Jake Dreyer Distances Himself From Iced Earth

Jake Dreyer has distanced himself from Iced Earth. The guitarist, who no longer has the band listed on his Instagram account, recently spoke to TMZ and said that he was recruited to perform with them from 2016 to 2018 and that he is currently focusing on Witherfall. He went on to say that he enjoyed playing with the group and that “it’s unfortunate how this tragedy unfolded,” referring to guitarist Jon Schaffer’s involvement in the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. This news comes after vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton announced their departure from Iced Earth earlier today (February 15).

CNN Shares New Footage Of Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Charging Officers During Insurrection At U.S. Capitol

CNN have shared new footage from the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which appears to show Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer among a group of rioters who were charging and yelling at officers. The clip, which can be seen at the bottom of this post, was submitted as evidence during Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. It’s worth mentioning that the video also reportedly features King 810’s David Gunn, who previously claimed that he was there to film a music video.

As previously reported, Schaffer was arrested on January 17 and was being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana, where he was waiting to be extradited to Washington, D.C. He made his first court appearance on January 18 and government lawyers asked a judge to deny him bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. It also mentioned that he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have since issued a statement saying he wasn’t a member of their group.

Schaffer is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”

[via The PRP]

Vocalist Stu Block & Bassist Luke Appleton Exit Iced Earth

Vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have both exited Iced Earth. This news comes after guitarist Jon Schaffer was arrested after participating in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Block said the following:

“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 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.
Stu Block ✌️❤️ 🤘😻”

Appleton also issued a statement:

“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.

I would like to thank everyone who has sent me their support and love during this difficult time. Thank you!!!”

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Reportedly Hadn’t Voted In 12 Years Before The 2020 Election

According to WISH-TV, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer was the only one who actually voted in the 2020 election out of the four Indiana residents that participated in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. However, the musician did not vote in any other elections for 12 years prior to that.

As previously reported, Schaffer was arrested on January 17 and was being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana, where he was waiting to be extradited to Washington, D.C. He made his first court appearance on January 18 and government lawyers asked a judge to deny him bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. It also mentioned that he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have since issued a statement saying he wasn’t a member of their group.

Schaffer is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”

Hansi Kürsch Exits Demons & Wizards

Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) has officially announced his departure from Demons & Wizards. The frontman’s exit comes after his bandmate Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) was arrested due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Kürsch told RockHard the following:

“I told Jon and Century Media on Monday that I was leaving the Demons & Wizards project with immediate effect. My collaboration with Jon in Demons & Wizards is over.”

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Is Now In The Custody Of U.S. Marshals

It has been revealed that Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer is now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. The musician was previously being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana, where he was waiting to be extradited to Washington, D.C. due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the United States Capitol.

This news comes after government lawyers asked a judge to deny Schaffer bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. It also mentioned that he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have since issued a statement saying he wasn’t a member of their group.

Schaffer is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Indiana Oath Keepers Claim Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Is “Not A Member” Of Their Group

When Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer took part in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, he was wearing a “Lifetime Member” hat from the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers. However, the Indiana Oath Keepers have now issued a statement claiming that the musician is “not a member” of their group.

The Indiana Oath Keepers said the following in part:

“Indiana Oath Keepers does not and has never sponsored, planned or funded any activities that involve riots, violence or unlawful actions. No IOK members were sent to Washington DC on January 6th nor did IOK leadership ask for volunteers to travel to Washington DC. IOK encourages the rule of law by supporting law enforcement and emergency response personnel in the lawful exercise of their duties. The individual arrested in Columbus, Indiana and was wearing an Oath Keepers (not Indiana Oath Keepers) hat in the US Capitol building on January 6th is NOT a member of Indiana Oath Keepers.”

This news comes after it was revealed that Schaffer recently waived a preliminary hearing and was waiting to be extradited to Washington, D.C. He was arrested on January 17 and was being held at Marion County Jail in Indiana. He made his first court appearance on January 18 and government lawyers asked a judge to deny him bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate.

If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. He is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer To Be Extradited To Washington, D.C.

According to Indiana Public Media, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer has waived a preliminary hearing after being hit with six charges due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The musician, who is believed to have ties to the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers, will now be extradited to Washington, D.C. This news comes after government lawyers recently asked a judge to deny Schaffer bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate.

Schaffer was arrested on January 17 and made his first court appearance on January 18. He is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail in Indiana. If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. He is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”

Government Lawyers Ask Judge To Deny Bail For Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer

According to WISH-TV, government lawyers are asking a judge to deny Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer bail when he goes in front of the U.S. magistrate. This news comes after the musician, who is believed to have ties to the anti-government militia group Oath Keepers, made his first court appearance on January 18 after being arrested by the FBI due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail in Indiana.

If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. He is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Makes First Court Appearance, Will Remain In Jail Until At Least Friday

According to WISH-TV, Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer made his first court appearance yesterday (January 18) after recently being arrested by the FBI due to his involvement in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The musician is expected to stay in jail until at least Friday (January 22). However, it is worth noting that he is not guaranteed bail and that he has to prove to the federal magistrate that he is not a threat to himself or the public before it’s even considered.

If you missed it, here’s the initial statement that was issued by the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office:

“Jon Schaffer, Columbus, IN, has been arrested in connection to Jan 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol. Schaffer faces 6 charges including engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building. Schaffer was allegedly among rioters who sprayed Capitol police with ‘bear spray.’”

The U.S. Department Of Justice also released a “Statement Of Facts,” which includes surveillance camera photos of Schaffer holding bear spray. He is currently facing the following charges:

1) Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2) Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3) Knowingly Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4) Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5) Engaging in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6) Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Prior to his involvement in the insurrection, Schaffer attended a Trump rally in November 2020 and claimed that “there will be a lot of blood shed” if we “merge into some globalist, communist system.”

[via Blabbermouth]