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Formed: 1983
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Helloween News

Below is our complete Helloween news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Helloween Debuts "Best Time" Music Video

June 2021 saw the release of their sensational new studio album "Helloween" and it was THE metal news of the year! Media and critics were cheering almost breathlessly: "sleight of hand," "healing" and "a 65-minute celebration." Finally, the fans were the ones who catapulted the album straight to No. 1 in Germany and Spain, into the top 5 of seven countries and worldwide 15 times into the best 15 of the album charts. Everybody was united in their opinion: these 12 tracks generated their own genre universe and leave all competitors behind, even after 35 years of band history.

Because this success is not being a given in these times, Helloween would like to celebrate again with their fans: with "Best Time," THE party song of the album - streamed via Spotify more than 4 million times - the song propagates a lot of hope and optimism.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery
I will have the best time of my life
Yes, I know I'm gonna be alright
I'm feeling better in the neon light"

The sunny and straight hymn by Sascha Gerstner and Andi Deris revives the good times and shows with their drifty guitars and top form front men a song full of the joys. About the songwriting of 'Best Time,' Sascha Gerstner states: "I had an '80's neo noir vibe' in my head. The riff originally was a synth riff, which we arranged for guitars later. The wording 'I will have the best time of my life' was pretty spontaneous because I had this strong feeling to leave the past behind and to seize the day! Andi instantly loved the idea as well as the refrain and together we created the track as it is now!"

Visually, the new single is a real goodie as well: under the administration of Martin Häusler ("Skyfall"), an extremely cool 3D road movie developed and one lost sight of the difficult conditions. The band was added via live material and Canadian Arch Enemy front-woman Alissa White-Gluz complimented the video with her appearance and stated: "After playing multiple festivals and touring extensively in South America together a few years back, Helloween and I decided to make a fun video to reminisce about the good times while simultaneously planning for many more!" More...

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Helloween Postpones Select European Tour Dates

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Helloween and Hammerfall are unfortunately forced to postpone again parts of the United Forces Tour 2022.

Even though the situation seems to be partly easing, after consulting all European promoters they came to the conclusion that the still existing restrictions of individual countries and regions make it impossible to play the tour in one piece as planned. Helloween and Hammerfall are very sad about this, but are happy to be able to start with the original dates in England in May.

They are convinced to be close to the end of the pandemic and with the new dates they will finally be able to play the United Forces concerts for the fans!

Tour dates still going ahead:

04.05.2022 UK Manchester - Manchester Academy
05.05.2022 UK London - Brixton Academy
23.05.2022 FR Lyon - Transbordeur *
25.05.2022 FR Paris - Olympia * More...

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Helloween Tops The German Album Charts

It's the album that every metal fan has been waiting a long time for.

"Helloween" bundles everything that defines Helloween", writes Deaf Forever editor Lothar Hausfeld. "An epic adventure for the ages", judges Peter Albers from Breakout magazine and Rüdiger Stehle of Powermetal.DE states: "The new album from Helloween is a constructive lesson in exceeding incredibly high expectations. It combines all the strengths of a band's history and seven exceptionally great musicians into a work that is creative, finely balanced, epic and thrilling in every respect."

This milestone that has been out for one week, exceeds all expectations and has now acheieved a sensational, well-deserved number 1 in the official German album charts! "For us this is the highest form of honour and we are very proud, thank you very much," says guitarist and founding member Michael Weikath. "In my eyes, artists shouldn't primarily be looking at charts and sales figures, but of course you're really happy to get such a response for such a special album," says vocalist Michael Kiske and his vocal colleague Andi Deris adds: "I have been travelling around the world with our music for 30 years - but a number 1 album in my own home country is probably THE dream par excellence for all musicians ... WOW ... we actually achieved it. Unity makes us strong - Pumpkins United we are!"

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Helloween Announces Tour With Hammerfall

Due to the pandemic, the dates for Helloween's European tour, that was originally scheduled for April/May 2021, have been postponed again. However, this is no reason to hang your head, as the newly rescheduled tour will be even more exciting.

We all have to stick together to make it through this agonising live music gap, and because extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures, Helloween have invited their friends from Hammerfall to join them on their rescheduled European tour, to create a tremendous metal-package. The United Forces tour 2022 will now not only feature the full Helloween experience, but fans will also get a taste of fine Swedish steel, straight out of the Hammerfall forge. Both bands will have brand-new albums in their arsenal, and it will be the first opportunity for European fans to experience these new songs live. The long–awaited end to this dry spell is finally in sight.

Andi Deris: “We are 'hammered' to have our friends from Hammerfall with us on tour! Back in 2002 the band produced their album “Crimson Thunder” in my studio in Tenerife and we had a lot of fun back then." This mega-package is delivering the appropriate metal-spectacle to enter the stage with full power!

Oscar Dronjak can hardly wait: "We are so ridiculously excited about this! Not only do we get to go out on tour again after two looooooooong years of stage draught, but we get to do it with a band that we love and was a great inspiration to us in forming HAMMERFALL in the first place. The United Forces tour will be something truly special, you can count on that!“ More...

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Helloween Reveals New Album Details

This was the ardent wish of thousands of fans calling out to Andi Deris, Michael Kiske, Michael Weikath, Kai Hansen, Markus Grosskopf, Sascha Gerstner and Dani Löble during the Pumpkins United World Tour - and their dream has come true! With the upcoming album, simply titled Helloween, the band opens a new chapter after a glorious 35 year long career. The future of one of the most influential German metal bands will feature three singers. Originally planned for the live performances only, it was the birth of a unique seven piece metal alliance.

