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.
Posted on Jun 21, 2013 08:15 am
Although the fact that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythewas 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 Campbellrecently 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.