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Reunion Of Classic Lineup Announced By Helloween For New Album, Tour

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German power metal pioneers Helloween have been long rumored to have a reunion of the band's "Keeper of the Seven Keys" lineup with former vocalist Michael Kiske at the helm. Today, the band confirmed a reunion is indeed in the works! However, the reunion is of the majority of the classic "Walls of Jericho" lineup, featuring Kai Hansen, Michael Weikath, Markus Grosskopf. Uli Kusch, who played with the band from 1994-2001, following the death of original drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg, will be tapped for the drums.

Guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen explained: "Originally, Weiki intended on having Michael back, but his commitments with Avantasia would have delayed this further than he wanted the fans to wait. Gamma Ray is currently writing new material, so the time was right to give the real early Helloween fans a treat."

The lineup was originally going to go under the moniker "Gorgar," but vocalist Andi Deris was so excited about the idea that he gave his blessing to just use Helloween. Deris commented: "I was pumped for the possibility of Michael Kiske returning, but to have Kai back on vocals...I mean, how can I argue with that!"

On whether this would affect the band's current lineup, band leader Michael Weiketh stated: "Not at all. Andi and Dani will get a well deserved break from action and we will regroup by Halloween 2017 to begin work on the follow up to 'My God Given Right.'"

Helloween plans to release one album under this lineup, which is due out by February 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. It will be followed by a summer world tour featuring songs from both the new album and "Walls of Jericho." The album will be produced, engineered and mixed by Harris Johns, who worked with the band on "Walls of Jericho." The band has also tapped "Walls of Jericho" artists Uwe & Edda Karczewski to create the new album's artwork.

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1. citrus_tea writes:

There was a good reason for Michael Kiske coming in to take over lead vocals from Kai Hansen in the first place.
I'd have loved to see the line up from '88 (or as close as possible without Ingo), but really not that bothered about this.

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2. citrus_tea writes:

...... ooops just spotted the date. Fished in !

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3. Rebels of Dreamland writes:

This is utter and complete bullsh**. And I'm speaking officially in the name of Kai Hansen here. April 1 or not, quoting people as having given statements, even though they have never even been contacted in the first place, is absolutely insolent.

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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

Yeah Carl! Absolutely insolent! Insolent I say!!! *shakes his finger at Carl* Shame on you sir! Shame indeed! INSOLENT!

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5. CROMCarl writes:

Why is it Germans always call me insolent? I love them so, but they have zero level of humor. Zero I tell you. I'm speaking on behalf of me, officially.

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6. metallerium writes:

april fools and this is bullsh**!!... Andi is Helloween!!! \m/ why everyone still crying about kiske? he was just a great singer nothing else, his music sucks!.. maybe a walls of jericho re-recorded as many others bands are doing could be fine but thats all

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