What is it about musicians that constantly attracts the close observation of law enforcement? With bad habits and an even worse track record, musicians as a whole appear to be gifted rule breakers by nature. Perhaps there is rebellious mentality that not only inspires so much of their music, but also motivates the urge to push the boundaries set by “the man”. After all, that’s implied in the famous credo, sex drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, which has become more of a manual than a general expression. At the rate some artists get in trouble, there’s bound to be a current case on trial at any given time. And, of course, there is. One specific case seems to have caught the attention of many and is making headlines around the world. Here’s a quick rundown of the dispute, and just a few of the various possible trends and examples that can be picked out from a long history of unruly artists.
We’ll stay away from some of the cases that have been more drama than jury, but instead we’ll talk about one particularly peculiar instance of band-fan interaction that has been making international headlines. We’re of course referring to the exchange between Randy Blythe of the metal band, Lamb Of God, and a disruptive show goer at a concert in Prague on May 24, 2010. Blythe had allegedly aided security in pushing the man off the stage who later died from head injuries sustained during the scuffle. On July 3, Blythe was called upon and jailed over two years after the event with no notification prior, and was ordered to serve a 10-day sentence in a Czech prison. The band issued a statement thanking fans for their support and assuring the front man’s innocence. Since then, however, further evidence has been raised in the case. A friend of former Daniel Nosek told The Prague Post that “He got up onstage only once, at the end of the concert. Randy was brutal, and pushed Dan down where nobody could catch him. I don’t think he meant to kill Dan. But I hope he will be punished.” As the investigation ensued and witnesses were questioned, officers reportedly uncovered a tape that shows Nosek onstage up to four times, interacting with the 41-year-old frontman on multiple occasions. It’s still unclear, however, as to whether Blythe is entirely accountable for the injuries that led to Nosek’s death a month later.