Randy Blythe's Trial 'Bankrupted' Lamb of God, Says Drummer Chris Adler

The band paid over $500,000 throughout the entire process, the drummer reveals.

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Although the fact that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was found not guilty on his manslaughter charges is what matters the most, the entire court battle still made a severe financial impact on the band.

During a recent chat with the Virginian-Pilot, drummer Chris Adler discussed just how much was the band financially set back by the legal ordeal, revealing a hefty sum of over half a million dollars.

"Not only were we not able to generate any income, but we ended up having to pay more than half a million dollars in legal fees," the drummer said. "It bankrupted the entire band, no money left for any kind of payroll or anything. When Randy was acquitted, everything was on the line at that point. Either it was completely over, or we had a chance to get back out there and pay these bills and get ourselves back on our feet."

Adler also confessed that the trial made him worried about his own financial future, saying, "We have kids now, and it was nice to spend that time at home. But in the back of your head, it's always nagging you: 'Is my career over? What am I gonna do now?'

"I love this job. Every night is a Friday night, and when that's threatened, you get scared."

The drummer concluded the chat with the following: "From an outsider's view, this is just an example of how metal could be dangerous or harmful in some way, and that's unfortunate. But after this, we're going to be some kind of advocate for concert safety and try to make that stereotype very untrue."

As far as the group's future plans go, bassist John Campbell recently announced that Lamb of God is aiming to put out the new record by the end of next year, commenting that the five-piece had already sat down to discuss the future studio plans.

