German power metallers IRON SAVIOR have been forced to cancel their appearance at the inaugural installment of the Blind Guardian Open Air festival after guitarist Joachim "Piesel" Küstner came down with an ear infection. "For a couple of days, [Piesel] had an infection in his right ear which already has been treated by a doctor," guitarist/vocalist Piet Sielck writes on the band's official web site. "[Thursday] night the left ear also started to show the same symptoms... With two almost deaf and hurting ears it was out of the question to play the show. I hope that all of you will forgive us and keep your fingers crossed for a fast recovery of Piesel."
Piet also offered the following update on his non-IRON SAVIOR-related activities: "The new PARAGON CD [which Piet produced-Ed.] is ready by now and won't disappoint those of you, who are into straight forward power metal. I really like it! Also AIRBORN from Italy finished their work at Powerhouse [studios in Hamburg, Germany]. The new album turned out to be a lot better than the first, which was good but had some problems... I'd strongly recommend to check it out! Also I am looking forward to get married again next Friday. So lots of things for me to take care of and to organize... That's it for now, take care and talk2U asap! Heavy Metal is the Law, Piet."
As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN are headlining the Blind Guardian Open Air festival, which is taking place June 13-14 at BGS Open Air Arena in Coburg/Bamberg, Germany. Other bands set to appear at the event include RAGE, PRIMAL FEAR, SOILWORK, NAPALM DEATH, FREEDOM CALL, GRAVE DIGGER and TANKARD.