Lamb of God Forced to Cancel Tour Dates Due to Singer's Continued Incarceration

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Due to the continued incarceration of Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band's co-headlining tour with Dethklok is being cancelled. A press releases states the band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy's release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. It further states that 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.

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Blythe was arrested on June 28, prior to Lamb of God's show at Prague's Hard Rock Cafe, and later charged with manslaughter for a 2010 incident that took place at the band's show at Club Abaton, in Prague. According to reports, a fan jumped up onto the stage where he and Blythe tussled resulting in injury to the fan, who then later died, allegedly as a result of those injuries.

The day after the arrest (June 29), the band's publicist, Maria Ferrero, released the following statement:

"Lamb of God management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.

"Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.

"Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate."

Since that time, Blythe has posted bail ($400,000), but was denied release after the prosecutor challenged it. A hearing on that challenge is scheduled for Friday, July 27, with a final ruling coming between 5 and 10 days following that.

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