Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Speaks Out in First Jailhouse Interview
As three weeks have passed since the arrest of Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, there hasn’t been much news from Blythe himself. Lamb of God members, representatives and even Blythe’s wife Cindy have been relaying information from the vocalist to the public, but now Randy Blythe has been given the opportunity to speak in an exclusive jailhouse interview.
Blesk.cz, a Czech news site that has been delivering news about Blythe’s situation since the beginning, was able to sit down with Blythe and finally give him a voice. In the interview, Blythe says he has no recollection of the incident which has landed him in a Czech jail on charges of manslaughter. He also talks about how he has been spending his time in jail, his meeting with his wife and more.
Check out this rough translation of Randy Blythe’s first in-prison interview:
Blesk.cz: What is your recollection of the incident that happened at club Abaton in Prague during Lamb of God’s concert in May 2010?
Randy: “I don’t know anything about any sort of incident [that allegedly took place during the concert]. I remember very few details about the show, mainly because I have played a lot of concerts [before and after the gig in question]. I just remember that the stage at the club was very small, and we barely managed to fit our equipment on there. Also, apparently there was a security guard there because many people climbed onto the stage — including one small boy, in particular, but I could be mixing up details with what happened at other clubs. Since I don’t wear my glasses while performing, I see little more than blurry outlines. In any case, I did not attack anyone. The only way I could have come into contact with anyone from the audience was if I was protecting myself from [people bumping into me when climbing on the stage].”
Blesk.cz: How are you spending time in custody and with your fellow inmates?
Randy: “I read, I write letters to friends, family, and I also keep a diary. I get along very well with [my Mongol cellmate], and I am even trying to learn a bit of Mongolian. I’m starting to write a book about my time in the Pankrác prison and come up with lyrical ideas.”
Blesk.cz: Do you have reservations about cooperating with the Czech police and getting justice in your case?
Randy: “As far as the police is concerned, I believe that they have acted very professionally and followed the principles of good conduct. But in terms of justice, I honestly do not know what to expect because it is different than the U.S. I thought that if I made bail, I would be released.”
Blesk.cz: On Wednesday (July 11), you received a visit from your wife. Are you getting a lot of support from your family and your fans?
Randy: “My meeting with my gorgeous wife was beautiful and encouraging. I have received messages and support from family, my friends and my bandmates, who are all missing me, and I cannot wait to see them all.”
Blesk.cz: You have made bail, and it appears that you will soon be released from prison. What are your future plans?
Randy: “If I go back to the U.S., I will mow the lawn, spend some time with family and plunge right back into performing, so that I can pay for my legal fees. I have to help my friends earn some money so that we can live decently. If I had to stay in the Czech Republic, I would look at the sights, especially in Prague. I would follow Kafka’s footprints and I would eat dumplings.”
Blythe is set to appear in Czech court on Thursday, July 19, to learn whether his posted bail will be accepted or if the Prague Municipal Court will deny Blythe’s release. If his posted bail is rejected, Blythe could potentially spend up to six months in prison.