ICED EARTH’S Jon Schaffer: “I plan to come back from vacation completely recharged and ready to kill.”
Jon Schaffer and IcedEarth.com got together on March 13, 2009 for an update on the band's forthcoming live DVD as well Jon's plans for the immediate future.
The audio interview can be downloaded here (mp3 format, 8.4 MB). The main talking points of the interview are outlined below.
Regarding the immediate plans for ICED EARTH:
JS: “Well, right now I’m wrapping up the post-production for the, “FESTIVALS OF THE WICKED” DVD which I expect will come out late Summer or Fall of this year. I don’t know that for sure, it depends on when we wrap things up, but that’s the plan. That’s the next project.
“ICED EARTH is going to be taking some downtime. I’ve been very, very busy. I haven’t taken any kind of vacation in six years and I have been non-stop ICED EARTH for three-and-a-half years - from the beginning of the writing of both of these records through the recording, the touring – and there has been a lot of touring…it’s just time. I need to step back from it a little bit. And I’ve got other things planned for this year which I’ll be announcing in due course, but my goals are for right now are to get the DVD finished and (then) to get away completely – no cell phones, no e-mail, no contact with the outside world, just me and my family at a very nice isolated place, no music business, no nothing, and it’s going to be awesome. That’s going to be cool and I plan to come back completely recharged and ready to kill.”