Denmark's Antenna webzaine recently conducted an interview with DEMONS & WIZARDS frontman Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Antenna: What about touring activities?
Hansi Kürsch: "I hope that Bobby Jarzombek [drums; ICED EARTH, HALFORD] will join us on a tour if it comes to that. Jim Morris [producer] will certainly not be able to join, since he's much too busy with his studio, so we need to find someone for the lead-guitar as well as the bass guitar. Jon has had his eyes on the bass player from SENTENCED [Sami Kukkohovi], but I don't know why nor his name. He just keeps mentioning his name again and again. If we should go on tour, he's the first one on the list."
Antenna: Speaking of Jim Morris' affection for psychedelic rock, I assume that he was thrilled when you decided to record a cover of LED ZEPPELIN's "Immigrant Song"?
Hansi Kürsch: "Yes, definitely. I think everyone were excited, although Jon was less than me and Jim, because he's not a huge fan of LED ZEPPELIN. But we all agreed on that song. The outstanding thing about that song is that is ended up on the regular album instead of being the bonus track as it was initially intended to be. It switched places with 'Spatial Architects' from the digipack. We recorded 'Immigrant Song' in four or five hours, and it rarely happens so fast when it's your own music or arrangements.
Antenna: Does it constitute a conflict since Jim is also working extensively with ICED EARTH, hence giving Jon an advantage over you?
Hansi Kürsch: "No. I haven't experienced such a situation. If you knew Jim Morris, you'd know that he's way too professional for such a thing. There is a very easy rule in DEMONS & WIZARDS. Jon, who writes the basic arrangement and instrumentation, definitely has the last word in any given situation if there is any conflict. If it comes to melodies, it is me who decides what to do."
Read the entire interview at this location.