Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Some bummer news from the Iced Earth camp. It has been announced that longtime guitarist Troy Steele, who has been with the band since 2007, has announced that he has quit the band due to family responsibilities. To date, he has appeared on the following albums: Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked (Parts 1 & 2), Dystopia and Plagues Of Babylon.
The band have posted the following statement regarding Steele's departure on their Facebook page.
Playing in Iced Earth has been a great experience. It's taken me around the world many times and given me the chance to meet many of my heroes, as well as play in front of crowds larger than I ever dreamed of. I personally want to thank Jon and the guys for the music and the amazing times through the years. Thank you to the fans for your understanding and your support."
Frontman Stu Block comments on Steele's departure: "It's very sad that troy is leaving. He will be missed and will always be considered family to us. I wish him the best of luck in everything he does."
Guitarist Jon Schaffer comments: "Troy was a good friend before he became a part of the team, and always will be. I understand and respect his decision. We shared some of the most amazing times of our lives together. We laughed hard, and we laughed often. Be well brother. We all wish you the very best."
We all wish Troy the best in his future. He will perform his last gig with the band at the KnotFest in Mexico City on October 16th. Iced Earth have now begun a worldwide search for a new guitarist to commit to the recording of the new album The Judas Goat and upcoming tour cycle. The band will headline the MTV Headbanger's Ball tour in Europe throughout December with support from Ensiferum, Kataklysm and Unearth.