Czech news outlet Blesk.cz has published the first interview with Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe since his arrest on suspicion of manslaughter nearly three weeks ago. He’s currently being held in Prague until at least Thursday while a court decides whether to uphold his bail, which has been posted. During the interview, Randy comes out as thoughtful and respectful of the Czech legal system, even if he’s not sure why he’s being held. We took some liberties with the translation, so our apologies if we’re garbling any of the language.
What happened during the incident at the club during the Lamb of God concert at Abaton in 2010?
“I do not know about any incident. [I don't remember], because I have a lot of concerts. Just remember that the club [had] a small stage, which barely fit [the band[. Also, apparently there was a security guard because many people climbed onto the stage. I think that one small boy in particular, but I could be confused with other clubs. Since the concert I have [gotten] glasses, but then I saw very little more than outlines details. In any case, I did not attack anyone. The only way that could have happened was if I came into contact with the audience, was defending myself from someone unpredictable.
How do you spend time in custody with other inmates?
“I read, I write letters to friends, family, and am also writing a diary. I’m getting along well with the other inmates, and am even trying to learn Mongolian. I’m starting to write a book about Pankrác prison and write lyrics. ”
Do you have reservations about the work of the Czech police and justice in your case?
“As for the police, I believe that it is very professional and [they're following] the principles of good conduct. But in terms of justice,frankly I do not understand because it is different than the U.S.. I thought that if the group folds on bail, I’ll be released. Definitely do not understand how my case may be qualified as is, since our goal is to satisfy the audience that they liked the show and not be discouraged. ”
On Wednesday, you met your wife. Do you feel support from your family and fans?
My meeting with my beautiful wife was beautiful and encouraging. I have received messages and support from family, my friends from the group, who are all missing me, and I can not wait to see them all.
Assuming you make bail and get to freedom, what are your future plans?
If I go back to the U.S., I have to mow the lawn, spend some time with family and plunge back into performing, so I can pay for legal services and earn money so that we can live decently. If I’d had to stay in the Czech Republic, I would look at the sights, especially in Prague. I find, where Kafka went, and I will eat dumplings.
So there you have it. It seems like Randy is making the best of an awful situation. The fact that he’s keeping a diary and/or writing a book about his experience sounds like a positive. He’s an intelligent guy, and that sounds like it’d be an instant must-read. Not to mention, if he’s writing lyrics, it’ll be damned interesting to see how his time in Prague manifests itself on the next Lamb of God album.