Iced Earth have issued a statement responding to guitarist Jon Schaffer‘s involvement at the riots that took place at the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. on January 6th 2021.
Schaffer was pictured as one of those who breached the building, and is currently sought for by the FBI for questioning.
The remaining members of Iced Earth – vocalist Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton, drummer Brent Smedley, and guitarist Jake Dreyer – issued the statement below.
“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 US Capitol building. 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.
Stu, Luke, Jake, Brent”
Along with being a member of Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer is also a member of Demons & Wizards.
At the time of writing, there’s been no public response from Jon Schaffer.