Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth has checked in with the below tour recap and announcement regarding the writing process for a new album later this year.
Iced Earth recently announced Fury UK's Luke Appleton as their new bass player and he will take over from Freddy Vidales next month.
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"Hello gang! Just wanted to write a thank you to all the fans on the last leg of the tour. You guys were amazing every single night, no matter where in the world we were. It was a truly special run, and one that will remain high in my memories for years to come.
"We will start song writing in the Fall this year and will continue that, and the subsequent production for the new album, in between and around upcoming tour plans for the remainder of 2012-2013. Busy, focused, and energizing times lie ahead, but we are stoked and ready! Count on it!
"I'm currently in South America, hanging with friends, and taking care of some personal business here. Home sweet home is just around the corner, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed! AHHHHH!!!!
"I'd also like to say good luck to Freddie Vidales, we had a lot of fun through the years and I wish him all the best for his future. We totally understand his decision and support it 100%. Best to you brother!
"Until next time, thank you once again... take care, and I wish you all the very best life has to offer!"
Stand by for an interview with Luke Appleton in the coming days.
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