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ICED EARTH Frontman Responds To Fan Outrage Over Jon Schaffer Invading Capitol Building

Perhaps you've heard that Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer was possibly spotted at the storming the United States Capitol building – guitarist Jon Schaffer. While it's not 100% confirmed that Schaffer is the one in the photograph, the clothing he wears matches clothing worn on previous occasions, and you can see the wrist tattoo matching. With authorities seeking his arrest, fans were waiting for a member of the band to make a comment.

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Frontman Stu Block chimed in on Instagram, posting an image of a heart and writing “Nuff said #love.”.

A fan commented “I unfortunately can no longer support the band you are in. Much love and respect for you as a person and a great singer but Jon no longer gets a dime from me. I will follow and support you in all future endeavors. I hope Jon realizes that being self centered and ideological does not just affect him but his extended family. God Bless you and your family.”

Block’s response was “t[h]is is your decision and how you feel and I must absolutely respect that.”

Another commenter wrote "Stu, first off, love you dude. But, gotta know where you stand with Jon being there. From one cat dad to another."

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Stu responded "Thank you and I totally understand youwant to know. I would too if I were you. I live in Canada and do not really engage in political stuff or share my beleiefs. I have chosen to spread love and not comment or allow any hate on my [social media]. I hope yo understand."

Schaffer marched in a previous protest in November, and identified himself to a German newspaper, although he was erroneously referred to as "Jon Schaper."

John Schaper [sic] is marching steadily on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. By "they" he means the establishment of American politics. A black and white picture of Donald Trump is emblazoned on the back of his vest. The President is holding a gun in his hands and the American flag can be seen in the background. And underneath the words: "Drain the swamp", drains the swamp. The quagmire of established politicians whom Trump despises as much as his supporters do.

Schaper, gray beard, silver earring, has traveled from Indiana to take part in a protest march in the capital.

The man who runs a few meters from Schaper wears camouflage pants. He has thrown his backpack over his right shoulder and a helmet, also in camouflage, is dangling from it. A logo on his vest reveals that he is a member of the Oath Keepers – an extreme right-wing militia made up mostly of former military and security forces.

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Does Schaper expect riots? “If someone uses violence against us, we will react accordingly. We don't want that, but we are ready, ”he says. His tone of voice leaves no doubt that he means his words seriously.

Schaffer has previously identified as “a constitutional conservative.”

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