Good day all,
I was tempted to use the blog today for a different story than the continuing saga of Randy Blythe, but seeing as this is the biggest topic in heavy metal I think it would be more appropriate for me to continue on this path. I spent some time both over the weekend and today looking at the stories about the Randy Blythe issue and I have come to find that not much news has changed since we learned Thursday of last week that Mr. Blythe is scheduled to be in court again this coming Thursday the 19 of July. Additionally I have spent some time checking out the social media pages of the other members of Lamb of God as well as their record company, and it just seems to me like they are all moving on with their lives like nothing is going on. Even the bands Twitter feed hasn’t really been updated, their last tweet was 13 July, that would be last Friday and that was just a link to the story about the bail hearing.
I find all of this very interesting. I wrote on Friday how the silence from the band, the lawyers, and the record company seemed a bit odd, and that I feel as fans who are supporting Mr. Blythe that we deserve some answers in regards to our support, but now I find it even more confusing that Mr. Blythe’s fellow band members are not speaking out in any way to support Mr. Blythe or even share any information from or about him. If the singer of my band was incarcerated falsely in a foreign prison I would be doing everything in my power to not only bring the issue to the media, but helping him as much as I could. Additionally, I would be informing the fans how they can help and I would be visible and out front so that the fans knew they counted. Instead, there has been at least one rally in the hometown of the band and no one who represents Mr. Blythe showed up, and there is a scheduled rally on the 22 of July at the US Supreme Court building in DC (which to me is an odd choice for a rally, why not the State Department building?) and I have not seen an announcement that anyone from the band or a representative will be there.
I really do find it both peculiar and amazing that there is complete silence from the other band members and Mr. Blythe’s camp. Even if the United States government was involved and asked them not to make any comments that could jeopardize Mr. Blythe’s case or the diplomatic path of the government, I would think they would be saying something in support of their band member. If they are going to remain active on their social media sites, then one would expect that they would be vehemently defending their band mate against these charges. I know I would. Just to be clear I have zero knowledge of what the band was instructed by their representation, but I find it hard to believe they told them to continue on with their lives as if nothing happened, and I find it hard to believe they would have followed this order, but maybe they did.
Mr. Blythe’s lawyers and representatives have not even come out and gave the cursory, “Randy really appreciates your support, Please keep it coming” we are hearing nothing. Even the bands “Official” Twitter feed hasn’t spoken of Mr. Blythe’s innocence, just links to petitions and articles about the story. Why is no one standing up for Mr. Blythe and saying “This is completely unfair, we were there and we know he did nothing wrong. This is injustice at its highest and it needs to stop”? Is there something that they have been instructed not to say? And if that is the case and you do not want the band or anyone associated with them to say the wrong thing you would keep them away from social media completely, don’t you think? But that is not what is happening, don’t take my word for it go out and look for yourself. Not one of the band members is saying anything of relevance in Mr. Blythe’s defense and that worries me. Am I really supporting an innocent man or is there WAY more to this than we know and that is why they are keeping silent?
I don’t know, if it where my band mate, and I have to believe someone who is like a brother, I would be screaming from the tops of mountains to bring his plight to the media. I would be in every magazine, on every television station, and radio station proclaiming my support. I would also be letting my fans know of the appreciation for the support in these times. But maybe that is just me, maybe the LoG people do it differently. But as I said before this lack of silence and attention from the people who are closest to Mr. Blythe is really starting to worry me.
Until later, Peace,