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Free Randall Blythe
PMpFri, 27 Jul 2012 15:25:18 +000025Friday 1, 2010, 3:25 pm
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On December 8th, 2004 in Columbus , Ohio a man named Nathan Gale attended a concert for a metal band named Damageplan. He came with a loaded 9mm Beretta. Somewhere during the music set, he stormed the stage and took very deliberate aim at Darrell Abbott aka Dimebag Darrell, the former guitarist for Pantera and driving force behind establishing the unique sound of “groove metal.”. He fired 3 shots and killed Darrell, along with 3 other people and wounding seven more. It was a sad day for everyone involved and a tearful day for the entire metal music scene.

Fast-forward to May 24th, 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic and we find ourselves at the concert for another “groove metal” band, Lamb of God. A young fan repeatedly storms the stage, only to be thrown off by security personnel and even band members. This fans third and final attempt to storm the stage results in him being hurled off the stage where he lands awkwardly on his head on the concrete floor. He later dies of his injuries.

Anyone who has ever been to a heavy metal concert knows that there is always some asshole who wants to, tries to or succeeds in storming the stage. Sometimes they do it just to turn around and stage dive. Sometimes they get so riled up by the music they want to shove the band. But after Dimebag Darrell died, no metal performer would ever look at a fan storming the stage the same way again. For all intents and purposes, the singer, guitarist, bassist or drummer could push that motherfucker right off the stage. But they don’t have to get involved because of the big, burly security guards lumbering over the audience. The singer of Lamb of God, D. Randall Blythe, would have been within his rights to push the fan. But according to people who were there, he either didn’t touch him at all or he barely touched him.

Fast-forward to June 27th, 2012 and Lamb of God touch down in Czech Republic again for another concert only to find police waiting for them. Randall Blythe gets arrested for manslaughter. He posts a $200,000 bail, but the courts are afraid he’s going to skip bail and trial so they refuse to let him leave and have since raised his bail to $400,000 (double his salary). He is officially charged with manslaughter and faces up to 10years in prison if he is convicted of causing the death of this fan who decided to storm the stage after being thrown off twice. Randall is being held at the historic Pankrác Prison in Prague, Czech Republic.

This is absolutely outrageous that he is being held and charged with manslaughter. Unfortunately, people have died at concerts. People have sustained major injuries at concerts. Axl Rose has catapulted into an audience and pounded an ignorant fan with a microphone stand. I have been blocked from going onstage at a metal concert. But if you manage to get on and then stage-dive or get thrown off by security, why do it again? Don’t act like an ass-hat. If anything, charge the security company or the guard. Don’t charge the lead singer of the band for protecting himself and his band from some dumb-ass fan who felt the need to put himself and the band in danger.

Free Randall Blythe. Get him out of jail right now! Spread the word about this, it needs more publicity. This is not some delusional fan trying to support his favorite artist after he did something wrong, this whole situation IS wrong. The media needs to know about this. The Czech Republic are holding him in jail after he has paid his bail while they investigate. Not only should he not be charged, but he should not be in jail right now. Please inform people and spread the news to media outlets so this can get the coverage it deserves. Metal fans are up in arms over this, and the rest of the population should be too, no matter what music you listen to.


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