Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Reportedly Evading District Of Columbia Attorneys

According to The Republic, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer has been evading District Of Columbia attorneys who have been trying to serve him with a civil suit for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. The search has reportedly resulted in “at least 25 separate attempts to serve Schaffer at seven different addresses across three different states”

The server tried to find Schaffer at three residences near Columbus, IN, a house near Orlando, FL, a residence in Georgetown, DE, an apartment in Crystal City, FL, and a mobile home in Auburndale, FL. The latter location had a callbox with “J. Schaffer” written on it and vehicles with Indiana license plates. Court filings said the following:

“The District now believes that Schaffer is hiding from process servers in a mobile home in Auburndale, Florida. Since locating that address, the District has attempted service there at least five times, yet Schaffer refuses to answer the door — thereby preventing effective service absent further relief from the court.”

Despite these efforts, a federal judge has since halted the civil action while the criminal trial against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes moves forward.

This news comes after it was revealed that District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine had filed a lawsuit against Schaffer and 30 other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys in December 2021 for “conspiring to terrorize the District” as part of “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.” It also comes after the U.S. government was granted permission to share sealed materials from the musician’s Capitol insurrection case as discovery to the three main Oath Keepers cases.

Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the insurrection in April 2021. Those charges include obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

As part of the deal, the musician entered into a cooperation agreement with the government. On top of that, the Justice Department also agreed to sponsor Schaffer for the witness protection program. CNN previously reported that the guitarist’s legal team have “agreed to recommend that he get between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.”

Annihilator Share Lyric Video For “Couple Suicide” Featuring Angela Gossow And Danko Jones

Annihilator have shared a lyric video for a new version of their song “Couple Suicide.” The updated take on the track features new contributions from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth), as well as its original guests Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) and Danko Jones. The new version of “Couple Suicide” will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available tomorrow (February 18). Jeff Waters commented:

“I’m a big fan of Danko and Angela. Danko and I have written songs over the years. He is a badass rocker meets punk rocker with a bit of pop and metal in there, plus he’s a nice guy. He and I discussed doing a project/record together someday. Angela was the vocal queen of her genre and I loved her in Arch Enemy. It’s such a conflicting, ‘opposite end of the spectrum’ vocal pairing, that it has to be cool! And it is!”

U.S. Government Granted Permission To Share Material From Iced Earth Guitarist Jon Schaffer’s Capitol Insurrection Case As Discovery To Other Oath Keepers Cases

According to Blabbermouth, the U.S. government has been granted permission to share sealed materials from Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer’s Capitol insurrection case. The information will be used as discovery to the three main Oath Keepers cases.

Government attorneys said the following in a court filing:

“The United States of America respectfully moves for entry by this Court of an order permitting the disclosure in discovery of materials protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e). The United States also requests permission to provide in discovery in United States, Thomas Caldwell, et. al., sealed materials related to the above-captioned case, pursuant to the previously entered protective order governing discovery. Finally, the United States requests that any order granting this motion be made applicable to co-defendants who may later be joined. The United States is authorized to represent to the Court that Defendant [Schaffer] does not oppose this motion or the entry of the attached order. Wherefore, the United States respectfully requests an order authorizing the disclosure in discovery of the materials described above.”

Blabbermouth also added:

“U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta granted the motion to disclose materials from the Schaffer case in the case against Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the right-wing Oath Keepers extremist group, and several of his deputies, who were charged with seditious conspiracy for their role in the U.S. Capitol Riot. That indictment, which was unsealed last week, alleges Rhodes and his co-defendants brought small arms to the Washington, D.C. area; engaged in combat training to prepare for the attack; and made plans to stage quick-reaction forces to support insurrectionists.”

This news comes after District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine recently filed a lawsuit against Schaffer and 30 other members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys for “conspiring to terrorize the District” as part of “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.”

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Annihilator Share Cover Of Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” Featuring Stu Block (Ex-Iced Earth) And Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer)

Annihilator have premiered a new video for their cover of Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight.” The track, which features Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available on February 18.

Annihilator‘s Jeff Waters commented:

“There was something about ‘Women And Children First‘. It was massively brutal attitude meeting aggression — meets a DLR-fronted party. You have to remember when this came out. ‘Romeo Delight‘ is the most ‘heavy’ song from VH, in my (and Kerry King‘s!) opinion. The photos on the cover/back cover of WACF were impactful.

