Iced Earth singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have announced their departure from the group following Jon Schaffer‘s involvement in U.S. Capitol chaos on January 6.
Appleton and Block‘s resignations from ICED EARTH come a month after Jon Schaffer was arrested for his role in last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer, who resides in in Edinburgh, Indiana, is facing six federal criminal charges after he was accused of spraying a police officer with a pepper-based bear repellant during the January 6 insurrection.
Block wrote on social media:
“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 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.
Appleton wrote: “In response to recent events & circumstances, I have notified ICED EARTH‘s management and Jon that I will be resigning as the ICED EARTH bassist with immediate effect.”