Luke Appleton Quits Iced Earth
After nine years in the band, bassist Luke Appleton has left the ranks of Iced Earth. The news coincides with the departure of vocalist Stu Block, who similarly resigned a month after guitarist and bandleader Jon Schaffer was arrested for his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“In response to recent events & circumstances, I have notified Iced Earth’s management and Jon that I will be resigning as the Iced Earth bassist with immediate effect,” Appleton wrote on Facebook. “I would like to thank everyone who has sent me their support and love during this difficult time. Thank you!!!”
The bass player joined Iced Earth in 2012 and is featured on the album Plagues of Babylon and Incorruptible. In addition to Iced Earth, he played with Fury UK. He’s also the guitarist for Absolva and has a solo acoustic project.