Randy Blythe might be a free man after his overwhelming trial in the Czech Republic on allegations of manslaughter, for which he was cleared, but at what cost? For one, a fan of theirs is dead, which is a tragedy. But also, while trying to free their band member's name, Lamb of God apparently went bankrupt.
So says drummer Chris Adler in a new interview with The Virginian-Pilot where Adler says that besides the exorbitant legal fees the band encountered from the trial, the band's inactivity during the trial meant no new income coming in, which eventually depeleted the band's funds:
“Not only were we not able to generate any income, but we ended up having to pay more than half a million dollars in legal fees,” said Adler, calling from a tour stop in Madison, Wis. “It bankrupted the entire band, no money left for any kind of payroll or anything. When Randy was acquitted, everything was on the line at that point. Either it was completely over, or we had a chance to get back out there and pay these bills and get ourselves back on our feet.”
It was this downtime, and lack of funds that pushed Adler's interest in collaborating with Protest The Hero on their upcoming release:
“We have kids now, and it was nice to spend that time at home. But in the back of your head, it’s always nagging you: Is my career over? What am I gonna do now?” Adler said. “I love this job. Every night is a Friday night, and when that’s threatened, you get scared.”
I'm sure everybody is happy to be back at work and on the road trying to recoup all the money and energy that was lost during the trial. Needless to say, now is a great time to buy some Lamb of God merch.
Lamb of God just completed a national tour and will be spending the next month overseas playing festivals. Read our previous coverage of the Randy Blythe trial right here.