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'Tue, 21 Dec 2010

Jon Schaffer and company promise to lay waste to the legendary Wacken stage when they perform at the 22nd annual Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, August 4-6, 2011.

Also performing at Wacken are Judas Priest, Ozzy, Motorhead, Blind Guardian, and many more!

For more information, visit the official Wacken web site.

'Fri, 24 Dec 2010

Can you handle nearly six hours of your favorite metal band?

You'll soon find out.

The intense two-minute trailer from the long-awaited live DVD extravaganza Festivals of the Wicked is now available for your viewing pleasure.

The DVD cover art – featuring Iced Earth “mascot” Set Abominae emerging from the fires of Hell, riffing on a Les Paul – is also posted here.


Festivals of the Wicked boasts nearly six hours of Iced Earth – three full headliner shows (over 40 live tracks!), a photo gallery shot by famed rock photographers Ross Halfin and Rudy De Doncker, plus a 90-minute documentary. It will be released early in 2011.

“I have to say the footage of the band on stage is mind blowing," said Schaffer. "Those who have already seen us will love it. Those who haven’t yet seen Iced Earth will be amazed by what this band can do on stage.”

Drummer Brent Smedley concurs: “The three festivals featured on the DVD were all extremely remarkable and each one memorable in its own way,” he said. “All three were amazing nights where the Metal and the Magic were fully flowing. I think the release of this DVD truly proves my mantra and favorite saying: METAL LIVES!”

Indeed it does.

NOTE: The DVD is in the final stages of editing. Stay tuned here for release-date information.

'Thu, 09 Dec 2010

Jon Schaffer is scheduled to appear on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, which airs on the Fox Business Network. The interview tapes at noon, December 10th, and airs between 8-9pm, Eastern Time, that same day. Check your local listings. The Freedom Watch web site can be found here.

A few days later (Monday, December 13th), Jon will guest on Eddie Trunk Live from 9-10pm, Eastern Time. (Eddie Trunk Live Monday 6-10PM EST on Sirius Channel 19-XM Channel 53, nationwide & uncensored!) Eddie's web site can be found here.

'Wed, 08 Dec 2010

Mark your calendars. Get your passports ready.

The mighty Iced Earth roars into Dessel, Belgium, on June 24th, 2011, for Graspop Metal Meeting!

Tickets on sale soon.

'Wed, 08 Dec 2010

We've just made available two FREE blistering live tracks from the forthcoming Iced Earth DVD, Festivals of the Wicked to be released in early 2011. Visit the Purgatory page and we'll show you how to obtain them!

'Wed, 08 Dec 2010

The Official Iced Earth Facebook page is the place to post photos, comments, opinions, questions, and live clips while you interact with other fans around the world. Plus, you'll get exclusive inside information straight from the source. But only when you visit and "Like" the Official Iced Earth Facebook page. NOTE: The Iced Earth Facebook page is administrated by publicist Bill Murphy with the blessing of Jon Schaffer.

'Thu, 25 Nov 2010

ICED EARTH has been confirmed for the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which is set to sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts will appear at the event.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

  • AGENT STEEL
  • AMON AMARTH
  • DEATH ANGEL
  • EPICA
  • EXODUS
  • FEAR FACTORY
  • FINNTROLL
  • FORBIDDEN
  • ICED EARTH
  • MOONSPELL
  • OBITUARY
  • RAVEN
  • SAXON
  • SODOM
  • SONATA ARCTICA
  • STRATOVARIUS
  • SWASHBUCKLE
  • TESTAMENT
  • TROUBLE
  • ULI JON ROTH
  • WITCHBURNER

70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean "Majesty of the Seas" from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000 Tons Of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all-ship heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass and you might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals and non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks at the on-board restaurants and 24-hour room service!

For more information, go to www.70000tons.com.

'Wed, 15 Sep 2010

I just wanted to write a note about Ronnie James Dio and how much I will miss him.

Ronnie was the most genuine person I've ever met in the music industry. I think we've all had run-ins with our childhood heroes, and sometimes it can be a disappointing experience. This was definitely not the case with Ronnie, he was a wise, kind, and special person, and a dear friend that will be greatly missed.

