The band members of Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer issued a statement after news that the musician was wanted by US authorities for participating in the Capitol riots on January 6.
Shaffer was wanted by the Washington Metropolitan Police after posing for a photo among Trump supporters who violated the U.S. Central Government Building on January 6. Congress was verifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
In a statement today (January 10) via bassist Luke Appleton’s Instagram page, the other members of the Florida Heavy Metal Band – Appleton, Stu Block, Jake Dreyer and Brent Smedley – first said that they understand that their silence caused some people’s concerns , Explaining that they need time to properly handle the incident before issuing a statement.
The band said: “We absolutely do not tolerate or support the riots, or the violence that thugs took part in at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
“We hope to bring all persons involved that day to justice, accept investigations, and respond to their actions.”
Read the full statement below:
Schaff was photographed among thugs violating the security regulations of the Capitol, and in an image taken by Roberto Schmidt of Agence France-Presse, it seemed heinous in the middle of the chaotic scene.
He has since appeared as part of a DC police PowerPoint presentation that documented people’s pursuit of “turmoil-related crimes” and illegal entry into the Capitol.
Musicians John Maus and Ariel Pink have also come under fire for participating in a rally in Washington. Earlier this week, Pink was abandoned by the record company Mexico Summer .