Following last week’s news that Jon Schaffer of Florida heavy metallers Iced Earth was in attendance (and photographed) at the storming of the U.S. Capitol, the other members of the band have posted a joint statement to declare that they do not support “riots or the acts of violence that the rioters were involved in”.
Posting on bassist Luke Appleton’s Instagram, the band – completed by vocalist Stu Block, drummer Brent Smedley and guitarist Jake Dreyer said, “We want to thank those of you who have sent words of support in recent days. Some of you have been concerned by our silence, which we understand. We needed some time to properly process the information and find out some facts before we made a statement.
“First and foremost 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 U.S. Capitol building,” they continued. “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. We are deeply saddened and our hearts go out to the families of the lives lost that day. There are really no proper words to console. Just know we are with you in your shock, grief and pain. Much love to you all.”
Jon is reportedly currently wanted by police in connection with the events at the Capitol.
Posted on January 11th 2021, 11:56a.m.