I know it, too, Randy. In fact, most of us sane folk believe these charges are bogus. But that’s neither here nor there. You’ve got to just deal with it and we’re behind you.
In a new interview, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe discussed his ordeal in Prague at length. If you didn’t already know, Blythe will likely have to return to the Czech Republic next year, where he spent more than a month in jail this past summer and where he is accused of having a hand in the death of a fan who was stagediving.
U.K.’s Metal Hammer printed the interview, in which Blythe says it was critical his post-prison statement was respectful of the alleged victim’s family.
“Going to prison sucks, and being in prison is not fun, but what I went through and the uncertainty I face now is absolutely nothing compared to what this family is going through,” says Randy. “They lost their son and that’s about as bad as it gets for a human being, to lose a child. That’s not supposed to happen. I can’t claim responsibility for this because I am innocent, I believe that in my heart of hearts; if I thought I was guilty, then I wouldn’t even have accepted bail. I was raised by very moral parents who said you have to face up and take responsibility for your actions. But I believe I’m innocent…I know I’m innocent.”
Randy says he remembers the show in Prague.
“It was the first time we’d ever played in Prague so I remember that. I remember I read during the day, and I remember that gig and a lot of people being onstage. Then as soon as I got off stage, my publicist called, and told me Paul Gray was dead. This was right after we got off stage. All of that makes that show memorable.”
Blythe had no idea anyone had been injured during the gig.
“There’s people that get hurt at every metal show, but it’s not like we ran away after the show. We were there until late in the morning, the crew was unloading and I was sitting out in the alleyway calling people because people were blowing up my phone like, ‘Is it true that Paul Gray is dead?’ I was very sad and I spent a lot of time talking, but the show itself, I just remember a ton of people being onstage who should not have been onstage. We had no knowledge that anyone was hurt. But, like I said about the parents, my feelings about the justice or injustice of this has nothing to do with the reality that they are totally suffering through this. They need some answers and I feel ethically obliged, if I’m called to trial, to at least give my side of the story and explain to the best of my knowledge what happened so they can get some closure. I don’t have guilt over this because I am innocent, but it feels awful inside to me, terrible. A fan of the band is dead and his family suffering. It’s a very unfortunate situation and one I’d rather not have to deal with, but if you’re a good human being, an adult and a responsible, compassionate human being, then you show up and do the right thing, and that’s going and giving these people some answers.”
Blythe discussed the future of Lamb of God, and what the worst-case scenario would be.
“Ten years with no time off for good behavior. For my particular charge — we’re saying manslaughter, but it’s assault in the fourth degree with intent, resulting in the death of this young man — the sentence for that is five to 10 years with no time off. So the worst-case scenario is that get out when I’m 51, 52 years old. It’s not something I really try to dwell on too much, because it’s scary. I don’t want to go to prison, I don’t want that to happen, but the fact of the matter is it could happen. I will deal with it as it comes, that’s all! can do. If you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you’re pissing on the present. And right now, all! have is the present so I prepare myself the best I can. My band is behind me and my family’s behind me and we’re gonna do our best to prove my innocence. But worrying about a nebulous uncertain future, or being super-bummed out that l went to prison for 37 days does me no good.”
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