ICED EARTH Mainman Interviewed In Hollywood

On September 25, Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with guitarist Jon Schaffer of U.S. power metallers ICED EARTH at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California. You can now watch the chat in two parts below.

ICED EARTH kicked off its four-city U.S. tour on September 10 in Washington DC, followed by Chicago (September 21), New York (September 23), and West Hollywood (September 25).

The touring lineup for ICED EARTH is as follows:

Jon Schaffer - Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Matt Barlow - Lead and Backing Vocals
Brent Smedley - Drums
Troy Seele - Lead Guitar
Freddie Vidales - Bass Guitar

Jon's SONS OF LIBERTY band, featuring Schaffer on lead vocals, made its live debut on this tour.

Schaffer is currently working on a new ICED EARTH album (scheduled for release next fall), a live DVD (scheduled for release before the end of this year), and a special project he will only say fans will "freakin' love."

The soon-to-be-released DVD is called "Festivals Of The Wicked". It features full-length concerts from several European festivals — namely Wacken Open Air in 2007 (with Tim "Ripper" Owens on lead vocals); and Metalcamp and Rock Hard in 2008 (with Matt Barlow on lead vocals) — a rockin' road movie, a long interview with Jon, and more.

To help him with his many projects, Schaffer recently hired veteran writer Bill Murphy, owner of PurpleCrayon Direct (a marketing and public relations consulting firm that specializes in working with people who make their living in the arts) as global publicity director for ICED EARTH and SONS OF LIBERTY. Murphy's first task was to create an official ICED EARTH Facebook page, and help Jon and his management team create clear and concise communications strategies for ICED EARTH and SONS OF LIBERTY.

Schaffer formed ICED EARTH in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 10 studio albums, one live album, two compilations, and three boxed sets. With worldwide sales topping one million albums, ICED EARTH has earned a seat in the pantheon of America's most successful heavy-metal bands.

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