LAMB OF GOD bassist John Campbell is featured in a new interview with Rock Revolt Magazine. An excerpt is available below:
The inevitable subject of Randy Blythe’s arrest and incarceration in Prague for over five weeks which resulted in the cancellation of the tour earlier in the summer made Campbell’s mood change to dead serious. Solemnly he recalled, “The experience had such a profound effect on us as people, as his friends, as a band as a whole. We were seriously just so worried about him that all we really did was sit around in shock with our friends and families most of the time, waiting for word from his attorneys. It was excruciating emotionally and to say that it was a difficult and trying time is an understatement.”
The overwhelming consensus in the U.S. from musicians and fans alike has been that although in the past jumping up on stage and stage diving were just standard fare for a metal show, ever since a fan gunned down Dimebag Darrell Abbott (PANTERA) after jumping on the stage – that it simply is not ok anymore. John said, “It can get scary sometimes. You just don’t know anymore. We’re just trying to work. Granted, we are a hard-core metal band, so people are going to mosh and jump around and stuff, but there has to be a limit. We don’t want to get hurt and we don’t want anyone else to get hurt either.”
The interview is available as a pdf file here.
Praguepost.com recently reported that Blythe will stand trial on February 4th, 2013, on charges he caused the death of a fan at a Prague concert two years ago. The date was confirmed by the city’s Municipal Court today.
The court, which had three months to set a trial date, deemed there was enough evidence to proceed with the case, acting quickly after the Czech State Attorney officially filed manslaughter charges against the 41-year-old earlier this month.
“We have issued Randy Blythe with a court summons, and he is obliged to attend the hearing in person,” said court spokeswoman Martina Lhotáková. “The trial will determine the culpability of Blythe, and his potential punishment.”
Blythe was held in custody in the Czech Republic after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Czech police at the Prague airport on Wednesday, June 27th. It is alleged that during a May 24th, 2010 Lamb Of God concert, Blythe pushed a 19-year-old fan, who had climbed onstage, back into the audience. The fan lapsed into a coma and died of a bleeding in the brain fourteen days later.
Stay tuned for updates.