Citing his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more, Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow has said in a statement that he is retiring. He has committed to perform with Iced Earth on all of the band’s 2011 European festival dates; these will be his last with the band.
“Let me begin by saying how much of an honor it has been to share my time in Iced Earth with Jon and the guys…and with all of you,” says Barlow. “Since my return to the band in 2007, it has truly been extraordinary. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and see old friends and meet new ones. Though we had originally thought that the Iced Earth touring schedule would be very limited, we were able to play our fair share of concerts.
“However, given the band’s projected touring schedule, Iced Earth’s future and mine must now take separate paths,” he continued.
He says that when he first left the band in 2003, “I made a commitment to my wife and to the idea that we would start, and raise, our family together. Two years later, my first child was born and two years after that, my second. My youngest son was born about a week before Jon asked me to return to Iced Earth. It was a very exciting and emotional time for all of us, but we were all clear on our intentions. It is apparent to us now that regardless of our belief at that time, time can change an intended outcome. In this instance, I hope that change will not be regarded as a bad thing, but rather as a necessary part of evolution.
“I know that this is not the last time Jon and I will work together, but it will be my last endeavor with Iced Earth. Iced Earth is a name and force of its own. It has been very good to me and has allowed me to live a dream that others would give most anything for. I have been truly blessed to share this experience with everyone. I will continue to support Jon and Iced Earth in every way.”
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