As the lead singer of a Richmond-based heavy metal band faces manslaughter charges for the death of a fan, musicians are sending their support.
At a concert in Prague in May 2010, a fan jumped on stage and Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe reportedly pushed him off. The fan was injured and later died.
Thursday, Blythe and his VCU bandmates arrived for a show in Prague, where police arrested him and charged him with manslaughter.
Late last night the band's official Twitter account tweeted the hashtag #FreeRandyBlythe" and supporters have jumped on the cause.
Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater tweeted, "Thoughts go out to my bro randy from log...just hung w him a few days ago. (here's a pic of him & max) #freerandyblythe"
Sebastian Bach of Skid Row chimed in: "randy hope u r ok.i have been sober this whole tour.1st sober tour ever.u r an inspiration.thx 4 your help @downloadfest #freerandyblythe"
The band's management sent out a statement saying "the case is only in the investigation stages," but stated "under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved."
They claim a fan jumped the barricade three times, rushed Blythe, security was not able to reach him and Blythe pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.
A Czech blog tells a different story, saying, "Blythe took a fan by the hair and threw him down" and wrestled with a second fan.
Video of the Prague show is on YouTube, but not of the incident. So, the courts will have to sort this out.
The band management says it will have more to say Monday.
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