In further developing news on one of last year’s most intriguing rock and roll news stories, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe – whose manslaughter trial began officially began on Monday (Feb.4) – has come out to publically criticize the inaccuracies of media reports from the local Czech Republic press.
Blythe is being accused of manslaughter in the death of a fan that died two weeks after being allegedly injured at the band's concert in Prague in 2010.
The singer addressed fans on Tuesday via his Instagram account. He posted a photo along with the following message:
"I have read a few news reports of the progress of my case, and trust me- many things are incorrect. But this is the Internet, and of course things are half-baked anyway. Keep in mind that translation is difficult, and many things can be lost, for Czech is a VERY DIFFICULT language. So wait and see, as I am. It is all I can do, except be honest & fight for my freedom in my own way.
"I also have heard of some people (not on here) talking smack about the Czech Republic, saying "F— the Czech Republic", etc. This not how it should be. This is a very sad case, not something to rage at people you do not know over. I am not angry with the Czechs at all. A fan of my band is dead- what do I have to be angry about? I am an INNOCENT man, but I am also a very sad man right now. To not be sad in this instance would be inhuman. But mad at the Czech people? Why would I be mad at them? Here, look at this picture - a mother watches her baby. The child reaches out for something new, laughing and chasing a pretty picture in the air. It is the same here as everywhere else. Do you see?!?!? Life is beautiful. I hope to see y'all soon."
Blythe posted an earlier message where he reflected on the city of Prague and his trial. He wrote, "Have you ever looked down on the ancient rooftops of Prague from the clock tower in Old Town Square? Have you ever seen the snow falling on the people below? It is a magical sight, for Prague is a magic place. While I am not happy to be here for the reason I am, I am not a blind man, nor am I a fool. Only a blind fool would not bother to see these things. It is quiet high above the city, and it is beautiful in a different way than the many other places I have been around the world. Prague has a long, complicated history. In many ways, I feel what is happening in my life right now could not happen anywhere else. I roam through the streets, asking myself questions, and there are quiet echoes of the city answering back. I have been here over two weeks now, preparing for this trial. I have walked many miles at night here. I am looking for life lessons in the snow."
It’s safe to say that this will be far from over. Moving on to a bit of quick news, the Arctic Monkeys will finally be coming back to the U.S. in May to perform a series of short tour dates – and we do mean short.
The mini tour will kick off with the band’s performance at this year’s Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA on May 24th until their final stop at the House of Blues, Dallas, TX on May 31st.
Other stops include concerts in Missoula, MT, Boise, ID, Denver, CO and Albuquerque, NM – actually, that’s pretty much the rest of them as you can see from the entire itinerary below.
May 24th Sasquatch! Festival, George, WA
May 25th Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
May 26th Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
May 28th Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
May 29th Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
May 31st House of Blues, Dallas, TX