Band frontman Randy Blythe arrested for fan's death
Metal concerts are supposed to be a head-banging, adrenalin-rushing good time. But things got out of hand during a 2010 concert in Prague, which left a fan of Virginia-based metal group Lamb of God dead. Now, its lead singer is being questioned by police for his role in the concert death.
Randy Blythe is known globally for his work with not only Lamb of God, but thrash metal outfit Overkill and death metal group Cannabis Corpse.
But his songs may be getting a little too "real," as the 41-year-old is being questioned by Czech police for allegedly causing the head trauma that led to a fan's coma and, later, death, back in May 2010.
Czech daily Aktuáln?.cz reports it all started when Blythe chanted, "Come on up!" in between a few songs.
Apparently, a fan took that "request" very literally.
He rushed toward the stage and, as he was trying to climb on, eyewitnesses claim Blythe threw him off the stage.
Fan falls backwards. Hits head. Suffers traumatic brain injury. Slips into coma. Dies a few weeks later.
Lamb of God's management claims the fan tried to rush the stage three times, getting stopped by security the first few attempts.
They say on the fan's third try at the stage, Blythe had to take the matter into his own hands and push said concertgoer back into the crowd, where he fell on his head.
Czech media and the band's hometown CBS affiliate, WTVR, report the frontman could face up to 10 years behind bars for manslaughter.
Contrary to earlier reports, the band claims Blythe hasn't been "officially" charged with manslaughter.
The band canceled its show in Prague Thursday night, so Blythe could be brought in for questioning by police.
Music stars lend support
Lamb of God has since tweeted #FreeRandyBlythe. A number of big names have rallied behind Blythe and the band, including Slash from Guns N' Roses, reality TV alumnus (many times over) Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael.
Ben Orum of death core group All Shall Perish also tweeted that hundreds of dollars have been raised to help pay for Blythe's legal fees. And, apparently, there are already "Free Randy" T-shirts circulating, with proceeds going to "support the cause."