Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe gave his first post-prison interview yesterday to Czech outlet TV Nova while at the airport. In the interview, he maintained that he wasn’t a flight risk, spoke about what he did with his time in prison, and expressed his sadness over the case. Also, a separate article with Nova TV has an attorney that claims that the 8 million crown bail is among the highest bails ever paid in Czech Republic history.
“I’m relieved to be out of jail,” Blythe told the channel while holding a bag that appeared to have a bouquet of flowers. “It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly fun. I’m relieved to be out of jail, but if it’s necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this board thing, I certainly will. I’m no flight risk.”
Blythe repeated his claim that he didn’t remember the show. “I’ve played thousands of concerts,” he said. “To people not used to this type of music, I know it must seem crazy and violent in it’s appearance, but that sort of activity is normal at a concert, that type of dancing. It is very tragic that a young man died. I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead and his family has to go through it, it’s terrible, I feel awful for them, but it’s a tragic coincidence.” He also said that he was “very surprised” to be arrested, and had no knowledge that someone was even hurt, let alone died.
He also spoke about his time in jail, and what he did to pass the time. “While prison is not exactly a fun place to be, but I had three meals a day, a roof over my head and clothes on my back, so I tried to be grateful for what I have instead of what I don’t have,” he said. “I read a lot, I wrote a lot, I wrote some new songs, I exercised in my cell, and talked to inmates. There’s not much to do in prison.” Wow – if you thought Lamb of God was angry already, we can’t wait to hear what the songs he wrote in jail are going to turn out like.
He was recognized by some in jail, and even signed autographs. “Some prisoners knew who I was, and I signed some autographs for them and some guards,” he said. “Even the people that didn’t know who I was, they knew why I was in there. Obviously, this case is in the media. Everyone, the inmates were very cool to me. Nobody was mean to me at all, I had no problems.”
You can check (Czech?) out the interview here.