Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler told The Virginian Pilot that the manslaughter trial of their frontman Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic earlier this year nearly ended the band. Speaking of that in particular, he went on to say:
“Not only were we not able to generate any income, but we ended up having to pay more than half a million dollars in legal fees. It bankrupted the entire band, no money left for any kind of payroll or anything. When Randy was acquitted, everything was on the line at that point. Either it was completely over, or we had a chance to get back out there and pay these bills and get ourselves back on our feet.”
You may recall that at one point the financial strain proved to be enough that the group fielded donations for the Randy Blythe legal fund prior to the resolution of the case. Blythe has of course since been acquitted in the death of a fan he was alleged to have had interactions with onstage at a 2010 show in Prague, CZE. That fan, Daniel Nosek, later passed away from head injuries sustained during a fall at the show. The acquittal verdict was later upheld in a Czech Republic Appeals Court.