Randy Blythe Arrested For Manslaughter

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been arrested and charged for manslaughter, according to reports today.

Randy Blythe Arrested For Manslaughter
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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has been arrested and charged for manslaughter, according to reports today. According to reports in the Czech Republic (via NME), police arrested the singer before a show in Prague and charged him with the offence. The Prague police said: "We have arrested the singer and charged him with the crime of bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of the fan." It is believed that the arrest stems back to a Prague gig in 2010 after a fan jumped on the stage and allegedly got into a fight with Blythe. Reports say the fan later died from injuries sustained in that fight, and the authorities appear to believe Blythe contributed to the fan's death. The only word from the rest of the band so far was a Twitter message which simply said "#Freerandyblyth". This story is developing, so check back to Ultimate Guitar for the latest on the arrest. Do you think Blythe should have been charged, or did he have a right to defend the stage space? Share your opinion int he comments.

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    john_kimble
    It depends. If Blythe was defending himself, then it's justified. It's sad that a fan died, but in the day and age of Dimebag getting murdered onstage, musicians are obviously leery of concertgoers, and respectably so.
    cbabb7
    If the fan jumped on stage and instigated...the charges better be dropped.
    Maiden95
    Unbelievable news. I had no idea it was from 2010. Seems rediculous. Hopefully everything works out for Randy.
    Christopher S
    It's a simply open/shut case. Persistant and drunk fan climbs on stage, for the third time, and Randy pushes him off the stage for interfering with the show. It's not pre-meditated, it's not second degree murder, it's a normal reaction with a tragic outcome. Thing is, the guy should never have put himself in the situation in the first place. It's like charging someone with manslaughter, because they hit and killed a guy running on the interstate with a blindfold on.
    Creation23
    Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man Is either a fool or a coward, whoever cannot take care of Himself without that law is both, for a wounded man shall Say to his assailant, "If I live I will kill you, if I die you are forgiven" Such is the rule of honor
    BurnedGuitarist
    I was at that show in 2010. The thing is, there was one fan (probably drunk), who kept climbing on stage. Randy calls off bodyguards and whenever this drunk dude climbed on stage Randy attacked him (the fan didn't start any fight, he just didn't get he is not welcome there, which was ofcourse his fault). Last time Randy cought him by his hair and threw him under the stage, unfortunately there was a metal fence. That guy in his uncoordinate fall hit the fence first and after that he hit the ground head first (very hard). His friends took him away from there (at that time he was on his feet) and since that nobody saw him till the end of the gig. It was half accident but Randy act like an agressive idiot, they played amazingly good but their acting ruined the evening.
    VandaLIZM
    It's very unfortunate that a fan has died, regardless of whether or not it was Dave's doing. As for his presidential campaign.... 'Now you've got something to vote for'
    Destinyrider22
    JustRooster wrote: He beat a guy so hard he died, and you guys think it's BS he gets charges? Seriously...
    He didn't beat him to death. He pushed the guy off of the stage after the fan jumped onto the stage for the third time. Accidental death, maybe, but not manslaughter.
    MegadethFan18
    BurnedGuitarist wrote: I was at that show in 2010. The thing is, there was one fan (probably drunk), who kept climbing on stage. Randy calls off bodyguards and whenever this drunk dude climbed on stage Randy attacked him (the fan didn't start any fight, he just didn't get he is not welcome there, which was ofcourse his fault). Last time Randy cought him by his hair and threw him under the stage, unfortunately there was a metal fence. That guy in his uncoordinate fall hit the fence first and after that he hit the ground head first (very hard). His friends took him away from there (at that time he was on his feet) and since that nobody saw him till the end of the gig. It was half accident but Randy act like an agressive idiot, they played amazingly good but their acting ruined the evening.
