Due to the mounting fees surrounding Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe’s current legal battle in the Czech Republic, last week his band mates set up a donation page via their facebook. Those who actually read the statement on the donation page will know that this was in no way a call for charity from the band, but rather Lamb of God was just providing an outlet for fans who wished to support their brother in the metal community in a way that was a bit more productive than arguing on every metalsucks post about the situation. The post even says:
“While we appreciate the outpouring of support, we are not interested in trying to profit or gather press or sympathy from this event. We have assembled this page to make it possible for people that feel so inclined to donate to the expenses incurred in defending this case.”
It seemed like a pretty harmless decision on the band’s part; give the fans who want to a chance to help out Mr. Blythe, and maybe reduce the growing size of their legal fees. However, for some idiotic reason there has been a great amount of backlash from the metal community at large in response to the actions of the band.
To address this criciticm, as well as to thank and acknowledge the support from the fans, band guitarist Willie Adler took to his facebook and posted this response:
“I want to thank all of you again for your un-waivering support in all of this. It’s greatly appreciated and does not go with out notice. I’d also feel re-miss by not mentioning something else.
As you all know, a legal fund has been set up in regards to our current situation. We’ve received quite a bit of backlash which I’d like to respond to. We are by no means requesting charity, nor are we demanding money from our fans.
We have received dozens upon dozens of requests from supporters wanting to help in any way possible. This was a direct response to that in order to give fans a voice in all of this if they choose to do so.
By no means are we trying to make a dime off of this. Trust me, we live for our fans and would never attempt to profit off of them. This is purely a response to those that reached out wanting to extend any and all help.
Which we couldn’t be more thankful for. It brings tears to my eyes as I write this just thinking about the outpouring of support we’ve received.
Collectively, we will bring Randy home. He is my brother, your brother, and more importantly, an innocent man being wrongfully detained. I thank you all again, for everything. I love you all.”
Once again, you can see that the band is in no way trying to exploit this situation, and it’s pretty ridiculous that they have been accused of such. If you want to donate any funds to help the cause, you can go here.
We here at Heavy Blog haven’t really been reporting up-to-date on Randy Blythe’s situation — other sources have been doing a great job already as it is — but we have been following the situation like everyone else, and before I end this post I want to say that we fully acknowledge that this is a very startling event, and everyone’s emotions are on overdrive. A fan died, and that is a tragedy in of itself, but for us to get through this we have to let the discourse on this subject be open-minded and understanding. We need to stop jumping to conclusions and look at things from all perspectives.
While I fully support Lamb of God and Randy Blythe, there is a possibility that this death was his fault, and as far as we know he has not been subjected to any unlawful action on behalf of the Czech Republic, and there is no way that we can possibly know every little detail of the case. So while it may seem to us that the man is innocent, especially after seeing the videos that have surfaced, we really don’t know what evidence the prosecution is working with. So, let us all be patient, and open-minded, and eventually we’ll all get through this. Hopefully, with Randy back home in the states.