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'Wed, 16 Mar 2011

In the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow’s retirement, dozens of demos and resumes flooded Iced Earth’s management team. But one name kept popping up – Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block, who has been named the new lead singer for Iced Earth.

Stu

According to Schaffer, Robert Kampf, CEO of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.

“Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on,” said Schaffer. “We heard one of Stu’s incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, ‘Damn, that dude has serious range.’”

So while Iced Earth’s management team sifted through the growing number of prospective vocalists, Schaffer got in touch with Block.

After several phone conversations with the then-prospective Iced Earth vocalist, Schaffer asked his manager to e-mail Block several key Iced Earth songs, with the vocals stripped. Block went into his studio and recorded himself singing, then sent the files back to the team.

The result landed Block an intense two days at Schaffer’s studio where the two musicians hit it off.

“I felt a lot of chemistry between us, we knocked out a couple of great original pieces of music in no time” said Schaffer. “He’s very good at coming up with catchy melodies, and will help with lyrical duties as well. There’s no doubt Stu has an amazing vocal range and a lot of energy, but he also has the touring experience, which is a big plus for our plans of performing in all corners of the world.”

In addition, Schaffer said Block has what Iced Earth needs in a front man: “stage presence that includes high energy, passion, and focused rage.”

“Stu is charismatic and understands the depth and varying emotions in Iced Earth’s music,” said Schaffer. “So he will embody not only the emotion of our songs, but he will be able to perform them in a dynamic way. I believe fans are in for some incredible records and live shows in the coming years.”

New Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block concurs: “Iced Earth fans are wonderful, wonderful people,” he said. “The music is so passionate. So they’re passionate, and very loyal to the band. I am, too. I’m a huge fan of Iced Earth myself. So I share that same passion, and I will show it on stage. I think the fans are really going to dig it.”

Block continues: “It’s a huge honor to be doing this, to be part of this team,” he said. “It’s a dream come true, for sure.”

Schaffer is totally stoked. “This is a new beginning,” he said. “It’s game-on time. Iced Earth is going to record and tour like it never has before....

'Wed, 22 Jun 2011

ICED EARTH 2011 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

(Limited VIP Tickets Available! See Banners On Right-Hand Side Of Page.)

30.10.2011

DE

Bochum

Zeche

http://www.metaltix.com

01.11.2011

NL

Amsterdam

Melkweg

http://www.ticketmaster.nl

02.11.2011

NL

Uden

De Pul

http://www.ticketmaster.nl

03.11.2011

BEL

Antwerp

Trix

http://www.biebob.com

04.11.2011

GBR

London

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

http://www.o2shepherds
bushempire.co.uk

05.11.2011

GBR

Birmingham

O2 Academy

http://www.o2academy
birmingham.co.uk

06.11.2011

GBR

Bristol

O2 Academy

http://www.o2academybristol.co.uk

07.11.2011

 

day off

 

08.11.2011

FRA

Paris

Alhambra

http://www.ticketnet.fr

09.11.2011

FRA

Lyon

Transbordeur

http://www.ticketnet.fr

10.11.2011

ESP

Barcelona

Salamandra 1

www.codetickets.com

11.11.2011

ESP

Madrid

Sala Heineken

www.ticktackticket.com

12.11.2011

ESP

Bilbao

Rock Star Live

www.ticktackticket.com

13.11.2011

 

day off

...
'Thu, 03 Mar 2011

Long-time vocalist Matt Barlow has retired from Iced Earth.

In his heartfelt statement, Barlow cites his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more as the reasons for his retirement; however, he has committed to perform with Iced Earth on all 2011 European festival dates, which will be his last with the band.

Matt Barlow’s official statement is as follows:

“Brothers and Sisters,

“Let me begin by saying how much of an honor it has been to share my time in Iced Earth with Jon and the guys…and with all of you! Since my return to the band in 2007, it has truly been extraordinary. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and see old friends and meet new ones. Though we had originally thought that the Iced Earth touring schedule would be very limited, we were able to play our fair share of concerts.

