Hansi Kürsch has revealed that he is no longer involved with power metal project Demons & Wizards with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, as reported by Rock Hard.
The German-born Kürsch, who fronts the legendary Blind Guardian, stated (using Google translate): “I notified Jon and Century Media on Monday that I was leaving the “Demons & Wizards” project with immediate effect. My collaboration with Jon on “Demons & Wizards” is over.”
A previously posted statement from Blind Guardian reads as follows: “On the occasion of the assault upon the United States Capitol. We are deeply shocked and our thoughts are with the relatives of the deceased. We expressly distance ourselves from any kind of violence irrespective if applied against institutions or persons. The incidents will be thoroughly investigated and the responsibles will be brought to justice. We ask for your understanding that in view of the hourly news situation we will not make any further comments at present.”
Schaffer was arrested (after turning himself in) for his involvement with the January 6th failed coup attempt against the U.S. Capitol building.
Schaffer is charged with:
1. Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
2. Disrupting the Orderly Conduct of Government Business
3. Knowingly Engages in an Act of Physical Violence Against any Person or Property in any Restricted Building or Grounds
4. Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building
5. Engage in an Act of Physical Violence in a Capitol Building
6. Parade, Demonstrate, or Picket in a Capitol Building
According to a document and below photo collage revealed via the U.S. Department of Justice: “SCHAFFER was among the rioters who sprayed United States Capitol Police officers with “bear spray,” a form of capsaicin pepper spray sold by many outdoors retailers, as part of their efforts to push the officers back inside the Capitol and breach the Capitol Building themselves.”
Additionally: “The photographs show SCHAFFER in a blue hooded sweatshirt under a tactical vest with a baseball cap that reads “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member.” The “Oath Keepers” is an organization that characterizes itself as a militia of former law enforcement and military personnel and has often, as a group, urged President Trump to declare Martial Law in order to prevent the Congress from certifying the Electoral College Results.”
Century Media Records have removed both Iced earth and Demons & Wizards from their official website roster.
Featured concert photo by Johnny Perilla