Ripper Not Officially Iced.
Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer told BW&BK, "Tim was hired to do the vocals for the record only. Two days after we finished, he lost his gig with PRIEST. Obviously this changes things and maybe he will be the new guy someday in the future, but right now he needs some time to figure out what he's going to do."
"There will come a time when I will decide to look for a permanent singer in the near future, if Tim can't commit. I hired Tim to do this record knowing that he had the ability to do the parts that I'd written and that was the extent of it. I would love to have Tim as the new frontman in ICED EARTH, but he's got to want it or it's no good for anyone involved. He's going through a big change in his life and I will give him some time to figure out what he wants for his future career, but obviously we can't wait forever.
"Either way, ICED EARTH will carry on in
the same tradition as always. I feel great and am very, very optimistic
for the band's future, no matter who ends up in the vocal position. I will
find the right guy and maybe it is Tim. Time will tell. This record has
brought about a new beginning for the band and fate will take its course!"
Hopefully, they have things sorted out by the time the album comes out this Fall so they can tour to support it.