Lamb of God Promised Normalcy ‘Til January
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 16:10
There’s no doubt it has been a rough year for the Richmond, Virginia, metal band Lamb of God. All they planned to do in 2012 was promote their new album, but their world was turned upside down instead.
Singer Randy Blythe was unexpectedly arrested on charges of manslaughter last June while touring in Prague. Due to being incarcerated in the Czech Republic, the band had to cancel its US tour with Dethklok and Gojira.
Lamb of God still hasn’t had a chance to tour for its seventh studio album, Resolution, in the United States, even though it was released in January. After five weeks in prison Blythe posted bail and a new tour was put together. Blythe will have to return to Prague in January, but for a couple weeks he’ll get to be with his band and fans again. Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler chatted with College Times about the band’s crazy year. Lamb of God’s future is foggy, but the tour kicks off in Phoenix this week.
College Times: Excited to get back on tour?
Chris Adler: Very much. It was certainly questionable considering everything that’s gone on this past year, which was unexpected. We really feel lucky to be able to get back on the road. There’s kind of a renewed energy, at least for me, in how we’re approaching this tour. And from a production level we’re doing all kinds of crazy stuff we’ve never done with the show but just [the] thought of getting onstage with the guys and doing what we do is pretty exciting for me.
How was it putting together a new tour from scratch?
It was tough. We held on to [the tour with Dethklok and Gojira] as long as we could. It was a tour that we really wanted to do and we really liked the lineup. We wanted to make it happen, but promoters and management from the different bands started getting pretty nervous the longer Randy was locked up. I can’t blame them. Everyone has to get on with their lives. We had to sit and wait. We were given a deadline by booking agents and promoters [of] when we’d need to call it so they could put together a plan to sell as many tickets as they could. Every day was a new answer to the wrong question apparently and we didn’t know what was going to happen. We tried as much as we could to make it but couldn’t.
Eventually, Randy got out and we’re still working on the case; it’s still fluid. He’s got to go back in January for the case and we’re all confident that it’s going to sort itself out. In the meantime, we put another tour together. We’re excited to get back to work. We’ve got a bunch of bands that are our friends from around the world that we’ve been touring with for years. It should be a great show.
How does it feel to have fans support you?
It’s pretty special. It was unexpected. It’s one of the first times that I’ve ever seen so many different kinds of metal fans come together over one issue and agree on something. It was nice to see and to feel a part of that community. We’ll have to see what happens.
We just did two shows with Slipknot in Iowa and Wisconsin and it was pretty special to know we had that kind of support and people had our back and they were paying attention and this was important to them too. To have the energy that we had coming back to the stage, not knowing if we ever would again, was a very special moment.
Lamb of God w/In Flames, Hatebreed, Sylosis, Comerica Theatre, October 30, 7 p.m., $42 to $51