Lamb of God Discuss Life After Manslaughter Charges, and the OG LoG
To say that 2012 has been an eventful year for Virginia metal band Lamb of God would be a gross understatement. In June, lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested in Prague on charges of manslaughter. Whether he will have to stand trial remains to be seen, but the band is back on the road and plays the Roseland Ballroom tonight.
We caught up with Lamb of God's bass player John Campbell between gigs in Texas, and he updated us on on Blythe's situation. Campbell also discussed his sword-brandishing stint in military school and the fame of the "original" Lamb of God.
How is it being on the road after all that the band has gone through this year?
It's great to be back out here doing this because when we were met by a SWAT team and homicide detectives in Prague coming off a plane, it was unclear for quite some time whether or not we'd played our last show in Norway, where we'd flown from. And then Randy was incarcerated for almost 40 days...So to actually be out here and be playing shows on tour is amazing. But, that being said, there's still some uncertainty in what's going to happen.
When Randy got out of prison, it sounded like the trial was going to be in December.
My understanding is that we will hear something by the end of the year as far as what's going to happen with this next step. And the response could range from "Forget about it" to "Here's the trial date; show up ready to face the stiffest of penalties we can throw at it."
Your band faced some controversy earlier in your career due to its original name, Burn the Priest. It's surprising to us that Burn the Priest would be more controversial than Lamb of God.