The consequences of Jon Schaffer’s role in last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol are rapid and immediate. Iced Earth singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have just announced that they are out of the band. Right below you can read Block’s and Appleton’s statement’s on their social media:
Stu Block: “Hey All, Well, there are times and events when you have to take stock and re evaluate your life, work, and trajectory for the future. That being said I have informed Jon [Schaffer, Iced Earth guitarist and leader] and his current management that I must announce my resignation from Iced Earth with immediate effect. Before I made any personal decision I needed the last few weeks to process the situation as well as respect others in our camp processing the situation. I thank you all very much for respecting this. It’s the best decision in many ways for my personal/ professional growth going forward. Time to move on, heal and prosper. Much love and respect to you all. Don’t fret! Stay tuned for some exciting things to come! Time to embark upon a new chapter. Be good to each other”.
Luke Appleton: “In response to recent events and circumstances, I have notified Iced Earth’s management and Jon that I will be resigning as the Iced Earth bassist with immediate effect. I would like to thank everyone who has sent me their support and love during this difficult time. Thank you!!!”.
Some hours later Iced Earth guitarist Jake Dreyer distanced himself from the band, saying that he will focus solely on Witherfall.