Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
After several years of silence, Demons & Wizards, the supergroup featuring Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth and Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian, announced their return to activity last year. In addition to the festivals and headline shows in Europe the band will be playing, they have just announced what is their first-ever, and what might be their only, North American tour. There's a first time for everything.
Both Jon and Hansi are ecstatic about finally being able to bring Demons & Wizards to North America. Hansi comments: "Demons & Wizards touring North America? That is going to be pure magic, guaranteed. You better not miss it, cause you never know when the Demon and the Wizard will join forces again. I am really thrilled about these first shows for Demons & Wizards in North America and we are going to make every single night a legendary night to remember. Join us on this path of glory."
Jon comments: "I am very happy that we've announced the first ever Demons & Wizards tour in North America. We’ve been getting fan requests for many years to bring this show to all points around the world. To be able to do it in the USA is an exciting development. Stay heavy and see you on the road soon!"
Demons & Wizards recently announced their signing to Century Media Records for their highly-anticipated third studio album, which is aimed to be released in early 2020. In addition, the label will release the band's first two albums: Demons & Wizards (1999) and Touched By The Crimson King (2005) as re-worked special editions. Both albums will be remastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, and will be released on June 7th as limited edition digi-packs, and limited deluxe two LP releases with bonus material and liner notes by Jon and Hansi. The remastered digital standard versions of the two albums recently became available to promote the band's upcoming festival tour of Europe.
Back to the North American tour, the run will begin on August 17th in Los Angeles, and run for only 13 shows, before wrapping up in Atlanta with an appearance at the sold out ProgPower festival. Special guests on the tour will be Lizzy Borden and Tyr. Down below, you can see the full list of the band's upcoming dates in both North America and Europe.
Demons & Wizards North American tour dates:
Aug 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
Aug 20 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Aug 21 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Aug 22 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Aug 24 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Aug 26 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live
Aug 28 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
Aug 29 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theatre
Aug 31 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Sep 01 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
Sep 04 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sep 05 - New York City, NY - PlayStation Theatre
Sep 07 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage (ProgPower) (SOLD OUT)
European festivals & headline shows:
May 31 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
Jun 01 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Jun 02 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Jun 19 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival
Jun 21 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun 22-23 - Clisson, France - Hellfest Open Air
Jun 29 - Dokkum, Netherlands - Dokk'em Open Air
Jun 30 - London, England - Islington Academy
Jul 04 - Barcelona, Spain - Rock Fest
Jul 06 - Chania, Greece - Chania Rock Festival
Jul 07 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metaldays Festival
Aug 01-03 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air