Even if you're not a gear head, you'll still enjoy this peek behind the scenes.
I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a very happy holiday season.
We’ve just finished the European leg of the Dystopia World Tour and it was AMAZING! The band is on fire and the chemistry is as good as it’s ever been. We are very excited to be bringing the metal on full force in the coming years. Iced Earth is back with a vengeance, and I want to thank my band mates, my crew, my management team, and my label for their hard work and commitment to excellence. But most importantly, I want to thank all of you for your dedication and belief in Iced Earth. It’s been a struggle for many years, but you’ve always been there, and that’s the best motivation I have for never giving up the fight. We are back, and we are on the right path!
I hope you all have a wonderful 2012 and we will see you on the road!
Best to you all!
What was happening behind the scenes during Iced Earth's European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour? Watch these and see!
Special thanks to Iced Earth bassist Freddie Vidales for taking time to create these fun reports.
Iced Earth bassist Freddie Vidales turns in another of his exclusive reports from the European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour. If you want to know what goes on behind-the-scenes when Iced Earth is on the road...well, you can thank Freddie for showing you. Enjoy!
Fans in Oz get ready: Iced Earth is heading Down Under.
"We are extremely happy to finally play in Australia for the first time,” Schaffer said. “It is something that is way overdue and I am looking forward to kicking ass with one of the best metal audiences in the world!"
The dates are:
- Wednesday April 4th at Billboards The Venue, Melbourne, and
- Thursday April 5th at The HiFi Sydney, Sydney.
Regular and VIP tickets are available via the Iced Earth web site Tour page.
Support acts will be announced at a later date.
TheEuropean leg of Iced Earth’s 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour (supporting the band’s 10th studio album, Dystopia) is well underway – to rave reviews. The North American leg (a co-headlining extravaganza with Symphony X) was recently announced. South American dates have been posted. More dates in other regions of the world will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. All dates will be listed on the this web site, as well as on Iced Earth's official Facebook and MySpace pages.
Here's Webisode #2 from Iced Earth's tech-savvy bassist, who filed this report from somewhere deep in Europe. Iced Earth's European leg is underway! See the Tour page for dates and to purchase tickets.
The third leg of the largest tour in Iced Earth history is revealed today with the announcement of dates for five South American countries.
"We are really excited to go back to South America on our World Dystopia Tour,” said Jon Schaffer. “We cannot wait to kick some serious ass with some of the world's greatest fans!"
Support acts will be announced at a later date.
2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour, South America
March 20, 2012 MEX - Mexico City -- Gran Forum
March 22, 2012 VEN - Caracas -- Anfiteatro El Hatillo
March 24, 2012 BRA - Sao Paulo -- Espaco Lux
March 25, 2012 BRA - Curitiba -- Master Hall
March 27, 2012 BRA - Porto Alegre -- Opiniao
March 28, 2012 ARG - Buenos Aires -- El Teatro Flores
March 30, 2012 CHI - Santiago de Chile -- Teatro Teleton
Dystopia – Iced Earth’s 10th studio album – was released in October to instant worldwide critical and fan acclaim. It debuted at #67 on theBillboard Top 200 chart – the highest first-week chart debut of any previous Iced Earth album.
The band is currently in Europe through December 15th on the first leg of the tour. After a brief rest and time with family and friends during the holidays, Iced Earth teams up with prog-metal legends Symphony X for a co-headline tour of North America (support provided by Warbringer) that begins January 31st. Symphony X leaves the tour on March 11th. Iced Earth continues for another five dates with Warbringer, March 13th – 17th.
A complete list of tour dates can be found here.
VIP ticket packages are available now for all dates, except for South America. VIP tickets for the...
What do you get when you mix equal parts Dystopia and Iconoclast?
One of the most eagerly anticipated metal tours of 2012.
"I'm excited to tour with SYMPHONY X," ICED EARTH founder Jon Schaffer said. "They're phenomenal musicians and very cool guys. This co-headliner tour will be a great experience for the fans. It is also way overdue for us to play a proper tour of North America. Get ready!"
SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo echoes Schaffer’s enthusiasm.
“We are very excited about the upcoming North American Tour with Iced Earth,” Romeo said. “We first met Jon & the guys a few years back and they were really cool. When the idea of a Co-Headline tour surfaced, we thought it would be awesome. The fans can expect a night of great music from both bands. We look forward to seeing you all real soon!”
The three-month, 30+-date, co-headliner tour begins January 31st in Hartford, Connecticut, and concludes March 11th in Clifton Park, New York.
At that point, ICED EARTH will continue another week – without SYMPHONY X – for five more dates. See our Tour page for a complete itinerary.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale exclusively on Oct 31st via this website:
VIP tickets for ICED EARTH are available through the Artist Arena link.
Schaffer formed ICED EARTH in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 10 studio albums, the newest being the highly-acclaimed Dystopia (October, 2011) – which debuted at #67 on the Billboard Top 200 chart – one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs. Thanks to massive worldwide sales -- and rabidly loyal fans – ICED EARTH has earned a seat in the pantheon of America's most successful heavy metal bands.
Visit ICED EARTH online:
With their innovative mixture of heavy metal and progressive rock, New Jersey juggernauts SYMPHONY X continue to be a favored staple among fans of prog metal around the world. Iconoclast, the band’s eighth studio album, debuted at #76 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the U.S. and at #105 on the Canadian Soundscan Top 200 chart in June.
Visit SYMPHONY X online:
We are proud to announce the first-week chart positions for Dystopia – our highly acclaimed new album – which includes our highest-ever debut on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart:
- United States – 67
- Germany - 23
- Austria - 51
- Switzerland - 53
- UK (Rock Chart) - 18
- Holland - 85
- Belgium - 96
"I’m pleased with how well Dystopia has been received by fans and critics alike", said Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer. "We knew it was a special album while we were making it. But it’s always gratifying to know that others also appreciate the time and effort we put into it. We owe our fans a big Thank You for helping the album chart so highly around the world."
To celebrate Dystopia’s runaway success, we chose today to debut the first music video from our album "Dystopia", the title track, can be viewed here:
The release of Dystopiawill be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken.
The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour is available here.The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.
A concert in Cyprus – a first for Iced Earth – was recently announced. The date is December 15th, 2011.