I showed up in Prague I was very surprised to be arrested. We had no knowledge that someone had been injured, much less died."
He says that time in prison was no fun, but it wasn't so bad either. "I had three meals a day, a roof over my head and clothes on my back, so I tried to be grateful. I read, wrote some new songs, exercised in my cell and talked to cellmates. I signed some autographs, but even the people who didn’t know who I was, they knew why I was there. Nobody was mean to me at all – I had no problems."
He even posed for a picture with a fan who spotted him at the airport on the way home:
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was one of many musicians to spread goodwill to Randy Blythe over the weekend: "Man, that next Lamb Of God record is going to be like a nuclear bomb, because he's going to be venting," he said (via Blabbermouth). "He needs to get this out of his system."