Prague Municipal Court dismissed a motion to deny Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe’s bail in a closed session on Tuesday, according to an online newspaper in the Czech Republic, iDNES.cz. His bail was doubled from $200,000 to $400,000.
Blythe faces manslaughter charges two years after a man was allegedly tossed off the stage at a concert in May 2010. The fan later died, allegedly from injuries sustained in the fall.
Tuesday’s hearing means that even if Blythe can come up with the money (roughly two years of his annual salary, as mentioned previously by the band’s manager), the prosecution can still file another motion to reject the bail and the singer could remain in prison, according to reports.
He still has an upcoming bail hearing July 19.
Also, in the news, Blythe granted his first interview from jail with the Czech tabloid, Blesk.cz. Although confused by the country’s legal system, Blythe sounds upbeat and positive, noting that he is spending time learning Mongolian from his Mongol cellmate.
When asked about the incident in question, Blythe responds:
“I don’t know anything about any sort of incident. I remember very few details about the show, mainly because I have played a lot of concerts. I just remember that the stage at the club was very small, and we barely managed to fit our equipment on there. Also, apparently there was a security guard there because many people climbed onto the stage -- including one small boy, in particular, but I could be mixing up details with what happened at other clubs. Since I don’t wear my glasses while performing, I see little more than blurry outlines. In any case, I did not attack anyone. The only way I could have come into contact with anyone from the audience was if I was protecting myself from [people bumping into me when climbing on the stage].”
He also says that if he is allowed to return to the United States, he will likely immediately jump back into performing to raise funds for his defense.
“If I go back to the U.S., I will mow the lawn, spend some time with family and plunge right back into performing, so that I can pay for my legal fees. I have to help my friends earn some money so that we can live decently. If I had to stay in the Czech Republic, I would look at the sights, especially in Prague. I would follow Kafka's footprints and I would eat dumplings.”