Lamb Of God has issued an official statement following today’s announcement that Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe had been released on bail from a Prague prison. It can be read below.
LOG confirmed that they would be performing at the upcoming Knotfest and would be embarking on a U.S. tour in late October.
The statement read as follows: “After five weeks in a prison in Prague in the Czech Republic, Randy Blythe has been released on bail and is returning to the United States. Although LAMB OF GOD has cancelled their U.S summer co-headline tour with Dethklok and support from Gojira, the band has agreed to play the KNOTFEST shows on August 17th in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18th in Somerset, Wisconsin.
“The band is currently targeting October 26th as the start date for a U.S tour. Dates and cities will be released as soon as possible. Randy will be making a public statement discussing his time in Prague and thanking fans worldwide for their support in the next week.”
Earlier today, Martina Lhotáková, a spokesperson for the Czech Republic prison system revealed that Blyhe had been released. She stated: “The decision was reached yesterday at the end of a 16-hour closed session. The only condition of release was the approximately 8 million Czech Koruna bail.”
Blythe was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Czech police at the Prague airport on Wednesday, June 27. It is alleged that during a May 24, 2010 Lamb Of God concert, Blythe pushed a 19-year-old fan, who had climbed onstage, back into the audience. The fan lapsed into a coma and died of a bleeding in the brain several days later.
According to a report on Blesk.cz, Blythe boarded a direct flight to New York at 1:00 p.m. CEST and is expected to arrive on U.S. soil this afternoon. However, Blythe is not yet in the clear and will have to return to the Czech Republic to face trial.
In a statement released earlier today, Martin Radvan, Blythe’s attorney in the Czech Republic stated that the Lamb Of God vocalist will return to the country to stand trial. “That’s what he wants t do. As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear. There are posters with his picture all around the world, and if he wants to continue performing, he will have to return. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with.”
Stay tuned for further details.