This past September I had the fortune of seeing Demons & Wizards at the Worcester Palladium. Demons & Wizards is a side project of Blind Guardian lead singerHansi Kürsch and Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer. ‘Twas a great show. I’m always dumbfounded that fans in the U.S. get to see these bands in such small venues, when over in Europe and South America they play in front of far larger crowds and headline festivals.
Demons and Wizards did not play The Bard’s Song but they did launch into Blind Guardian hits Welcome to Dying and Valhalla. They also played the magnificent Fiddler on the Green. I haven’t gotten into Demons and Wizards like I have Blind Guardian, but Fiddler is worthy of any BG album.
But the Bard’s Song…few songs move me as this one does.
Now you all know
The bards and their songs
When hours have gone by
I'll close my eyes
In a world far away
We may meet again
But now hear my song
About the dawn of the night
Let's sing the bards' song
Just beautiful, man. Terrific acoustic guitar work, and Kursch is himself a bard, of the metal/Germanic variety.
Despite my many travels, my work, the years that have passed, I still am drawn to the bard’s song. I always will be.
In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind
These songs of hobbits, dwarves and men
Come close your eyes
You can see them too
What’s next for me, post Flame and Crimson? I don’t know, but I still hear The Bard’s Song, and I’m sure I will follow wherever it may lead.
Damn, I'm jealous. BG is one of my metal favorites.
It's because of your blog that I caught BG in Denver years ago. After I read one of your posts about them, I checked their songs out and asked a friend with wide musical tastes about them, and he said, "I think they're coming to Denver." It was at the Bluebird Theater--a really small venue. We were like twenty feet from the stage; it was a great show.
Wow, Jason, I am so pleased I was able not only to introduce you to a band I love, but then to have you attend a Blind Guardian concert... I'm humbled. It sounds like I did not steer you astray!
The Wasp: Yeah, they kick ass.
You did not. I listened to them quite frequently for years after that, and they're still one of my favorites.
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