    Does no one else read the comments? If what BurnedGuitarist said is true it became Randy's fault when he called off security and took matters into his own hands. It is manslaughter, the only way it could be deemed accidental is if Randy tripped and fell into the guy knocking him off stage. He's too rich to go to prison though, just ask Vince Neil.
    WholeLottaIzzy
    If the fan died due to injuries sustained from the fight, then fair play. The guy should be arrested and charged appropriately no matter who he is.
    qrEE
    EyesWideOpen wrote: Well I know that Blythe is something of a violent dumbass redneck drunk so I'm not gonna side with him on this. Plus Lamb of God are awful.
    Wow, somebody who has negative things to say about a guy... AND hates his band? Yes, we definitely can tell that YOU have an unbiased opinion.
    Pat_s1t
    BurnedGuitarist wrote: I was at that show in 2010. The thing is, there was one fan (probably drunk), who kept climbing on stage. Randy calls off bodyguards and whenever this drunk dude climbed on stage Randy attacked him (the fan didn't start any fight, he just didn't get he is not welcome there, which was ofcourse his fault). Last time Randy cought him by his hair and threw him under the stage, unfortunately there was a metal fence. That guy in his uncoordinate fall hit the fence first and after that he hit the ground head first (very hard). His friends took him away from there (at that time he was on his feet) and since that nobody saw him till the end of the gig. It was half accident but Randy act like an agressive idiot, they played amazingly good but their acting ruined the evening.
    Guys, listen to this dude. Stop quoting stuff from the article that is misleading or untrue.
    AnnihilationUK
    sloppyjoe24 wrote: Proof that you don't **** with a death metal band.
    Lamb of God a death metal band.. Actual cringe.
    Silversleep
    The fan never should have been allowed to get on the stage for a third time, he should have been removed from the show if not after the first, then definitely after the second time. Instead Blythe told security to let him go because he wanted to deal with the guy personally, so yes, it's very likely he meant to hurt the guy pretty badly. That is why he is being charged with manslaughter, not murder. He did not plot to kill the guy, but what he did to him led to his death. No one should be defending him, at all. He had the opportunity to have the fan removed not once, but twice and he decided to be an ***** and fight him, so now he deserves to face the consequences.
    dewitt
    VandaLIZM wrote: It's very unfortunate that a fan has died, regardless of whether or not it was Dave's doing. As for his presidential campaign.... 'Now you've got something to vote for'
    Dave's not here, man.
    Vinzafy
    hellfireshell wrote: On another note, however serious these allegations are, being arrested for manslaughter is ****ing metal!!
    Being arrested for manslaughter is not "****ing metal," it's horrible. Unless you were arrested for killing Hitler, it's not "****ing metal." Though I am on Randy's side for now, given that he gave the guy three chances and in the era after the 2008 incident, it's still not "****ing metal." You're one of those dumbasses that give metal and its fans a bad public rep. What you're saying is, essentially, "being detained for possible killing another human being to whatever degree is awesome and I like that." Think before you comment.
    x0vincent0x
    Looks like a lot Americans are commenting here. In America he would never be arrested, because everybody would see this was self-defence/unlucky falling victim. But Europe is different. I live in Holland, and if you own a small supermarket here and you see a thief stealing and punch him in his face wich results in a broken nose. You will get sued because you used excessive violence. And the thief won't be sued because he probably had a difficult youth or something like that. I don't know much about the law in the Czech Republic, but i wouldn't be so sure about it that Randy Blythe will be free tomorrow.
    thenextkirk92
    purplexing wrote: CronoMagus wrote: A guy started a fight, and Randy finished it. People shouldnt instigate if they dont want to risk something. Just like Treyvon Martin. So that makes it rational to kill someone? Why are people defending an alleged criminal? Because you like his songs? If this was somebody else, I guarantee all of you would be the first to call for his imprisonment.
    He didn't kill him with intent, he pushed him off the stage for the third time. The guy died from the injuries.
    GeoffreySmis
    Well after the Dimebag incident i don't blame Randy for what he did. Some fans are just too damn crazy.