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    TheWhiteKeys101
    This is really sad. These guys worked their asses off all these years to be were they are now and then something like this happens and knocks them off their feet. They don't deserve this and I hope everything falls back into place.
    Bubbles516
    It was only in 2004 with Ashes of the Wake that they even started to have any financial security where they could quit they're jobs. To bad that when they get to the point where they can reap the rewards something like this happens. I also love Chris' comment on how he loves his job and every days a friday. Nice to see he appreciates things
    rabb1t34
    just remember kids. keep downloading their albums instead of paying for them. because they dont need the money..
    dyingturtle
    Do you one better. I won't download or buy their albums because their sound is very generic. Also, I love how anytime somebody gets corrected on their terrible English (How do people not know the different your, you're, their, they're, there, to, too, etc. ??? ) it's always because "It was early in the morning" or "It was late at night"
    Breakingpoint56
    I feel like people who make grammatical corrections on the internet lack any serious victories in their lives and feel the need to be needlessly hostile to complete strangers on the internet. Lets make a big deal out of it when they are submitting a thesis and not a music article, teacher of the year. Same goes for Westley up there. Punk ass kids.. Anyways. This really sucks. He shouldn't have had to go through this shit to begin with if that dumbass kid would have stayed off the ****in stage.
    Ardolino_Cool
    I think Grammatical corrections are fine on the internet. If there is some form of typo, understandable. But for example, if I were to talk about the notes of a G Major scale having F# and C# I would be corrected on that, and if I made that mistake be happy to be taught the correct theory, similar to someone teaching me correct grammatical terms. People just get pissed off at being corrected with grammar, because deep down they know that it upsets them as they can't do something they have been taught and doing since they were kids, without getting it wrong.
    The_Dayman
    That's quite the assumption to make about somebody just because they correct somebody's spelling. Holy shit.
    Breakingpoint56
    Why else in all seriousness would someone be concerned about a person they've never met's spelling? It's the only thing that makes them feel superior and it's really freakin sad.
    The_Dayman
    Why are you so angry about the fact that they care about somebody else's spelling?
    BledGhostWhite
    Probably because people make more mistakes early in the morning or late at night. Statistically, that makes good sense to me. And if "terrible English" qualifies as using the wrong they're/their/there, then you're wasting your time on the internet.
    brokndwn06
    here u go again blamming downloads...and where is there record company? ohhh sleeping in there 15 room 3 garage house...
    ninjainvader
    Or keep downloading their albums and go to their shows/buy merch direct from the band because that's a much better way to support them anyway and don't be a condescending jerk face.
    Shadowlord3
    make a kickstarter for LoG. if little shits like Tobuscus can have people pay him to make a game then loyal fans that want to help a band important to them and see them thrive should be able to do so. like most kickstartes, you can have exclusive gifts for donating a certain amount that u wont be able to get anywhere else.
    The_Dayman
    I don't even like LoG and I'd probably donate something. This was all a complete load of shit. Sad for both the band and the fans. It's disappointing to hear a band that's worked this hard go through financial struggles over something like this.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Hell, I'd throw down $5 or whatever. LoG isn't my favorite band, but they do have some catchy riffs.
    Superperfex
    I'd be more than happy to help fund the recording of their future albums. The fans would be glad to help! Get them back on their feet, and back into their vibe.
    Cazman
    I don't know the Czech laws, but shouldn't the lawyer and court fees be borne by the plaintiff (the state in this case, I presume) if Randy was not held liable?
    crazysam23_Atax
    That's not even how it works in the US really...
    Cazman
    It's how it works in a lot of countries, US is not the benchmark for legal systems. If you get wrongly accused of something you shouldn't have the financial burden afterwards.
    GibsonMan321
    Total bullshit how that all went down... Hope they come back with a vengeance with their new album!
    Nero Galon
    Not a fan or listener of the band but wish them the best still, situations like these suck.
    grizzzzly_adams
    Ill be honest, i havent bought a cd in a while... im going to go out and buy a LoG album now.. they are awesome dudes and deserve my money!!
    sca.smith
    If they set up a Kickstarter for their new album, I'd throw a few dollars in their direction.
    Rabje1234
    I wish them the best! I was lucky enough to see them a few days before he got arrested.
    funkbass369
    To those saying that $500,000 isn't enough to bankrupt them, I personally know one of the children of a member of the band and have been to their house. It is a nice house, but very average and not at all what you'd expect from a rock star. I'd be surprised if they made a shit ton of money. The family lives very normally.
    DanBrown93
    Please, let's make an effort to buy the new album. This really is a time where a band needs the money and the help, and they really have proven themselves by now. Let's all make sure we can help them
    Mantiss
    Buying one of they're CDs won't help them a whole heck of a lot. Just go to one of their shows, you won't regret it. Remember kids, this is a metal band, they aren't made of money. It's not the 80's anymore. You'd be surprised how many popular bands out there are struggling to survive financially.
    5angelo5
    Record deals are horrible. Typical arrangements are where the artist makes about 8 to 10 cents an album after its all said and done paying lawyers, agents, producers etc. I dont know LOGs deal of course but for instance Van Halen was in debt over two million dollars after their first album that went platinum many times over. So even during a time in where artists did sell albums they were in debt a major amount of money so just think of today in where no one sells albums and a band has to rely on touring to make money. Van Halen would get a paycheck of %83.80 every week for the 4 of them to split. This article and video explains it all. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/2011070...
    k.lainad
    UG should seriously ask the band if they can start a fundraiser for them. We can all throw in like 5 bucks or whatever. I think it wouldn't be too bad of an idea.
    HardAttack
    Do them a favor; buy their t-shirts. Buy all of their albums if you haven't already. If you haven't, buy their deluxe editions. Go see them live, even in small venues. Stream their music on services like Spotify and Pandora so they get royalty money. Oddly enough I was shopping for some new band t-shirts the other day and I had a Lamb of God one picked out. I'll add another to the cart since I read this. Hope they can stay together and their families can ride this out.
    Yakisobayum567
    I don't think you can just buy there t-sirts anywhere can you? They don't make profit that way either I don't think ,YOu'd have to buy EVERYTHING at their shows. That's where they would get most profit at
    Punk_Kid
    That "gibberish" is actually a real language. Please be more culturally sensitive in the future.
    skynyrd
    I was fortunate enough to meet LOG in Germany back in 2006 on the Unholy Alliance tour and they were just the nicest & friendliest people. We sat and had a few beers and shared some stories after their set. I hope they get back on their feet soon and I will continue to support them. Not only because they're great people and talented musicians but because their music also kicks some serious ass.
    theused101
    it sucks that a little douchebag like chief keef can get 4 million for his shitty music that basically is just promoting violence here in chicago, but an awesome band of honest good people like lamb of god get caught up and dont even have the finances to stay relaxed in this situation. cant wait to see these guys rise.
