After five weeks in a Czech prison, Lamb of God Lead Singer Randy Blythe is finally coming home.
NBC12 is hearing from Blythe for the first time. Internet video shows Blythe talking to Czech reporters shortly after he was freed.
"I'm relieved to be out of jail," said Blythe in a video post on Czech Republic's tn.cz. "It wasn't bad, but it wasn't exactly fun."
From MTV to the Washington Post, news of Randy Blythe getting out of jail spread fast. Assistant Manager at Plan 9 Music in Carytown, Emaleigh Franzak, says the Lamb of God frontman would visit often when he was in town, and she's delighted to hear he'll be back.
"I'm so glad. I'm so glad and I'm sure his wife must be so happy," said Franzak. "I'll be really happy to see him again."
In late June, Blythe was being held in a Czech Prison in connection to the death of a fan at a concert in Prague. Two years ago, a fan jumped on stage. Lead singer, Rand Blythe is accused of shoving him off. The fan later died of his injuries.
Blythe, who has not been charged with a crime, says he was unaware of what happened at the club. Fan and record store owner, Jay Leavitt says he's been following the stories and updates for the past five weeks.
"You pull it up, Google Randy Blythe hoping this was going to be the day, this was going to be the day, this was going to be the day. It just kept on dragging on, and you're like is the poor buy every going to get out," said Leavitt.
Previously, prosecutors objected to Blythe's release for fear that he'd flee the country. The courts granted him bond and allowed his return to the U.S.
Fans of the band on facebook have shared their relief and gratitude after hearing Blythe will return to Richmond.
The band has not commented on the ordeal, but posted on Twitter, "Randy is coming back home".
"If it's necessary for me to return to Prague to go to court, certainly will," Blythe said to Czech reporters.
Click here for access to the full interview.
Even though the band canceled its summer tour, the members have agreed to play in the Knotfest heavy metal shows in Iowa and Wisconsin. The publicist says the band is scheduled to go on tour this fall.
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