The insurrection has caused a lot of division and pain across the country and the effects of the deadly event are far from over as loyal fans of the heavy metal band Iced Earth have painfully learned.
Stu Block and Luke Appleton, the lead singer and bassist for the popular heavy metal band quit after the group’s founder, Jon Schaffer, was arrested for storming the Capitol building during the Donald Trump incited riot on January 6.
Block and Appleton announced on Monday that they had left the band. They cited Schaffer’s role in the deadly insurrection as the reason why they have walked away.
Stu, who was the band’s lead singer, stated that the insurrection caused him to re-evaluate his life, work, and future.
Appleton, the group’s bassist, added that he felt he had no choice but to resign after what took place in D.C. on January 6.
Both men took to social media to share separate statements regarding their departures.
“In response to recent events and circumstances, I have notified Iced Earth’s management and [guitarist] Jon [Schaffer] that I will be resigning as the Iced Earth bassist with immediate effect,” Appleton wrote. “I would like to thank everyone who has sent me their support and love during this difficult time. Thank you!!!”
Block added: “I have informed Jon and his current management that I must announce my resignation from Iced Earth with immediate effect.
“Well, there are times and events when you have to take stock and reevaluate your life, work, and trajectory for the future. That being said I have informed Jon 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.”
The band also issued a final statement about Schaffer’s participation in the insurrection.
“We absolutely DO NOT condone nor do we support riots or the acts of violence that the rioters were involved in on January 6th at the US Capitol building,” the other members wrote in their statement. “We hope that all those involved that day are brought to justice to be investigated and answer for their actions. With broken hearts, we are sending our love and compassion to everyone who has felt pain from the events on January 6th.”
Iced Earth’s founder, Jon Schaffer, turned himself in to federal agents last month. The FBI claims Schaffer sprayed Capitol police with “bear spray.”
Schaffer now faces 6 charges in connection with the insurrection including violent entry, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building.
With Stu and Luke quitting the band it is now down to two members, Schaffer and drummer, Brent Smedley. Reportedly, Iced Earth guitarist, Jake Dreyer, has already distanced himself from the band, and with the possibility of Schaffer going to jail, it appears to be the end of the heavy metal group.
Dreyer, who was brought into the band in 2016 is now said to be focusing on his own band called Witherfall. He stated that he enjoyed his time in Iced Earth then added that “it’s unfortunate how this tragedy unfolded.”
Stu Block’s Instagram now lists him as a “freelance singer.”