The interview is focused on the new Best-Of, things we already know much, but there were a couple of other interesting things.
About the Orchestral Project & New Album:
About the setlist we can expect on this summer tour (Orodaran, skip this paragraph ):[...]Talking about your near future, can you tell us how the Orchestral Project is working out?
Hansi: “It's working out slowly... as I've been saying for many years! [...] We have already recorded in Prague the orchestral parts for five or six songs, I've managed to work out some demos for some vocal lines and we made some other pre-production stuff, but we're still far from completing the job. And we already started to work on the next official Blind Guardian album, so we still don't know which one will come out first. I believe that one of those two projects will be out during 2013, and the other one a year later."
About a new Demons & Wizards album:In June you'll play at the Metalfest Festival here in Italy, in Monza. What kind of setlist can we expect? In which way related to this new Best-Of?
Hansi: "We always do a sort of Best-Of show. This time we may decide to put some other song that we haven't been playing lately, such as Follow the Blind or Somewhere Far Beyond, and of course the setlist will be different since last time we played in Italy. You can obviously expect the classics you can find on the new best-of."
Some weeks ago, you and Jon Schaffer sent through youtube a message in which you said, jokingly nevertheless, that you were thinking of a new album together, I believe with Demons & Wizards. Were you serious?
Hansi: We have that intention. [...] Me and Jon met quite often in the last twelve months. Our biggest problem is that we want to find the right time to compose music together. This is really important, since the best pieces of D&W music turned out to be the ones we had the chance to work on together, and this time we want to have this process made for the whole new record, and not only for some songs. Over than that, we will need some time to do at least a small tour in both Europe and America to support this new record. If this will ever happen, it will be in 2013 or 2015.