Rest in peace brother, your spirit and music will continue to inspire generations to come.

Jon Schaffer

'Wed, 15 Sep 2010

There is no better way for Century Media Records to celebrate their 20th Anniversary in North America than by having the band that propelled them to success here return home. ICED EARTH, one of the most groundbreaking metal bands of all time is extremely excited to announce a return to their roots by partnering back up with Century Media. This new worldwide deal sees the band rejoin the label that released the legendary albums The Dark Saga and Something Wicked This Way Comes as well as all of the early Iced Earth albums. In addition to Iced Earth, Century Media will also release Iced Earth brainchild, Jon Schaffer’s SONS OF LIBERTY project.

Antje Lange, managing director of Century Media Records Europe, comments: “We are extremely happy and proud to welcome Jon Schaffer and his bands SONS OF LIBERTY and ICED EARTH back on the label. Schaffer is one of the most talented and charismatic musicians in metal and it is an honor for us as a label to work with him. Despite an already very successful past, we feel that an even bigger success is in the cards for the future.”
Schaffer further states: “I am excited about the opportunity to work on SONS OF LIBERTY and ICED EARTH with Century Media. This was the label where my career began and there are many memories, some of them great, some of them not. However, we all grew up and are able to see eye to eye on the mission ahead: making sure my creativity gets the best possible outlet. I am much looking forward to this team delivering the goods and releasing some killer music.”

SONS OF LIBERTY: Brush-Fires of The Mind is set for a July 13th release. Schaffer handles all vocals and instrumentation for Sons of Liberty, but the effort also features guest solos by legendary producer Jim Morris, ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele and world-class bassist, Ruben Drake. Born from Schaffer’s desire to stimulate curiosity about a pattern of global banking corruption that is undermining the independence of people and their countries, SONS OF LIBERTY aims to spearhead a multi-faceted and peaceful resistance of the tyranny being wrought every day on regular people. Schaffer, in turn, has reverently named his new project after a secret organization comprised of notable United States’ patriots that formed in 1765. These patriots worked fervently to expose and resist the tyranny that the colonists were subjected to, which ultimately led to the American Revolution. For additional information regarding Sons of Liberty and how you can learn more in its cause, head over to www.sons-of-liberty.net.

ICED EARTH has confirmed four special North American shows this fall. Meant as an “Escape From The Studio,” these exclusive dates will also get fans the chance to SONS OF LIBERTY on stage for their first-ever live performances.

VIP packages and exclusive...

'Wed, 23 Mar 2011

ICED EARTH have confirmed 4 North American tour dates for the Fall of 2010. Meant as an "Escape From The Studio", these exclusive dates will also get fans the chance to see Jon Schaffer's new project SONS OF LIBERTY on stage for their first-ever live performances.

Jon Schaffer: "It has been too long since we played North America and after the South American shows we felt we should bring a "Greatest Hits"-set to our loyal fans in the US. I am also very much looking forward to introducing SONS OF LIBERTY to the Minions. See you out there!"

For the dates listed below, ICED EARTH will be offering a very limited number of fans the opportunity to attend the show as the band’s guest VIPs. Fans who purchase a VIP package with www.icedearth.com will receive the following:

  • A General Admission Ticket
  • VIP meet and greet with Iced Earth
  • Autographed tour poster
  • Iced Earth Flag
  • Limited Edition Iced Earth T-Shirt
  • VIP commemorative laminate

The VIP packages are very limited and available on a first-come/ first-serve basis. The VIP package cost is $75 including the concert ticket.

VIP packages via www.icedearth.com will be available starting April 21. Regular tickets sales via Ticketmaster and all other outlets will not begin until May 7 and will be subject to local service fees.

I C E D E A R T H
with very special guest
SONS OF LIBERTY

  • Fri/Sep-10 - Washington DC -- 9:30 Club
  • Tue/Sep-21 - Chicago IL -- House of Blues
  • Thu/Sep-23 - New York NY -- Nokia Theater Times Square
  • Sat/Sep-25 - West Hollywood CA -- House of Blues