Luke Appleton

  • Birthday: June 5th
  • Favourite food: Crispy Aromatic Duck
  • Favourite beverage: Jack Daniels Honey
  • Favourite movies/ documentaries: Still Crazy, Roadhouse, Con Air, The Walking Dead Series.
  • Favourite saying: "Just cos you`ve got the power, that don`t mean you`ve got the right."
  • Influences as a bassist: Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Dave Ellefson, Cliff Burton, John Myung.

"I began playing at age 11. My brother, Chris, was already getting pretty good on lead guitar so I picked up bass. I started my first band, Breakdown, when i was 12 with 2 friends & we did OK until the bass player position came available in my brother's band, Fury UK, & I joined in August 2008 making my debut at Bloodstock Open Air.

With Fury UK I released 2 full length albums & a DVD. I was lucky enough to tour many parts of the world, also sharing a stage with some great bands - Saxon, Y&T, Michael Schenker Group, Blaze Bayley & of course Iced Earth in the winter of 2011. I was proud to be announced as new bassist with Iced Earth on 10th April 2012.

So far, my time with Iced Earth has been awesome! I really enjoyed the first tour, recording the DVD in Cyprus was amazing & I can't wait for the next chapter. To relax I like to exercise and play my guitar or bass.

People who inspire me are my grandfather Harry Appleton, my father Mark Appleton, my brother Chris Appleton, Ronnie James Dio (RIP) and Jon Schaffer.”

Photo credit: Tim Tronckoe