Back in 2012, Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe found himself charged with manslaughter for allegedly pushing a 19-year-old fan offstage at a show two year priors and causing injuries that led to the fan’s death. The Lamb of God vocalist was arrested in the Czech Republic and spent 37 days in prison. After a trial took place and Blythe was found not guilty, he was able to finally go home.
In a recent interview that took place on March 30th with SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, the Lamb of God vocalist spoke to the possibility of the band playing in the Czech Republic again.
Per Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, this is what he said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“I don’t rule it out. But it would have to be under the right circumstances. I mean, I’m [legally] allowed to go there. But unless things were worked out in advance with certain people, I think it would be rude to go back there. Because if I went back there to play a show, it would be huge news. And there’s a family who’s still missing a son there. So I don’t wish them to be any more upset than they already are; they’ve suffered enough. So, if the circumstances were right and we had their blessing or whatever, I wouldn’t mind going and playing a show and then donating the money to charity or something. But other than that, Lamb of God really has no business going there, if the circumstances aren’t right, ’cause I don’t want to cause anyone any further emotional duress.”
Blabbermouth also shared the following quote from Blythe, pertaining to a comment of his when a fan asked if Blythe would return to the Czech Republic. (This comment comes from a Reddit AMA, done on June 2020):
“I would love to play in the Czech Republic again — I have nothing against the Czech people, and I was not mistreated there. Eventually I think we might play there again, but it will 100 percent have to be with the cooperation of the family of the young man who died, and I would want to give the money from the show to a charity they choose. If we played there, it would be a huge news story, and I do not wish to cause the young man’s family anymore pain — they did no wrong, and were not cruel to me at all; in fact they showed me great kindness. But they have suffered enough, so it is out of respect to them we have not returned. I hope the Czech fans understand.”
Lamb of God will be hitting the road soon with that of Megadeth, Trivium, and In Flames for the 2022 Metal Tour Of The Year. The Lamb of God vocalist and the band also recently joined forces with Megadeth to perform a special cover.
Words by: Michael Pementel