Heavy Metal band Lamb of God continued with U.S. tour plans as long as they could, pending the outcome of their incarcerated singer Randy Blythe. Yesterday, the group announced they would have to postpone their tour, due to kick off August 1st.
Blythe was arrested on June 27th while touring Europe, in connection for the death of a fan in 2010. The concert-goer sustained a head injury after charging the stage multiple times, then hitting his head on the venue floor. The incident was not reported. The fan left the venue on his own and later fell in to a two-week coma before passing away. The Czech police have charged Blythe with manslaughter, claiming he is responsible for the man's fall and consequent death.
Nobody was informed of a warrant for Blythe's arrest after the incident, until the band entered the country for a show last month.Bail was set at $200,000, which Blythe posted. The bail was then raised to $400,000 and Blythe is still incarcerated. No word has been given on whether he will be allowed to leave the country or when/if a trial date will be set. A petition was created in an effort to get the the U.S. government involved in this international case.
The band released 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 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band 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.
Popular Metal band Slipknot also released a statement noting Lamb of God would not be able to perform at their Knotfest concert festival on August 17th and 18th, and would be replaced with another act.
In Chicago, Lamb of God and Dethklok were scheduled to perform at the Congress Theater on August 21st. The band hopes to reschedule the tour in the near future, once Blythe's situation plays out.
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