WTVR-TV, the CBS television affiliate based in Richmond, Virginia, spoke to GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus) about the apparent lack of publicity and outrage about LAMB OF GOD's Randy Blythe still being locked up on a manslaughter
"Oh, if it was Justin Bieber, there'd be an army of shrieking 14-year-olds that would tear down the walls of the prison and bust him out of there," Brockie said. The president of Sony would call up Barrack Obama, he added, "'Oh, Mr. President! We've got to get Justin Bieber out! Record sales are going down!' [And the president is like], 'Send in the Marines!' Everyone would love him. His re-election would be assured.'"
Blythe, 41, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD's May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer allegedly either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N. — a guitarist in a local metal band — and that person died almost a month later of bleeding in the brain.
Randy has been charged with causing "bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan" and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Said Brockie: "Slam dancing has been established for so long now, everybody knows the rules. No one is surprised when they see it anymore."
He continued, "Randy is obviously being accused of something by people who understand nothing about what's going on. I mean, when someone walking in off the streets and sees a slam pit and a metal band like LAMB OF GOD is playing, yeah, they're going to go, 'Oh my God!'"
Blythe remains in detention at Pankrác Prison in Prague even after his manager posted 4 million Czech Koruna bail (approximately $200,000), as set by the court last Saturday. But the bail system in the Czech Republic is not as rapid as in the U.S.
Although bail has been posted, the decision to release the singer is still subject to appeal and so it will take some time for the state prosecutor's office to give approval.
"It's like, it takes 10 days to process a bail request?" Brockie said. "I mean, what are they working with, clay tablets, or something? You know, 'Let's get some pack mules and send the clay tablets over to the Minister of Fuddy Duddery."
Despite previous reports that Blythe was considered a flight risk, the musician will be allowed to leave the Czech Republic, said his defense lawyer Martin Radvan.