The band have also asked fans to donate money to cover Blythe's legal costs
Over 1,000 Lamb Of God fans are expected to attend a vigil for jailed singer Randy Blythe over the weekend.
Blythe was arrested and charged with manslaughter towards the end of last week and has been told that he will remain in prison for at least another eight days, despite posting bail of four million korun (£125,000).
The band’s fans have organised a vigil, which will take place on Sunday (July 8) on Brown’s Island in Richmond in the band’s home state of Virginia. Guitarist Willie Adler is expected to attend, as will over 1,000 fans, according to Tommy Streat, the event’s organiser and a friend of Blythe’s.
Asked about the vigil, Streat told local television network WWBT: “I know in my heart of hearts that Randy should not be in jail and the way he helps other people beyond the means most would go. I think it’s ridiculous that he’s in jail and I think we need to get him back on this ground in Richmond.”
He continued: “And until he’s here, we’re gonna be his voice. We’re gonna talk. We’re gonna get loud. Randy’s voice has been lost and we’re getting it back. If it was Justin Bieber, everybody would be talking about it.”
The band themselves have also appealed for fans to donate money to help them cover the legal costs of defending Blythe, posting a message on their official Facebook page asking for help.
They wrote: “As many of you know, Randy is being held in Czech jail for a crime we believe he did not commit. We are still learning about the legal system there and the situation is fluid. We have retained local legal counsel, have support from the U.S. embassy and we are flying over additional lawyers to try and assure that Randy has the best representation possible. As many of you have pointed out, the simple fact is that the legal fees are adding up very quickly.”
The band themselves have also issued a statement about Blythe, writing: “First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It’s noted and very much appreciated. We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily. Within an hour things can do endless 180’s. It’s maddening to try and make heads or tails.”
They continued: “We’re taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark. We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail.”
They continued further: “In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident. Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible. The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.
We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.”
Blythe’s arrest stems from an incident that took place on May 24, 2010 at the band’s show at Club Abaton in Prague.
According to reports, a fan jumped up on the stage where a tussle ensued in which the fan, known only as Daniel N, was injured. N, who fell from the stage and hit his head on the venue’s concrete floor, later died, reportedly as a result of those injuries.
Lamb Of God‘s manager Larry Mazer spoke out yesterday (July 5) and said that he believes Blythe is “innocent” and “should be released immediately”.