Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton has announced that the Richmond, Virginia based metal juggernauts have launched an eBay auction to help raise funds for frontman Randy Blythe’s impending legal trial in the Czech Republic.
Morton posted the following statement to Facebook: “the Randy Blythe defense fund auction is live…lots of cool stuff…check it out.”
All five members of the band have donated instruments and memorabilia to the auction: ranging from guitars, basses, microphones and drum equipment, to paintings and skate decks.
As well as members of Lamb Of God, several rock and metal heavyweights, including Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel as well as Slash and Five Finger Death Punch have contributed guitars, while Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have put up a bass each. A GWAR painting is also available for purchase.
Furthermore, a benefit concert, dubbed the Randy Blythe Support Show has been organized for this Friday, August 31 at the Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia. The show will be headlined by Cannabis Corpse.
Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic on June 27th and detained in a Prague prison for over a month on charges of causing, “bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan” during a May 24, 2010 Lamb Of God concert. He was eventually released on bail on August 2, but will have to return to the Czech Republic to stand trial where he faces up to ten-years jail if found guilty.
Official Lamb Of God statement: “While LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe is back home in America after five weeks in prison in the Czech Republic, his legal problems are far from over. Manslaughter charges are still hanging over Blythe and at some point over the next few months he will have to return to Prague and stand trial. Faced with continuing massive legal bills, LAMB OF GOD has decided to create an eBay auction of equipment and memorabilia to raise money for Randy’s legal bills. All equipment was either used on tour or in the recording studio or in a video. The auction features items provided by all five members of LAMB OF GOD.
“In addition, a number of musicians have offered equipment to be used in the auction. Guitars have been donated by Machine Head’s Robb Flynnand Phil Demmel as well as Slash and Five Finger Death Punch.
“Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have each contributed a bass and the members of Five Finger Death Punch also have contributed a signed skateboard.
“Justice Now, the site set up for donations, will remain open for those wishing to donate to Randy’s defense fund. The band appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28th and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times. As stated before, without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.”