Ariel Pink and John Mouse were not the only musicians at Trump’s big rally in Washington this week. Louder Sound reports that John Shaffer, founder and guitarist of the Florida metal band Iced Earth, was also present – and unlike the others, he was actually filmed taking part in the violent crowd in the Capitol building.
Schaefer is now wanted by the FBI for his role in the uprising, and a page on the agency’s website is seeking public help to identify and find Schaefer and others of interest. The Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia is offering a reward of up to $ 1,000 for information that could lead to their arrest.
Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kursch, who also plays with Schaefer in the band Demons & Wizards, talks about the attack on the Capitol. “We are deeply shocked and our thoughts are related to the relatives of the deceased,”
“The incidents will be thoroughly investigated and those responsible will be brought to justice,” Blind Guardian said in a statement. “We ask for your understanding that in view of the hourly news situation, we will not make any further comments at this time.”
Shaffer is a prominent Trump supporter who previously attended another rally in Washington in November to protest the election results. “A group of thugs and criminals have abducted this country for a long time,” he told a German newspaper The world at this time. “Now they are making a big move and it will not happen. And that’s it. “