“During that time we were also able to have a live DVD produced [the forthcoming Festivals of the Wicked]. However, due to the rapidly changing music industry, it has become increasingly clear to recording artists that the only way to keep a band viable and to truly reach its potential is through live performances. That means that a band must reach out to new regions of the globe and become pioneers for their own livelihood. Since 2007, Jon and I have always had the best intentions for the future of Iced Earth, and we still do. However, given the band’s projected touring schedule, Iced Earth’s future and mine must now take separate paths.

“On my departure from Iced Earth in 2003, I made a commitment to my wife and to the idea that we would start, and raise, our family together. Two years later, my first child was  born and two years after that, my second. My youngest son was born about a week before Jon asked me to return to Iced Earth. It was a very exciting and emotional time for all of  us, but we were all clear on our intentions. It is apparent to us now that regardless of our belief at that time, time can change an intended outcome. In this instance, I hope that  change will not be regarded as a bad thing, but rather as a necessary part of evolution.

“Jon and the band must venture into new realms to continue to grow Iced Earth. I commend him for his ideals and wish nothing but to share in his vision. I know that this is not the last time Jon and I will work together, but it will be my last endeavor with Iced Earth. Iced Earth is a name and force of its own. It has been very good to me and has allowed me to live a dream that others would give most anything for. I have been truly blessed to share this experience with everyone. I will continue to support Jon and Iced Earth in every way. I will also continue to create and perform in my own capacity.

“These next months will prove to be a very emotional time for me. I am extremely happy to be able to...

'Mon, 28 Feb 2011

Iced Earth has just been confirmed to perform at Dong Open Air in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, on July 15th.

Dong Open Air has been showcasing the finest hard rock, melodic, rock, black metal, thrash, and power metal bands since 2001.

For more information, visit the official Dong Open Air web site.

'Fri, 18 Feb 2011

Then you need to be on the Official Iced Earth Facebook page!

From Iced Earth Day listening parties, to studio reports, to exclusive photos, to interaction with fans from all over the world...you can find it all on the Official Iced Earth Facebook page.

Stop by, "Like" us...and join in the fun!

'Mon, 14 Feb 2011

Just announced: the band is scheduled to perform at the Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland, on July 16th, 2011. For more information visit the official Ilosaarirock web site.

Stay tuned. More summer festival dates will be announced soon!

'Thu, 03 Mar 2011

Iced Earth is confirmed to play Sweden Rock Festival, June 8-11, 2011, in Sölvesborg! The band joins a line-up that includes Whitesnake, Priest, Rob Zombie, Ozzy, Helloween, and others. This will be Iced Earth's first appearance at SRF since 2007. This is one major festival you won't want to miss! So don't. Or Set will kick your ass.

For more information, visit the official Sweden Rock Festival web site.

NOTE: Iced Earth is scheduled to perform on June 10, 2011.

'Wed, 09 Feb 2011

On January 24th, Iced Earth joins 39 other metal bands from around the world on the four-day 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise – and promises one hell of a show.

“I’m excited,” said Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer. “We’ve been looking forward to this for months. This is our first show of 2011 so we intend to go balls-to-the-wall and make some of our own waves in the Caribbean.”

Drummer Brent Smedley and lead guitarist Troy Seele agree.

“We are so excited about the 70,000 Tons of METAL cruise,” Smedley said. “So many great bands all in one place! Also, we look forward to hanging out with all of the fans. What better way to start the new year than with TONS of METAL, 2,000 fans, and 24/7 bars. Let the Metal flow, cruise-ship style!”

Said Seele: “The band is excited to be able to get so close to the fans. What better way than to be on a floating island of metal?”

Iced Earth is scheduled to play two blistering one-hour sets, comprised of some two-dozen fan-favorite songs. This promises to be a banner year for Iced Earth. Not only is a new album in the works for release late 2011 (followed by a world tour), but Iced Earth will release a 6-hour, three-concert live DVD this Spring. Plus, the band was recently confirmed to play European festivals Wacken, Graspop, and Rock am Härtsfeldsee. More festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, MySpace, and Facebook pages.

A limited number of tickets may still be available at the 70,000 Tons of Metal web site.

'Fri, 24 Dec 2010

It's official! Iced Earth has been booked to play the famous Rock am Härtsfeldsee festival June 24-25, 2011, in Dischingen, Germany.

Mark your calendars. Apply for (or dust off) your passports. Make plans now to attend!

For more information, visit the Rock am Härtsfeldsee web site

'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.