It was a green cover and it was a photo of the band posing for a record cover shot and instead of blowing that photo up to the full size of the LP, they cropped it so it was a third the size of the record and everything around it was green. I would stare at the front and back pics for hours! Eddie was like a second father in a way. Millions [of others] probably feel that way too and only fans of his from back then could understand this.

His playing, writing, performance, and smile were second to none. EVER. He was a superb writer, lead guitar innovator, genius rhythm player, and was able to build a gear empire. He took chances. Did his own thing. It worked. Millions and more will mourn him, as long as the future world likes music. But we also will be celebrating forever, as musicians will continue to hand down the ‘EVH-Influenced-Musical-Genes’ to future generations!”

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Sued By D.C. Attorney General Over His Role In U.S. Capitol Insurrection

According to CNN, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer is among the 31 members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys who are being sued by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine for their role in the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The individuals have been accused of “conspiring to terrorize the District” as part of “a coordinated act of domestic terrorism.”

Racine told The Washington Post the following:

“I think the damages are substantial. If it so happens that it bankrupts or puts these individuals and entities in financial peril, so be it.”

He further commented in a news conference:

“No one bore the brunt of this gutless attack more than the courageous law enforcement officers including the men and women of the DC Metropolitan Police Department who went into the fire and violence with one objective in mind: remove the violent mob and restore our country’s fragile democracy.

The defendants, as you know, were not tourists, nor were they acting patriotically. They were vigilantes, members of a mob, insurrectionists who sought to crush our country’s freedoms.”

The complaint, which describes Schaffer as “a founding, lifetime member of the Oath Keepers,” also added the following about the musician specifically:

“Schaffer was criminally charged and indicted for his role in perpetrating the January 6th Attack. In connection with a promise to cooperate with investigators and potentially testify in criminal cases related to the conspiracy to commit the January 6th Attack, Schaffer pleaded guilty to the entire Statement of Offense in the criminal action brought against him, which included two felony offenses: (1) trespass of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon and (2) obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress. The Criminal Complaint filed against Schaffer—as well as Schaffer’s Plea Agreement and the accompanying Statement of Offense describing his conduct—are publicly available documents that are hereby incorporated into the Complaint by reference.”

Annihilator Share New Version Of “Downright Dominate” Featuring Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer) & Stu Block (Ex-Iced Earth)

Annihilator have shared a new version of their song “Downright Dominate.” The updated take on the track features new contributions from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and Stu Block (ex-Iced Earth), as well as its original guest, the late Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom). The new version of “Downright Dominate” will appear on the band’s reworked version of “Metal.” As previously reported, that effort is called “Metal II” and it will be available on February 18. Jeff Waters commented:

“One of greatest engineers/mixers on the planet, Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Van Halen), was my first choice to mix this one. It was a challenge as Mike was not brought in to make a record; he was simply there to mix a big mess of tracks that were recorded in 2006 and 2021 and with over 14 players on it. After this difficult mix, I promised Mike that I would do another record with him, from the ground up! Although Alexi Laiho‘s shredding in ‘Downright Dominate‘ and the Van Halen song ‘Romeo Delight‘ were recorded a while back, adding Stu and Dave to these songs gave us all the feeling that Metal II is also a fitting tribute to our two fallen guitar heroes. Ed and Alexi, R.I.P.”

Annihilator Recruit Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer) And Stu Block (Ex-Iced Earth) For “Metal II”

Annihilator will be releasing a reworked version of their 2007 album, “Metal,” on February 18. The effort, which has be retitled “Metal II,” will feature new contributions from ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and ex-Iced Earth singer Stu Block. They will join the star-studded guest lineup that appeared on the original record.

“Metal II” Track Listing:

01. “Chasing The High” [feat. Willie Adler (Lamb Of God)]
02. “Downright Dominate” [feat. Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)]
03. “Army Of One” [feat. Steve “Lips” Kudlow (Anvil)]
04. “Couple Suicide” [feat. Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) and Danko Jones]
05. “Heavy Metal Maniac” [feat. Dan Beehler (Exciter) and Allan Johnson)
06. “Haunted” [feat. Jesper Strömblad (ex-In Flames)]
07. “Romeo Delight”
08. “Detonation” [feat. Jacob Lynam]
09. “Clown Parade” [feat. Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy)]
10. “Smothered” [feat. Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted)]
11. “Kicked” [feat. Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)]

Guitarist Jeff Waters had the following to say about reworking the album with Lombardo and Block:

“Dave was in my favorite band ever (Slayer) and continues to evolve and play in many diverse bands, like Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross, Mr. Bungle and many other projects. It was an honor to be on the same record as Lombardo. And he uses the ‘Reign In Blood’ ride cymbal!! Yes! The ACTUAL ride cymbal we hear on that classic record.

