Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Talks About His First Gigs After Release From Czech Prison
On Aug. 17, 2012, Lamb of God performed their first show after the arrest and imprisonment of vocalist Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic. Randy had spent over a month in jail and had paid roughly $400,000 bail, and shortly after returning to the U.S., Lamb of God headlined the Second Stage of the inaugural Knotfest.
Knotfest was held on two consecutive days, the first in Slipknot's home state of Iowa and the second in Somerset, Wis. Shortly after Lamb of God finally took the stage on the first day, fan-filmed footage captured a priceless moment where Randy Blythe walked onstage to a thunderous ovation, arms spread to the thousands in attendance.
"Machine Head blew the power on our stage before us, so we went on a half-hour late … these people are standing there in front of the stage for an hour," Randy tells us in the clip above. "I'm used to hearing them chant 'Lamb of God! Lamb of God!' but they were chanting 'Randy's free! Randy's free!' and I'm like, 'Woah, this is really overwhelming.' Because 10 days earlier, I was locked up in a 123 year-old prison."
Randy continues, "It wasn't as cathartic as you'd think it would be because I was kind of, like, overwhelmed. But the next day, we played in Wisconsin and it really hit me. It was more like, 'Okay, I'm out of prison, I'm onstage, I'm doing my thing.' And then this huge lightning storm is going off all around us; playing in the lightning and I'm like, 'Alright, this is crazy.'"
Randy adds there was another perk about playing that first Knotfest gig. "There were lots of girls who showed me their boobs that day, it was very kind of them," he recalls. "They wanted to welcome me back into population, I suppose. [Laughs]"
Lamb of God's VII: Sturm und Drang album is due July 24 via Epic Records and it's available for pre-order in a variety of bundle options at this location. Randy Blythe's Dark Days book is out today, and available at Amazon. Keep track of his book signings and all of Lamb of God's tour dates here.
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