Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe has written an open letter calling for greater stage security at gigs following his acquittal for manslaughter in March of this year.
The metal band’s frontman was found not guilty by a Czech Republic court after he was accused of causing injuries which led to the death of a fan during a gig in Prague in 2010. According to reports from the time, a fan named Daniel Nosek jumped onstage and a tussle ensued. The victim fell from the stage and hit his head on the venue’s concrete floor and later died, reportedly as a result of those injuries.
Now, as Spin reports, Blythe has published a lengthy post in which he asks fans to help ensure each other’s safety, and for venues to take greater responsibility. “If you are a fan and are going to a Lamb Of God show or ANY SHOW where there will be moshing, crowdsurfing, etc – know that what you are doing carries a risk,” he wrote. “Use your brain – if it is too rough for you, get out before you get hurt.
“This is our community, and we should take care of each other,” he added. “A show is a place we are supposed to be together, having a good time, supporting one another. The real world will beat you down enough – we don’t need to get stomped on at a show.”
Addressing the security measures adopted by venues, meanwhile, he said: “Security is there to protect the band, the fans, and your business. If you cannot prove a safe environment for a show that requires security and barricades, do not have it. You have no business playing around with people’s lives for a few extra dollars. No amount of money is worth the risk of someone dying in your establishment.”
The singer also said he had been inspired to write the letter due to him promising Nosek’s family that he would act as a “spokesperson for safer shows”. He added: “The family of Daniel Nosek never attacked me in the press. They never wished me ill, either publicly or privately. They did not smear my name in front of any judge, prosecutor, or police officer, did not stare at me malevolently in the court room. For this I am eternally grateful to them.”
Blythe was originally arrested on June 27, 2012 at Prague airport over the incident, which took place on May 24, 2010 at the band’s show at Club Abaton in Prague. He insisted he was “100 per cent innocent” of the charge and labelled the allegation as “ludicrous”, in addition to criticising the US government for failing to warn him that he was going to be arrested.