Blythe: 'I'll Clear My Name'

Newly-freed Randy Blythe says he faced no problems in prison, and will fight to clear his name of manslaughter accusations.

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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."

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    mmkat
    very happy the guy got out. call me an ass, but i pretty much had the same thought like rob halford. so looking forward to the next LoG record, it's going to be so much angrier than anything before.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Glad he took it well. He could have just as easily gotten out and thrown a huge fit. He's a good, level headed guy and it makes me respect their music a lot more.
    SirBiggithBrian
    Johnny_Ibanez wrote: "...and says he faced no problems in prison. " Yeah. "says"
    Whats that meant to mean?
    ryaniomitch
    i'd love for blythe to have written an old blues song about his time inside haha, I'm guessing its just wishful thinking though
    Root Beer
    HoverFan#1 wrote: No offence, but why does he look like a woman in that picture?
    Because you're looking at the wrong person in the photo.
    Chromex
    Panda_Baird wrote: I would be scared out of my mind to return to Czech, the country is more communist than China!
    The Czech republic is a democracy and is currently ruled by a conservative right-wing party.
    jordo246
    The only people saying they hope Randy go's to jail are the people who don't like him because of his music, in other words ignorant *****s.
    Redfinton22
    robhc wrote: I really, really hope that they find him guilty at his trial.
    I really, really hope this is just ignorance and that you haven't done your own research on all of the details surrounding this incident.
    myopathy
    Heck,after being in prison for a month in a foreign country he comes back and takes a picture with a fan? Such a humble dude.He's earned my full respect.The next Lamb Of God album is going to kick sheer ass.
    Root Beer
    Honestly, he doesn't seem that angry... He seems a little more somber about it. So i dunno about their next record being their "angriest".
    K33nbl4d3
    I don't listen to Lamb of God, but I have so much respect for this guy right now...
    hamsteroceros
    robhc wrote: No, actually I have done my research, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is guilty and deserves to rot in prison.
    That seems unlikely, considering the evidence available. Take the video evidence, for example. It's nearly impossible to tell whether he even actually touched the guy, or if it was security doing too much too late. But hey, you keeping fighting the good fight for chuckleheads everywhere. Tool.
    ibanez124
    Great to hear that he is taking this ordeal so well, it really speaks to his character
    chedsorr
    This guy is a legend and I dont really know who is since I've never really listened to Lamb of God before, but I think I will now cuz he seems really nice and cool. Imagine that was one of those stroppy metal musicians, they would have went crazy if a fan asked for a photo after going through that. Such a cool headed person who doesn't have his head up his ass. Good luck to him for his court date.
    lextexrex
    I hope that those of you who "want" him found guilty (before even bothering to look at all the facts) never become politicians.
    risk182
    I am not a fan of Lamb of god at all, but still I'm happy this guy got out, since his crime really couldn't be proven. If it were, however, I'd have nothing against throwing him in jail.
    kratos379
    stonedhippos wrote: its good that the Czech Republic ran out of ways to milk cash out of this guy (i.e. raise his bail as soon as he is able to pay it) and that he won't have to stay in prison until the trial. however, this whole thing is ridiculous. the fan that jumped on stage was doing something illegal and Randy had the right to react. he didn't mean to hurt the fan, but the fan deserved it. if it was really important to the Czech, they would have informed him immediately, instead of a couple of years later.
    He gets his money back when he goes to court. They just make him pay money so that he won't be a flight risk. If he doesn't go, then he doesn't get his money back. It's all incentive.
    Dan_Hey_Wait!
    At least he's manning up and returning to Prague to clear his name (not that he'll have much of a choice).
    metal@hart11
    just glad hes out now! he'll need some time with family and friends, but once he gets back on track and back on this tour, i cant imagine the energy that will be coming from him! cant wait to see them in september!!
    stonedhippos
    its good that the Czech Republic ran out of ways to milk cash out of this guy (i.e. raise his bail as soon as he is able to pay it) and that he won't have to stay in prison until the trial. however, this whole thing is ridiculous. the fan that jumped on stage was doing something illegal and Randy had the right to react. he didn't mean to hurt the fan, but the fan deserved it. if it was really important to the Czech, they would have informed him immediately, instead of a couple of years later.
    stonedhippos
    JimDawson wrote: Anyone else think he looks like Walter White from Breaking Bad?
    if he was bald then he would
    Camron62\m/
    THEY'LL HOLLOW YOUR NAME! **** that. Respect to Randy, he's such a cool guy, glad he's out and can't wait until the new album and tour.
    iommi600
    You don't have to clean anything when it's clear that you did nothing, dude. Unless it's cleaning something with the messed up Czech law.
    nathanwaffles
    If Blythe did inadvertently kill a kid, he is obviously oblivious to the fact, and his prosecution will be difficult to pull off since the incident is so stale and lacks incriminating evidence... or so we're told.
    Kilgannon2113
    robhc wrote: Redfinton22 wrote: robhc wrote: I really, really hope that they find him guilty at his trial. I really, really hope this is just ignorance and that you haven't done your own research on all of the details surrounding this incident. No, actually I have done my research, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is guilty and deserves to rot in prison.
    You're an idiot, like hamsteroceros said you obviously havent done you're research. No disrespect to the kid who passed away but you don't jump on stage like that and not expect to get tossed off by security(which is who throws him off in the video) plus the kid died like a month after the show, who knows if someone roughed him up in the mosh pit or he hit his head elsewhere. There are so many factors that could be relevant to this case and Randy causing this kids death is definitely not one of them I would have to say.
    patrickmarkd
    Happy to see him out, and back in his home. He took it all really well what a civil man, he's really evolving the image of metal, can't wait to see what music he can make out of this ordeal.
    robhc
    Redfinton22 wrote: robhc wrote: I really, really hope that they find him guilty at his trial. I really, really hope this is just ignorance and that you haven't done your own research on all of the details surrounding this incident.
    No, actually I have done my research, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is guilty and deserves to rot in prison.
    arnolddrummer
    I read, wrote some new songs, exercised in my cell and talked to cellmates.
    Excited for next albums lyrics? yes!