The vocalist spent five weeks behind bars in Prague while accused but not charged with manslaughter, related to the death of fan Daniel Nosek, who passed away a month after a Lamb of God show in 2010, allegedly caused by a head injury sustained when Blythe was performing.
Despite an almost total lack of assistance from US authorities he was freed on August 2 and immediately flew home to Richmond, Virginia – but vowed to return to the Czech Republic to clear his name because he feels “ethically and morally obliged” to help Nosek’s family find answers.
But that process will be expensive. Lamb of God have already paid two bail bonds of $200,000 – the first days after Blythe’s arrest, and the second when prosecutors objected to him being freed and the judge overruled them, but doubled the figure anyway.
Now all five bandmates are selling off items from their own memorabilia collections, including one of Blythe’s microphones and a range of drumkit parts, guitars and basses; plus a painting commissioned from Gwar frontman Dave Brockie.
Members of Machine Head, Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch and Slash have also contributed equipment in a bid to assist Blythe’s fight to prove his innocence.
Those items include a Phil Demmell guitar, a signed David Ellefson bass, a Slash guitar, 5FDP bass, guitar and skateboard.
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The band say: “All equipment was used on tour, in the recording studio or in a video.
“Lamb of God appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28, and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times. As stated before: without the fans there is no Lamb of God.”
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The outfit returned to the stage at Slipknot’s Knotfest event on August 17, where Blythe told a welcoming crowd: “I’ve been away for a little bit, but I’m back now.”
-Classic Rock Magazine