Ex-Iced Earth Vocalist Matt Barlow Says He Spoke to Jon Schaffer: ‘He’s Fine’
Old FROZEN EARTH leader Matt Barlow say that Jon Schaffer is doing “well”, more than a year after being arrested for his role in the United States Capitol riot.
The 50-year-old singer, married to Schaffersister of, discussed her current relationship with FROZEN EARTH‘s founder, songwriter, guitarist and producer while doing press for his ASHES OF ARES project. Asked by Greece “TV War” if he spoke to Jon in the 12 months since Schaffer was taken into federal custody, Mast said, “I spoke to Jon, but we don’t talk about that kind of stuff. He is fine. I mean, he’s my brother-in-law.”
FROZEN EARTH played his last gig with barlow at the 2011 edition of outdoor wacken festival in Wacken, Germany.
barlow announced his departure from FROZEN EARTH in March 2011. In a heartfelt statement, he cited his commitment to his family and the need to FROZEN EARTH turn more as reasons for his retirement; however, he is committed to playing with FROZEN EARTH on all 2011 European Festival dates, including outdoor wacken.
A little over a year ago, barlow reunited with Schaffer to celebrate the holiday season with an EP titled “Winter Nights”. released under the SCHAFFER/BARLOW PROJECT banner, the effort contained the duo’s unique spin on five Christmas classics and two FROZEN EARTH Songs.
last April, Schaffer pleaded guilty to his role in the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot. As part of the plea deal, Jon entered into a cooperation agreement with the government.
Following the first reports which Schaffer was involved in the riot, his FROZEN EARTH bandmates distanced themselves from his actions. A singer Block Stu and bassist Luke Appleton later released separate statements on social media announcing their resignations. BLIND GUARDIAN leader Hansi Kursch also leave DEMONS AND WIZARDShis long-time project with Schaffer. The allegations also apparently affected Schaffer‘s relationship with his longtime record label Media of the Centurywho had released albums of both FROZEN EARTH and DEMONS AND WIZARDS. Since mid-January 2021, the Media of the Century the artist listing page did not list either group.
ASHES OF ARESwhich also includes the former FROZEN EARTH member Freddie Vidalesreleased their third studio album, “Emperors and Fools”on January 21 through ROAR! rock of angels. The LP ends with the eleven-minute epic “The Monster’s Lament” which includes the long imagined union of forces between barlow and another old FROZEN EARTH a singer, Tim “Ripper” Owens.
“Emperors and Fools” was produced by ASHES OF ARESand mixed and mastered by Byron Filson at Villain recording in Phoenix, Arizona. The cover was made by Kamil Pietruczynik.
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