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Anders Friden Reports Schaffer's Rude Behaviour

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IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén has slammed ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer over comments Schaffer made during ICED EARTH's 2002 North American tour, which featured IN FLAMES in the support slot.

"I have fucking little love for a certain guy in that band," Anders Fridén told Sweden's premiere rock/metal magazine Close-Up for its March issue, referring to Shaffer. "I'm not the kind of person who talks shit about people — but this isn't bullshit, for that matter — [or the kind of person to] expose someone [in the press]. We supported ICED EARTH in the U.S. and did amazing well. We got a really great response and [Jon] — the rest of the band were cool — was upset, I guess. It ended with him calling us 'spoiled European pussies,' saying that I was a fucking rock star and a lot of other things. I'm fucking far from being a rock star, so I didn't feel guilty, but it was weird how he could make us out to be 'spoiled European pussies.' There were lot of complaints [from Jon], and our part of the stage was getting smaller and smaller, even though we'd sold out some of the venues before on our own. I could barely stand by the mic stand, that's how tight it was between the drum set and me. Then [I had issues with some of] his statements, which are [very] pro-America, to say the least. He talked shit about Swedes and Europeans in front of us and the other support act JAG PANZER, whose drummer [Rikard Stjernquist] is of Swedish descent. The drummer said 'What are you saying? I'm half Swedish,' to which [Jon] responded, 'Yeah, but you've lived in America for a long time, so we're not talking about you.' I've gotten along with everyone we've toured with, and I didn't think it was [that bad], even though we had differences of opinion, but [Jon] is the only person on this planet that I can't stand."

Source: metalstorm

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1. Pete writes:

being a huge in flames fan and reading this that guy just sounds like a huge a$$ hole, im also american reading this

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2. Todd Collins writes:

Hell yeah Anders, that Iced Earth singer is a douchebag and he's the only reason Iced Earth cds aren't in my collection. In Flames rule, except for Soundtrack To Your Escape.

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3. Todd Collins writes:

I'm also an American.

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4. Kevin Haynes writes:

I am American...and I say without hesitation that Jon Schaffer needs to be shot. Then there would be no more whiney voiced d*** who has to trash other bands because he can't except the fact that IN FLAMES/Anders is far better. Metal would'nt be metal without Europe...

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5. Dennis Smetanick writes:

It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of narrow minded people populate the music scene. In fact, its quite pitiful some of the actions made by these people, things they say, things they do. I'm a guitar player of 12 years, and never in my life would I think about cutting down another musician unless I had a ligit reason. Sure, I've had run into my fair share of pretensious "musicians", it seems they come and go. In Flames are not p***ies, they are very kind and down-to-earth Swedes. I've never met a whole band that showed this much empathy towards their fans. Given that there's a language barrier, but it seemed when I spoke to Bjorn and Jesper, it felt like there were no broken words or facades. These guys are pretty real, and down to passion with music. Words can't define exactly who these guys are, but we all know they're unstopable and they're not just flesh and bone, but they have soul behind what they do.

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6. Dave Berube writes:

In Flames rules...'nuff said.
I guess I'll state that I'm also American.

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