Published Jul 09, 2012Last week, Lamb of God launched a donation page that allowed fans to chip in and help to pay the legal bills accrued by singer Randy Blythe, who is currently facing manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. Now, the metal band have come under fire by some fans for soliciting money, and guitarist Willie Adler has issued a statement on Facebook defending the fundraiser.
According to Adler, the band have received "quite a bit of backlash." He clarified that the group are "by no means requesting charity, nor are we demanding money from our fans." Rather, the donation page was simply a response to the numerous fans who have contacted the band and offered to help out, he explains.
Adler also clarified that the band aren't "trying to make a dime off of this," and thanked the fans for their support. Read the full letter below.
As you may have heard, Blythe is currently in prison in Prague over an incident that took place during a concert on May 24, 2010. A 19-year-old fan apparently climbed on stage and got in an alleged altercation with Blythe. The fan reportedly sustained injuries and died a couple of weeks later.
I want to thank all of you again for your un-waivering support in all of this. It's greatly appreciated and does not go with out notice. I'd also feel re-miss by not mentioning something else. As you all know, a legal fund has been set up in regards to our current situation. We've received quite a bit of backlash which I'd like to respond to. We are by no means requesting charity, nor are we demanding money from our fans. We have received dozens upon dozens of requests from supporters wanting to help in any way possible. This was a direct response to that in order to give fans a voice in all of this if they choose to do so. By no means are we trying to make a dime off of this. Trust me, we live for our fans and would never attempt to profit off of them. This is purely a response to those that reached out wanting to extend any and all help. Which we couldn't be more thankful for. It brings tears to my eyes as I write this just thinking about the outpouring of support we've received. Collectively, we will bring Randy home. He is my brother, your brother, and more importantly, an innocent man being wrongfully detained. I thank you all again, for everything. I love you all.