Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Just over a month ago, Iced Earth dropped the news that longtime guitarist Troy Steele was leaving the band to focus on family matters. The band then began a worldwide search for a new guitarist and were accepting audition videos. Tons of guitarists sent in videos, but we all know that only one person can be chosen, and the name of that person has been revealed today. Ladies and gentlemen, the new lead guitarist of Iced Earth is called Jake Dreyer. Jon Schaffer posted the following statement on the band's Facebook welcoming Jake to the band.
Please join us in welcoming Jake Dreyer, our new lead guitar player, to the Iced Earth family. We're excited for Jake to be a part of the team as he has the talent, drive, and the personality we were looking for. Jake joined Stu and I last week to do some tracking at Independence Hall and he hammered out some ripping guitar solos on several songs from the new album. Jake will play on the upcoming Iced Earth studio album and will perform his first live show with us in November at Hammerfest in Germany.
I want to personally thank all of the guitarists who auditioned for the position, it was an overwhelming response, and there are many very talented guys out there. So again, thank you for your passion and interest.
We are progressing at an excellent rate on the new record and I can say that with all sincerity that this will be one of the most significant albums in the Iced Earth catalog. We are pumped. It's the next level.
Stay tuned, and best to you all
We're looking forward to hearing what Jake will bring to Iced Earth on the new record and live. Stay tuned for more details.