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Iced Earth Losing Bassist

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Freddie Vidales is leaving Iced Earth.

Not now. But soon. The band’s bassist will leave after Iced Earth‘s Chinese shows later on this month. No explanation was offered for Vidales’ impending exit.

Because of the band’s massive touring commitments, there was immediate need for a replacement; the band called on Luke Appleton of Fury UK to fill in starting in India on June 16.

Iced Earth’s concert in Bangalore is a first visit to India for the band. A show August 19 in Limassol marks a much-clamored return to Cyprus, only eight months after their last show there.

That show is being filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD/CD release.

“The decision of where to do the next Iced Earth live album and DVD was not an easy one,” guitarist and mainman Jon Schaffer.

“We have experienced so many amazing audiences around the world that we really wish we could film them all. However, the electricity and atmosphere of the first show in Cyprus was so killer that we are convinced this is the best place to do our next DVD. Who knows what the future holds? There will be many more albums and touring cycles…your city may be next!”