Randy Blythe is planning to write a memoir that details his ordeal in the Czech Republic in 2012, and beyond. As we well know, the Lamb of God frontman was arrested on manslaughter charges in June 2012. The case rested on the death of a fan, Daniel Nosek, who sustained a head injury at a 2010 Lamb of God show and later died about a month later.
Through it all, Blythe upheld a demeanor of dignity. He endured an extended stay in prison, dealt with bail issues, and couldn’t tour, among other things. With an aligned moral compass, Blythe promised to return to the Czech Republic for his trial after he was finally released on bail – and he did. In 2013, he was found not guilty.
It was a sledgehammer of shock that hit the metal community hard, and when we saw Lamb of God last month at Rockfest, I was hoping to hear him express a bit more about the ordeal than he did. He’s pretty quiet about the matter when on stage, which could be because of his plans to write about it. We might think we know the whole story, and maybe we do, but we won’t know for sure until Blythe’s memoir comes out. Current projections put his book on shelves sometime in spring 2014.
About his upcoming memoir, Blythe has said:
“While I’ve dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read, I never imagined my first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told. I believe this one does (for several different reasons, not just for the benefit of myself), so I will tell it with the respect and dignity all involved deserve. This will be a good read, I promise you, and I hope some good comes of it.”
His memoir will be published by Da Capo Press, which has published memoirs by Tony Iommi, Corey Taylor, Rex Brown, and Al Jourgensen.
Da Capo Press Executive Editor Ben Schafer is pleased to be publishing Blythe’s memoir. Schafer has stated:
“I knew that Randy was a master vocalist and lyricist, but it turns out he is a vivid and visceral prose writer as well. Regarding his arrest and trial in the Czech Republic, Randy handled a frightening and heartbreaking situation with courage, grace, and humility, and we at Da Capo Press are honored to have the opportunity to have a part in telling his story.”
Rock Hard \m/