Iced Earth members quit over Jon Schaffer's involvement in Capitol riots

[L-R] Stu Block, Luke Appleton and Jake Dreyer
(Image credit: David Wolff/Gary Wolstenholme/Getty Images /

After guitarist Jon Schaffer's involvement in the Capitol Building riots of January 6, several members of Iced Earth have either quit the Florida metallers or distanced themselves from the band. 

In separate Facebook statements, vocalist Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton formally announced their departures from the group.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.