As Randy Blythe continues to be held in custody in the Czech Republic for manslaughter charges, rumors have started to speculate that Lamb Of God’s tour with Dethklok and Gojira was in jeopardy. While management at first downplayed the reports, it now unfortunately looks to be true: the tour has been canceled with plans to postpone it at a later date.
Lamb Of God’s publicist, Adrenaline PR, confirmed the news via the following statement:
“Due to the continued incarceration of Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1 in Seattle has been canceled. Lamb Of God regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December.
Lamb Of God wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no Lamb Of God.”
Adult Swim also made a statement regarding the cancellation:
“In light of circumstances beyond our control, the upcoming Dethklok and Lamb of God with Gojira summer tour has been canceled. Refunds will be available to customers who already purchased tickets through their point of purchase. We thank Dethklok fans for their continued support and look forward to releasing information about the band’s upcoming third album and a planned fall tour in the coming weeks.”
As unfortunate as this is, it also shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. If the court approves the prosecution’s latest request to deny bail, then Blythe won’t be going anywhere for a while now. And even if the judge denies that request, the singer still wouldn’t be able to make it in time for the tour’s kickoff. Here’s hoping that Lamb Of God will be able to reschedule this tour soon.