Vocalist Hansi Kürsch (also of Blind Guardian) has confirmed that he has stepped down from his power metal side-project, Demons & Wizards.
The news of Kürsch‘s departure follows the arrest of bandmate Jon Schaffer (also of Iced Earth) as a result of his involvement in the riots of the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6th 2021.
Schaffer was subsequently arrested on January 17th 2021 and reportedly is currently being held on six felony charges.
In a short statement provided to RockHard, Kürsch confirmed that he had notified both Schaffer and their label Century Media Records of his decision to leave the band.
“I told Jon and Century Media on Monday that I was leaving the Demons & Wizards project with immediate effect. My collaboration with Jon in Demons & Wizards is over.”
At the time of writing, there’s no word from Schaffer regarding Kürsch‘s departure and/or the future of Demons & Wizards.