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Iced Earth singer is a happy new camper

For Journal Register Newspapers

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Joining Florida headbangers Iced Earth in the spring of 2011 was a no-brainer for Stu Block.

“I was always a fan of Iced Earth, ever since ‘Burnt Offerings’ (in 1995),” says Block, 34, whose other band, Into Eternity, was about to go on hiatus when Iced Earth guitarist and leader Jon Schaffer reached out to Block to replace the departing Matt Barlow.

“I’ve always loved the music. I love the passion Jon has; he’s a very experienced very nice guy. The fans are really loyal. It’s a really well-established band. I knew I would have a good time with these guys.”

Block came on board for the writing of Iced Earth’s latest album, “Dystopia,” which includes a reworking of the “Burnt Offerings” track “Dante’s Inferno,” which was released as a teaser for the album. He feels that Iced Earth fans have accepted him into the fold, and he’s looking forward to a long tenure with the band.

“On a smaller scale, I went through the same thing with Into Eternity; when I joined, they already had a good fan base and a few records under their belt, so I knew how to work into that kind of situation with (Iced Earth),” he explains. “I’ve been very blessed that 98 percent of the fans have really accepted me as the new singer, so I’m very happy with that. It’s a good situation.”

Iced Earth and Warbringer perform Friday, March 16, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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