Stu has been the vocalist that I have (publicly) wanted to be Annihilator’s singer, ever since I heard him in the Canadian band Into Eternity, but I never got the opportunity to get him! He is the next generation of amazing vocalists that is grabbing the microphone from such icons as [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford. And our paths SHOULD have crossed a long time ago, but we are here now!

So I got a hold of them both and they both loved the tunes and both said ‘FUCK YES’! And I said to Stu, ‘You’ve got three takes’, so there’s blemishes and warts and fuck-ups everywhere. And I said the same to Dave, ‘get it done’. And watching pros do this is mind-blowing because you don’t have the best sounds, but you have the best players.”

“Metal II” will be released ahead of an extensive reissue campaign covering 18 records and long-lost rarities.

Former Iced Earth Singer Stu Block On Guitarist Jon Schaffer: “He Fucked Up Real Bad”

During a recent appearance on “The Metal Voice,” ex-Iced Earth singer Stu Block further opened up about guitarist Jon Schaffer’s involvement in the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Block said that everyone makes bad decisions and that Schaffer just “fucked up real bad.”

Block had the following to say:

“We all make bad decisions, man, and [Jon] fucked up real bad. And I’m sure he knows it, and I think everybody with half a brain knows it… The line that was crossed with going in and all that kind of stuff… He had so much going on. It was a shame. It hurts, ’cause you’ve got plans, and all of a sudden, you can’t tell someone what to do — you can’t tell a very strong-willed individual what to do; you can’t. And so it would be lost words.”

He also added:

“At the end of the day, I don’t hate him. I’m not writhing in hate for him. I feel sad. I feel bad that everything went down the way it did. And maybe one day we’ll talk. I don’t know. I’m not too sure. But I think he knows that I still have a place in my heart for him, because I’ve seen that man do a lot of amazing, wonderful things for people. But I just wanna move on. And that’s what it is.”

Before Block exited Iced Earth, a screenshot of a since deleted Facebook post surfaced and it seemed to suggest that the vocalist actually supported the insurrection. However, he later issued a statement claiming that the post was “absolutely misunderstood.” Block has since rejoined Into Eternity.

[via Blabbermouth]

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Claims He Was Attacked With Feces And Urine While In Jail For His Role In U.S. Capitol Insurrection

Marc J. Victor, an attorney representing Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer, is claiming that his client went through “two months of hell” while he was in custody for his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The lawyer says the other inmates threatened the guitarist and even threw feces and urine at him.

According to Marion County Jail incident reports obtained by the Indianapolis Star, Schaffer was kept in “Administrative Segregation” due to his “high profile status.” Despite this, Victor said several incidents occurred while the musician was behind bars. He said the following during a March detention hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District Of Columbia:

“My client, who is presumed innocent, has just gone through two months of hell where other people were throwing feces at him and urine at him and threatening his life in a horrible, horrible situation. Shame on us, Judge, that this is happening in our justice system.”

A deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Schaffer ended up getting moved from his cell block on March 7 after he became fearful “for his personal safety.” That deputy says the guitarist told him that he was having issues with a specific inmate, before making complaints about three inmates, including the aforementioned one, who were allegedly making death threats.

These new details come after Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the insurrection in April. Those charges include obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

As part of the deal, the musician entered into a cooperation agreement with the government. On top of that, the Justice Department also agreed to sponsor Schaffer for the witness protection program. CNN previously reported that the guitarist’s legal team have “agreed to recommend that he get between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.”

You can read more over at the Indianapolis Star.

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Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider On Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer: “This Piece Of Shit Is An Embarrassment To The Metal Community”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has taken to Twitter to blast Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer, who recently pleaded guilty to two charges related to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the US. Capitol. Snider tweeted the following about Schaffer, who has since entered into a cooperation agreement with the government: