After spending more than a month in a Czech Republic prison on manslaughter charges, Randy Blythe, lead singer of death metal band Lamb of God, has been released on $400,000 bail and is returning to America on a direct flight from Prague.

Blythe, 41, had been detained on June 27 in connection with the death of a fan at a Lamb of God show back in May, 2010. According to reports, Blythe pushed a stage-crashing fan back into the crowd, causing him to fall onto the concrete floor. The man later died from his injuries, leading to Bythe’s arrest.

“I’m relieved to be out of Pankrác jail,” Blythe said to TV Nova at the Prague airport before boarding his flight home. “It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly fun. I’m relieved to be out of jail, but if it’s necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this court thing, I certainly will. I’m no flight risk.

“It is very tragic that a young man died,” he continued. “I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead, and that his family has to go through it. It’s terrible, and I feel awful for them.”

While Blythe’s arrest caused Lamb of God to scrap a planned summer tour with Dethklok, the band will perform at both of the first annual Knotfest shows happening in Iowa and Minnesota over the weekend of August 17-18.

“We are honored to present Lamb of God and thrilled to learn that Randy will be onstage for what is sure to be an amazing moment at Knotfest,” said festival organizers in a statement.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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