That didn't take long at all. Moments before boarding his flight back to the United States after being released from a Czech prison, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe gave his first interview to the Prague media. The site Nova.cz got the exclusive from the frontman. Watch the interview:
If you're at work and can't watch a video right now, here's a transcript. Asked if he remembers the incident in question:
“I’ve played thousands of concerts,” he said. “To people not used to this type of music, I know it must seem crazy and violent in it’s appearance, but that sort of activity is normal at a concert, that type of dancing. It is very tragic that a young man died. I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead and his family has to go through it, it’s terrible, I feel awful for them, but it’s a tragic coincidence.” He also said that he was “very surprised” to be arrested, and had no knowledge that someone was even hurt, let alone died.
What the prison was like:
“While prison is not exactly a fun place to be, but I had three meals a day, a roof over my head and clothes on my back, so I tried to be grateful for what I have instead of what I don’t have,” he said. “I read a lot, I wrote a lot, I wrote some new songs, I exercised in my cell, and talked to inmates. There’s not much to do in prison.”
Can you imagine how intense these new songs Blythe wrote are? Blythe even got recognized in jail:
“Some prisoners knew who I was, and I signed some autographs for them and some guards,” he said. “Even the people that didn’t know who I was, they knew why I was in there. Obviously, this case is in the media. Everyone, the inmates were very cool to me. Nobody was mean to me at all, I had no problems.”
How he feels now that he's been let out of jail:
“I’m relieved to be out of jail,” Blythe told the channel while holding a bag that appeared to have a bouquet of flowers. “It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly fun. I’m relieved to be out of jail, but if it’s necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this board thing, I certainly will. I’m no flight risk.”
You can watch the interview here.
Blythe was detained in a Czech prison for over a month on allegations that he pushed a fan at a 2010 show in Prague, and the fan suffered injuries from that push that eventually led to his death. Any footage released from the show does not show the incident.
[Transcriptions via Metal Insider]