There’s been plenty of speculation surrounding the case of Randy Blythe. The Lamb of God frontman was taken into custody on June 27, 2012 by Prague police officers on charges of manslaughter concerning the death of Daniel N, a 19-year-old male who suffered head injuries while attending a Lamb of God concert in Prague on May 24, 2010.
Since his incarceration, Blythe’s bandmates, management, friends and fans have all expressed concerns and befuddlement in regard to the incident in question and the Czech Republic justice system. Lamb of God manager Larry Mazer said he and the band knew nothing of the incident before the arrest. Blythe remains in custody despite posting bail last month, with Prague Post reporter Jonathan Crane suggesting it could take up until 6 months before trial proceedings begin.
With so much controversy surrounding the case, Blythe has finally been given the chance to speak out about his arrest and ongoing time in prison. Speaking with Czech news outlet blesk.cz, Blythe opens up about his lack of knowledge about the incident involving Daniel N and how he is coping behind bars.
What happened during the incident at the Lamb of God concert at the Abaton club in 2010?
I don’t know about any incident. I play a lot of concerts, so I don’t remember that one in particular. I just remember that the club had a small stage, which barely fit the band and our gear. Also, apparently there was a security guard because many people climbed onto the stage — including, I think. that one small boy in particular. But I could be confusing that club with another club. I’ve gotten glasses since that concert, so now I [can see] more details, more than just outlines. In any case, I didn’t attack anyone. The only way I could have come into contact with the audience would be if I was defending myself from someone who had gotten onto the stage and was running or jumping around erratically.
How do you spend your time in custody? With the other inmates?
I read, I write letters to friends and family, and I’m also allowed to write in a diary. I think I’m getting along very well with the other inmates — I’m even trying to learn Mongolian [I think he may also be trying to say that he’s teaching them some English, but I’m not 100% on that. -Ed]. I’m starting to write a book about being in Pankrác prison, and I’m starting to write lyrics.