Iced Earth Frontman To Undergo Neck Surgery

Jon Schaffer

Jon Schaffer

Oh no!

I hope Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer will be alright.

He says in this interview that he has “to have neck surgery. It’s the second cervical fusion. I had the first one 14 years ago. And, ironically, we did Wacken, like, three and a half weeks after that, and I was in a neck brace and shit.

“But this time, there is no chance for me to do it and heal up through the summer because of what it takes,” he offers.

“So, I mean, basically, early September, I’m going under the blade again and I’m gonna get this fixed. ‘Cause it’s rapidly gotten worse. I would say since the recording of Plagues Of Babylon is when it really started to get bad. It’s been bothering me for a long time, but now it’s getting to the point where it’s actually affecting my hands and my shoulders and it’s really not good. A little break would be good, because it’s not just the performing of Iced Earth, it’s the whole thing. It’s a 24-7 job, so it’s just gonna be good to be able to take a few weeks and not hear the words ‘Iced Earth’ for awhile or anything and do some stuff with my daughter and have some good quality time. So that alone will recharge the batteries, let alone getting the neck situation fixed up.”

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

  • Guardian Anubis

    Good luck Jon, and get well quickly!..You are the boss!..