Last week I had the opportunity to see live Iced Earth live again as they are now in the road with Volbeat and Hellyeah, the curious of this tour is that they are not headlining as many would think they will be. Iced Earth is not a band that regularly acts as support for other bands, in fact counting this tour, this is their fourth time on that role. Their set on this tour is only 40 minutes long, but they are 40 kick ass minutes, they played Dystopia, Anthem, Declaration Day, Melancholy, Iced Earth, V, and Pure Evil. One thing that called my attention the most, this one was the second time in a long while that I saw the floor of the Marquee Theater so full for an opening act (Last time was for Gwar). Iced Earth‘s show was pure energy and the voice of Stu Block once again blew me away, Here are some images from that night.
We talked with Stu Block In L.A during Iced Earth‘s tour with Symphony X at the beginning of the year, about his recent role as new frontman, but I was personally curious about what guitar player and founder Jon Schaffer has to say about the new direction of Iced Earth, their role as supporting band, his side projects Sons Of Liberty and Demons And Wizards, their upcoming DVD, and even his political views. So we had the opportunity to sit with Jon and talk about all of this subjects.