Demons & Wizards

I have never heard the band Demons & Wizards but played Dungeons & Dragons twice.

Demons & Wizards is a side-project by vocalist Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and the guitarist Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth.

Blind Guardian

I did listen to Blind Guardian a few years ago. On my birthday one year a friend of mine gave me the album “Nightfall in Middle-Earth”. I really enjoyed that album with its cinematic feel and later also bought “A Night at the Opera” when it was released. Being very impressed by Hansi’s vocals I really wanted to see him perform live.


During many years I have listened a to Dutch multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen and his Ayreon project. In 2008 Hansi made his first appearance on an Ayreon project and contributed vocals to the album “01011001”. He then returned on the 2017 album “The Source” and being a part of the Ayreon universe made me want to see him even more.

It was also a bonus that keyboardist Joost van den Broek was a part of their live band. Joost has played keyboard on a couple of Ayreon albums as well as Arjen’s other fantastic project called Star One.

Iced Earth

Iced Earth is, however, a band I have never really heard anything from. I had read about them in different magazines and knew they were a well-liked power metal band from the US. But that was about it so this was a nice opportunity to experience something new.

If I remember correctly Hansi thanked the people of Copenhell for giving a young and upcoming band as them the opportunity to perform at the festival.

Live band

On this tour the demons had help from some wizards. The live band consisted of Joost Van Den Broek (Ayreon, Star One, After Forever) on keyboards, Jake Dreyer ( Demons and Wizards ) on lead guitar, Marcus Siepen (Blind Guardian) on bass and Frederick Ehmke (Blind Guardian)on drums.