    JD Close
    so I get tickets to go see them, and he gets charged with murder? Damn it. Oh well, Dethklok and Gojira are brutal by themselves. Free Randy and all that.
    joeyreece
    Pretty shitty situation to be in. I can't say he's innocent just because he's one of my favourite vocalists, if he's responsible for the death of the guy then he should be penalized as any other man would be. Sure, Randy seems like a good guy, but this is manslaughter and not murder. The most innocent of people can be punished for manslaughter
    purplexing
    CronoMagus wrote: A guy started a fight, and Randy finished it. People shouldnt instigate if they dont want to risk something. Just like Treyvon Martin.
    So that makes it rational to kill someone? Why are people defending an alleged criminal? Because you like his songs? If this was somebody else, I guarantee all of you would be the first to call for his imprisonment.
    BurnedGuitarist
    DoubleBassCrash wrote: We'd hope that'd be the case, but laws differ from country to country. Hopefully there's some witnesses they can find from that show that will testify in Randy's defense. Crazy stuff, man.
    If we look at it from something I would call "american point of view", that guy shouldn't jump on stage. It was his fault at first place On the other hand, Randy wasn't really fair-play guy. That guy didn't attack him, he just wanted to stage dive and enjoy the gig of his favorite band. Randy calls off the bodyguards and handled it himself. I don't think he wanted to kill him but the force used was way out of context. Maybe there are some videos, but I'm quite sure he always wait till the guy turn his back to him and after that grab him by his hair and threw him down. It's really hard to judge, I didn't like Randys acting during whole concert, he was very agressive to fans. At least I would suggest him some anger managmenet lessons, because in my opinion, this is not how normal person is behaving
    Bubbles516
    People don't realize that we don't really know eff all about this case. Maybe he didn't cross the line, maybe it was one punch to the head that killed him. I mean we can't say he beat him to death violently. We don't know anything about it.
    Kowaru
    A Czech LAMB OF GOD fan who says that he attended the band's 2010 concert in Prague, described the incident on Facebook as follows: "I've seen many bands in that club like DEVILDRIVER, HATEBREED, etc. and every metal fan in Prague knows that this is one of the 'stage-diving-friendly' clubs. HATEBREED and DEVILDRIVER were OK with that. The guy climbed on stage and Randy slapped him and the guy fell on the ground (NOT off the stage), [Randy] sang few words to his face and pushed him back and said that he is not OK with people on the stage. A murder? I dont think so...that hit wouldn't kill you unless you're made of glass."
    EpiExplorer
    Oh thats nothing, Animals as Leaders had their guitarist arrested AND all their stuff was nicked.
    BurnedGuitarist
    x0vincent0x wrote: Looks like a lot Americans are commenting here. In America he would never be arrested, because everybody would see this was self-defence/unlucky falling victim. But Europe is different. I live in Holland, and if you own a small supermarket here and you see a thief stealing and punch him in his face wich results in a broken nose. You will get sued because you used excessive violence. And the thief won't be sued because he probably had a difficult youth or something like that. I don't know much about the law in the Czech Republic, but i wouldn't be so sure about it that Randy Blythe will be free tomorrow.
    Very similar here in Czech
    Pol-Pot-Smoker
    BurnedGuitarist wrote: I was at that show in 2010. The thing is, there was one fan (probably drunk), who kept climbing on stage. Randy calls off bodyguards and whenever this drunk dude climbed on stage Randy attacked him (the fan didn't start any fight, he just didn't get he is not welcome there, which was ofcourse his fault). Last time Randy cought him by his hair and threw him under the stage, unfortunately there was a metal fence. That guy in his uncoordinate fall hit the fence first and after that he hit the ground head first (very hard). His friends took him away from there (at that time he was on his feet) and since that nobody saw him till the end of the gig. It was half accident but Randy act like an agressive idiot, they played amazingly good but their acting ruined the evening.
