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Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:00 am

Band abandons insurrectionist

Metal band Iced Earth included the song “The Path I Choose” on the quintet's 1992 album, “Night of the Stormrider.”

You have to wonder if band founder, principal songwriter and guitarist Jon Schaffer wishes he had chosen a different path Jan. 6, when he took part in the deadly pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Schaffer used to live in Fort Wayne and attended Northrop High School. He was arrested for his role in the insurrection and faces federal charges including engaging in a physical act of violence at the Capitol, where police said Schaffer was among rioters who sprayed them with “bear spray” – a pepper spray-like substance.

Now, he's essentially without the band that's been his livelihood since Iced Earth was founded in 1984.

Singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton recently announced via Facebook they quit.

“Well, there are times and events when you have to take stock and reevaluate your life, work, and trajectory for the future,” Block wrote in a post Monday. “That being said I have informed Jon and his current management that I must announce my resignation from Iced Earth with immediate effect. Before I made any personal decision I needed the last few weeks to process the situation as well as respect others in our camp processing the situation.”

Appleton wrote that he quit “in response to recent events & circumstances.”

Schaffer is in federal custody, and no court hearings have been scheduled, court records show.

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