    funkbass369
    Chief Keef's networth is $500,000. That includes all his assets.
    theused101
    thats because hes 17 and hasnt collected the cash he got from interscope yet. his grandma has it
    GMPX
    Seems like these guys have been around for a while, been on some big tours, probably sold a crap load of tshirts, I'm surprised 500K has sent the entire band broke.
    hamsteroceros
    Yeah, cuz they've never spent a single dime that they've earned. Ever. Jesus Christ what a naive post.
    Megdidar
    That's not what made them broke. What made them broke was the large length of time that they could not create any income due to their singer and frontman being incarcerated.
    CollyOBrien
    I love Chris Adler so god damn much it's worrying hahaha Can't wait to hear his input on the new PTH album
    hEadShoVeL
    put it out and i will buy it as usual heck i will buy more of the official merch LOG must now fade any monetary help is good for them at this point
    Wylde@Heart
    Well, whenever they come here, I'll have to go see them in concert, and bring along as many friends as I can find.
    julianholguin
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    julianholguin · Jun 21, 2013 06:56 AM
    Desenova913
    Glad to see them back on their feet. The are such an underrated band and highly intelligent.
    i_am_metalhead
    They should put themselves out there for some studio sessions to earn some more money on the side. They're all very talented musicians.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Well, Chris is drumming on the new Protest the Hero album, so that'll earn him a nice check. (Although, the reason for that is because he knew the former PtH drummer, so it's not like he just randomly showed up and got the gig.)
    Exelion
    Excuse me, but haven't him won the cause?! Why all the bills are on him? Shouldn't be on the loser?
    crazysam23_Atax
    That's not how legal fees work...
    Exelion
    SO, if someone is wrongly accused for something, he have to pay for defend himself... Even if he wins?! I mean, even here (Italy) this kind of things work better... And I'm talking about Italy, you know!
    Skaden
    You might understand now why most of the world's population hate Lawyers : )
    Mephaphil
    It does seems strange that that amount if money would cause them severe financial difficulties. Especially for an international band.
    baumaxx1
    The members probably don't even earn that much a year considering how much it costs to tour internationally. The funds for Randy's legal fees probably came from their salaries... It's a metal band; they're probably bringing home an average wage to support their incomes.
    acglee
    Unless your one of the very top earning bands, in particular those that amassed huge album sales prior to downloading reducing album sales (Maiden, Metallica, GnR etc), then you'd be surprised how many great bands make significantly less money than you'd imagine. Even with success rock bands tend to pay out for expensive houses and cars etc during their prime but fail to sustain the income from their peak of popularity. I bet a lot of the bands I listen to can't afford to sit back and not work for a year. Pity Maynard has his winery income or we may have had another Tool album by now! :
    latinromans
    Well I guess we know how to fix that situation, anyone here know any REALLY intimate details about Maynard's life?
    i_am_metalhead
    No one band has ever made much money off album sales. The labels have always been the ones who make the money. They just used to offer bands larger signing bonuses when they signed with them because the label knew they'd make that money back in sales. Royalties have always been virtually non-existent.
    NZealand
    They lost $500,000 and they're bankrupt? Yeah right...
    TheWhiteKeys101
    Its not just the $500 000 they had to pay, its also that period of time that they had to wait for the verdict and weren't touring, thus making no money off of shows and merchandise. A metal band like LoG can't rely simply on album sales dude.
    Yax
    The 80's was the time when bands of LoG's popularity stature bathed in money. If they say they have it tight financially, then they have it tight.
    skyturnedred
    There's no money in record sales, all their income comes from touring. And even being in a band as big as Lamb of God doesn't make them millionaires.
    link no1
    Typical idiot comment. I bet you think they get every penny of CD/merchandise sales and touring don't you?
    metal@hart11
    You gotta remember it takes money to make money. Any revenue from albums, shows and merch gets pumped right back into more merchandise, equipment, wages ect so they can continue to entertain. The band only take's home a small fraction for their hard work
    BledGhostWhite
    In case you haven't noticed, $500,000 is a lot of money. Even to people in relatively successful bands.
    crazysam23_Atax
    You do realize that bands aren't just rolling in money, right? They have to tour, or they lose potential money. They generally owe studios for album releases and such as well. This isn't the '80s anymore.
    BealeStBlues
    I could be wrong but I think he means the band is bankrupt. Not that each individual is bankrupt. I'm sure they don't make a ton to begin with but the band as a business needs to have money in order to pay for things like merch and other non album, non ticket sale things they do.
    zackk
    This was a bad situation, but he shouldn't have taken money from the band. He should have used personal funds. These things happen and, while it's a terrible situation for Blythe, the band's money probably shouldn't have been used at the expense of the other members.
    legendaryjj10
    This incident wasn't a private incident though. The incident happened at a show the BAND was playing together. Just because it was Randy who was the one on trial doesn't make it less of a band experience.
    munkybusiness
    I bet Jeff Hanneman would swap being dead for Slayer being Bankrupt. These guys have the rest of their lives to record, tour and earn. This is nothing but a minor pitstop in the grand scheme of it all. (logically, they will make a lot of money on the road now the threat of them 'being out of business' as it were is out of the equation. get back to work. 500k is nothing. Look at the possible grand gig scores out there. Download. Wacken. ozzfest. Orion. Just don't kill anymore fans and you'll be very rich in about 10 years time.
    legendaryjj10
    Have a bad day? Don't worry because there is someone ALWAYS worse off than you. Feel better yet?
    munkybusiness
    In this tragic time for the 17 lamb of god fans left out there, i'll humbly apologise for my truthful statements to spare your feelings. god bless you all and hopefully one day, they'll be on jeff hannemans level and make a decent record. I love you guys xxx
    kill it
    Wow, the label didn't step up to the plate at all. Surely they would want to help keep Randy out of jail to continue making money from the band.
    Skuzzmo
    And what if he was found guilty? Suddenly the record label is seen to be financially supporting a killer..... not good PR.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Why would the label step up? Their sole interest is profits. They'd be losing money. They also figure if he was guilty, that Blythe would never contribute to making money with LoG again.
    AndSteve
    Someone contact them and tell them to start a Kickstarter! I am sure fans will gladly contribute to getting the band back on their feet. I barely even listen to them and I know I would give them a few bucks.
    rebornmaster9
    this is terrible, if i had the money i would buy every one of there CDs t shirts ect and donate money to them
    Sparda93
    if the fans paid 5 dollars each to an account owned by LOG, wouldn`t that help the band record the album? Immensely help them?
    munkybusiness
    Or they could just catch the next festival and use that money. Big bucks on the big shows. They've waited this long. They could be writing and rehearsing. Why should we have to pay when half their best buddies will already be millionaires. The band franchise may be bankrupt but I don't believe the individuals have no money in their own banks.
    aerosmithfan95
    I never listened to them that much, but these guys seem like really great people and musicians. It's sad to seem them lose out n that much money. I hope everything works ut for them.