One of the better modern hardcore bands, TERROR, has cancelled their Czech Republic date in protest of the continuing jailing of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe. For those of you that don’t know, Blythe is being detained due to an incident four years ago where he allegedly shoved a fan off-stage and do to subsequent injuries, died. Blythe has been held for a month now and has posted and been denied bail four times.
Here is what Terror had to say:
“Randy comes from punk and hardcore roots, just like TERROR. He still supports underground music and has always supported TERROR — even singing on stage alongside us when we play Richmond.
“This hits really close to home for us having members of the band and our crew from the hometown of LAMB OF GOD.
“We love our Czech fans very much and have amazing shows there, but we need to ‘stick tight’ to our friend Randy, which is why we have chosen to cancel the show.
“As a band that could easily be in this same position at any given show, we don’t think we can play there and act like this is OK — it isn’t. This is bigger than a hashtag or a clever t-shirt — we as a community need to take action and speak up.
“Free Randy Blythe.”