Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe On His Arrest: “They Looked Like They Were There To Apprehend A Terrorist”
The singer’s ordeal began when he was arrested at the airport in Prague back in June, ahead of what should have been Lamb of God’s first gig in the Czech Republic in two years, and stood accused of the manslaughter of a fan called Daniel Nosek back in 2010. Randy was thought to be responsible for head injuries the young man sustained while at a Lamb of God show, from which he died a month later. Describing his actual arrest, Randy quickly realised the gravity of the situation as he was met with heavily armed police – “the full-on SWAT team. They looked like they were there to apprehend a terrorist.”
Though the incident occurred in 2010, nobody informed Randy of the charges against him even though it’s now been revealed that the American government had been aware of them: “I saw one person from the [U.S.] Embassy. One. And they didn’t really do much for me. They were just like, ‘Are they torturing you?’ ‘No.’ ‘OK, goodbye.’ I didn’t hear anything from them.”
The singer was being held in Pankrác Prison, where he says he spent most of his time writing: “letters, poetry, lyrics for songs…I started the outline of a novel set in Pankrác, and a journal, because I’m sure there’s going to be some sort of book out of this experience.”
Despite posting bail twice, even after the amount was doubled, this was not enough to ensure Randy’s freedom, and it wasn’t until he had been through a 16-hour long court hearing that he was eventually able to go home.
However, Randy isn’t out of the woods yet as he awaits his trial, which is tentatively set to begin in December. Even on his way back to the US, he describes how at the airport he was “sweating it pretty hard, until the plane was in the air. I left the country entirely legally – I had my passport – but I was kind of fleeing the country at the same time.”
About the prospect of returning to the Czech Republic, he says “If I’m called to return to Prague, I will…naturally, there’s some trepidation. But it’s the right thing for me to do and stand trial if called – if only from the ethical viewpoint that this young man’s family is sitting there with a lot of questions still.”
The metal community has been stunned this whole saga, but Randy remains grounded, not wanting the focus to be on him but on the matter of doing justice and bringing closure to the family of Daniel Nosek. He admits that the support he has received, from the fans, total strangers as well as Ozzy Osbourne has been “extremely humbling”.
In his first official statement he said that “This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter.”
Earlier this summer Metal Hammer caught up with the Lamb of God boys at Download Festival. Check out the interview below: