Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Recounts Prison Life, Discusses Czech Trial Return
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe is now home and ready to discuss his time behind bars and his plans to return to the Czech Republic to face charges relating to his alleged involvement in the death of a fan during a show in 2010.
The singer told Rolling Stone that he had a lot of time on his hands while in jail. He explained, “Except for Saturday or Sunday, when you get to sleep in until 7, I’d wake up at 6 o’clock, make my bed, brush my teeth, drop and do some push-ups, meditate some and then talk with my cell mates until breakfast arrived. Ate some breakfast, which is just bread and some sort of meat spread or cheese. One time they had this cheese from Moravia, and it smelled like the bottom of a dumpster in an alleyway on a hot August day.”
Blythe says a lot of his days were spent on more mental pursuits, explaining, “I’d divide my day into serious reading and writing, and relaxing reading. After breakfast I would start serious reading. At 10:30, they would bring us hot water for instant coffee, then read until lunch. Lunch is the big meal of the day in the Czech prison – it was always soup accompanied by stew. Not exactly the finest of cuisines, but it will keep you alive.”
The vocalist says that after a post-lunch workout, he spent time teaching two of his Mongolian roommates English. Other time was spent writing letters, poetry, and song lyrics, including a track that Blythe says he penned for Hank Williams III. He also started writing a novel set in Pankrac Prison, where he was staying, and added that he felt there would be a book that would come from this experience.
The singer admits his arrest was surprising, and he’s a little steamed that the U.S. government didn’t let him know this was a possibility. When asked about the U.S. government involvement in his case, the singer added, “That’s a sticky question, because the Czech legal system is different, and from what I understand, I was given due process. I was not imprisoned in America. That was the first thing that I had to realize and keep in mind – ‘We’re playing by different rules here.’ I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the [U.S.] Embassy. One. And they didn’t really do much for me. They were just like, ‘Are they torturing you?’ ‘No.’ ‘OK, goodbye.’ I didn’t hear anything from them.”
At present, Blythe says he expects his trial to begin sometime in December, and while there’s a chance it will be settled out of court, it’s not a definite. He adds, “From what I understand, the police have charged me, but the prosecuting attorney hasn’t yet. There’s different stages to being charged, just like there’s different stages of bail. From what I understand, it could get settled out of court, but I doubt it will, especially with the kind of intensity that the prosecuting attorney pursued my continual incarceration [with]. If I’m called to return to Prague, I will.”
Randy says it’s a scary proposition returning, as they want to give him five to 10 years, but he adds, “The way I feel about possibly going to prison for five to 10 years really has nothing to do with the fact of the matter that it’s the right thing for me to do. It’s the right thing for me to do and stand trial if called – if only from the ethical viewpoint that this young man’s family is sitting there with a lot of questions still.”