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6th February 2018

luke appleton

Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton is to release a solo acoustic four-track EP on 9th March 2018 and play thirty-seven European tour dates as special guest to Blaze Bayley.

Luke, also rhythm guitarist with British Metallers Absolva, recorded 'How Does It Feel To Be Alive?' in December 2017 and the CD is available to order now via his own website,, as a bonus edition with signed postcard and custom Iced Earth/Absolva guitar pick.

The EP was produced by Luke's brother Chris Appleton, singer and lead guitarist with Absolva and Blaze Bayley, recorded at the brothers' studio in Manchester, England, and is released via the Rocksector Records label.

Luke, well known for his true appetite for touring, faces a busy year. He's just completed another European tour with his main outfit Iced Earth who are promoting their extremely well-received 'Incorruptible' album and towards the end of February they tour across North America.

Immediately upon completion of that tour, Luke will hook up with Blaze Bayley for the thirty-seven dates, visiting Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Norway.

After that, Luke hooks back up with Iced Earth for the summer festival season before heading out on Absolva's October/November European tour.

luke appleton

In Luke's own words...

"After an amazingly productive year in 2017, recording the albums 'Incorruptible' with Iced Earth and 'Defiance' with Absolva, I knew I was in for a freakishly busy 2018... and boy was I right!

"As well as touring and promoting both these albums, I'm now releasing my debut acoustic CD. I'm extremely happy and proud of this release. The four tracks are 100% Luke Appleton compositions. I had the help of my brother Chris Appleton as the producer and engineer, and I'm very pleased with the sound we've created together.

"It's going to be a pleasure to promote and perform this CD on the upcoming European tour supporting Blaze Bayley in April and May. People ask me if I ever get tired or overwhelmed, my answer is definitely not! Music is my love and passion. The busier I am, the happier I am.

"A lot more exciting things are to happen this year and I cannot wait to dig in to them all!"

'How Does It Feel To Be Alive?' tracklisting:
1. How Does It Feel To Be Alive?
2. The Fear Is A Lie
3. Three Eyed Crow
4. The Sound Of Liberty


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