    Well, this post cleans things up for me here... that'll teach me not to speak before reading a little. If the dude was bothering him, he should have asked the security to remove the guy from the ****ing concert, calling them off and trying to make a tough guy impression was seriously dumb. Despite the fact that he didn't intended to kill him, it's something that could have been avoided easily. What a jackass. I WOULD have gave the guy some of the guilt if he tried to attack Randy, but he didn't. (Btw, who the **** beats up their fans like that for no reason? Remember of the early days of Sepultura? Fans used to get up drunk on stage all the time and Max Cavalera headbanged with them and ALSO kicked the ass of any security that was hostile towards the fans)
    miahdoll
    VandaLIZM wrote: It's very unfortunate that a fan has died, regardless of whether or not it was Dave's doing. As for his presidential campaign.... 'Now you've got something to vote for'
    Who's Dave?
    shoule79
    Wow for a site that has a lot of metal fans, you would think some of you may have actually attended a metal/punk/hardcore show over the last 20 + years. Singers push you off the stage if you get up to stage dive, sometimes they want to get you out of their way so they can continue on with the show, sometimes they like the practice and are trying to give them a bit more of a push so that they can get further into the crowd when they crowd surf. It happens, its common, if you go to concerts regularly you have seen this hundreds of times. It is a norm. I don't know his opinion on it, but i'm sure Randy has seen and participated in this. Every time you do this you are running the risk of injury, its hardly a safe activity. I myself have done this. If I get hurt, its nobodies fault but my own. You make a choice, you live with it. Promoters could stop the practice with more security and barriers, and fans could just stop stage diving. Fugazi's taken a lot of crap over the years for stopping shows when the pit got crazy. The problem is that moshing/stage diving is why some people go to shows. If they ban it, less people go to shows and it hurts the venue/bands bottom line. If they let it keep going on, random, rare incidents like this will happen. So the question I have is, do you re-jig the entire system for a random one-off, which may or may not have been the band members fault (sounds like he may have had a pre-existing condition that the fall aggravated IMO), or do you just go in realizing that your actions have repercussions and certain actions you decide to participate in can get you hurt?
    JustRooster
    He beat a guy so hard he died, and you guys think it's BS he gets charges? Seriously...
    rtdgamefan
    EyesWideOpen wrote: Well I know that Blythe is something of a violent dumbass redneck drunk so I'm not gonna side with him on this. Plus Lamb of God are awful.
    Please, let me know how it feels to finally pull your head out of your ass when you decide to do so. Can't imagine the humidity in there is too great for the mind.
    baneofmorgoth
    If he truly was defending himself, the charges should be dropped. Honestly, if someone is threatening me with bodily harm, I'm going to defend myself. Fight or flight.
    AngelEyesRipper
    So are you telling me that this happened in 2010,and they did nothing then,so they thought,ok lets wait till he comes back to prague for a tour and then we will arrest him. ...Ok then.
    RockInPeaceDime
    Deathlock257 wrote: Mind Kill wrote: I can't ****ing believe how fanboys are defending him. If he MURDERED someone, he deserves to go to prison. DON'T DEFEND A MURDERER! If he really didn't do it, then fine. But if it turns out that he did you'd be an idiot to defend a murderer.
    Murder is the killing of another individual with intent or premeditation. Learn the proper use of words before throwing them around, especially on a topic like this.
    PhilipAndersson
    "This story is developing, so check back to Ultimate Guitar for the latest on the arrest." lol at this part.
    sewoo55
    BwareDWare94 wrote: Musicians have every right to defend themselves if overzealous fans come on stage and start fights. Randy did nothing wrong and that fan is responsible for his own death. End of story.
    You don't know shit.
    Basti95
    The court should rule in favor of it being ****ing METAL. \m/ Joking, i'm sure he didn't mean to kill him. Besides, he didn't even start it.