Dani Löble: "This record is the coronation of the Pumpkins United journey! I have always been fascinated by the different character traits and facets of Helloween's history. For example the legendary voices of Michi, Andi and Kai. To enjoy them now together on one record, under one flag is the ultimate Helloween experience”. It is therefore not surprising that the upcoming single "Skyfall" (out on April, 2nd), a 12 minute epos written by Kai Hansen, has the long yearned for “Keeper-vibe” - even if the full album can by no means be limited to just that. "Skyfall" carries a musical arch that will be loved by fans of every era. This first album of this new age will take fans from unforgettable memories of their fifteen studio records and four live CD’s to new adventures.

"Skyfall" begins with a bang. The epic track describes an alien landing on earth and a dramatic chase while Kiske, Deris and Hansen duel with each other in a truly breathtaking manner. Produced by Martin Häusler, it is the most elaborate video clip in the history of the band. Portrayed via truly cinematic 3-D animation, this video is a real high end experience. More...

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Helloween Teases New Single

The sensation was perfect – Helloween, who has sold more than 10 million records worldwide, being one of the most respected German metal bands since 1984, announced their Pumpkins United World Tour in 2016. The media was raving about the tour of the year, playing 69 shows in 32 countries all over the world. More than one million fans on three continents were ecstatic because it was not only a reunion of the original band, it was the summit of seven ultimate Helloween heroes: Andi Deris, Michael Kiske, Michael Weikath, Kai Hansen, Markus Grosskopf, Sascha Gerstner & Dani Löble. Or to put it simply, it was a dream come true for fans around the world. The band received five times more spectators and all of them had only one wish: Please stay together!

Following the excitement, one of the biggest magazines in this genre, Burrn! (Japan), honored the band with four unbelievable cover stories, followed by the thunderstorm of the century within the social media universe, a celebrated Pumpkins United single and the quenchless hunger for more – much more! And yes, the musicians tasted blood and it was clear, there was no way back – the future of Helloween will be written in unity. It marked the beginning of a new era and the re-birth of a metal legend with exceptional artists. Their first new album will be released in summer 2021. Look out, because on April 2nd, 2021 the spectacular single "Skyfall" will be released!

"Skyfall" will be available on CD, digitally and in two different vinyl versions.

Single 1: Vinyl, CD, digital:
"Skyfall" (single edit) + "Skyfall" (exclusive alternative vocals mix). Both are exclusive single versions and will not be on the album. Around 20 minutes playing time.

Single 2: Vinyl only
"Skyfall" (single edit) + "Indestructible" (exclusive album track). This is a strictly limited version of the new single with one exclusive album track. More...

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Helloween Posts Live Album Trailer

Everyone is clued in: From October 4th, 2019 we can all revisit the Pumpkins United World Tour every night without even leaving the couch. What is served, is no less than the greatest hits from 30 years and a breakneck trip through the entire Helloween repertoire – a 14 month metal quake, featured on the cover of almost every metal magazine including the world’s biggest metal magazine, Japan´s BURRN!, which dedicated an unbelievable four cover stories to this tour. In other words: clear the ring for the next round of Pumpkins United madness!

Today, the band reveal their second album trailer, offering an insight into the upcoming live release and into the band members' thoughts. Watch the new clip below. More...

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Helloween Announces New Studio And Live Albums

German power metal legends Helloween has announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD package of their recent "Pumpkins United" tour next year, with a new studio album to follow in 2020. An update from the group reads thusly:

"A very special summer season, not only due to the tropical heat, is slowly coming to an end: Festivals have been rocked so hard that we would’ve been sweating even if mercury hadn’t been on a permanent high. Among the massive Pumpkins United World Tour’s open air highlights were, of course, the headline slots at Wacken, Barcelona’s Rock Fest and Masters of Rock – but also the mega gigs with Iron Maiden at Sweden Rock Festival and Florence’s Firenze Rocks in June were definitely shows we’ll remember for all eternity. Thanks to everyone who has been with us until now!

"Fortunately the tour is by no means over, and dates in the US and Canada are next on the schedule – there will also be, due to the tremendous demand, additional dates in Latin America to follow: And as first class support, no other than Kreator and Arch Enemy will be firing up the stages for the Pumpkins! Final shows with the full United cast will take place at the end of 2018 with a right royal farewell blast: In Hamburg, right where all the madness started in 1984, Pumpkins United will burn down the house with the tour’s last show in the legendary Sporthalle on December 22nd.

"For those, who mysteriously missed the tour – but also for everyone, who has been a part of it and would love to revisit those unique nights, the boys have recorded the very best moments. Goose bump inducing footage of the Pumpkins United world tour, which has been reveled as “tour of the year” by fans and press everywhere, will be released as a live CD as well as on DVD and Blu-ray at the beginning of 2019, so that those nights can be celebrated over and over without even having to leave the sofa.

"As we are reeling from Wacken and preparing for the upcoming show in Bamberg, those maniacs are already launching the next sensation: For starters, Nuclear Blast has insisted to keep the band on their roster for a few more years, and – double bass drum roll – there will be a brand-new studio album with Kiske and Hansen. With the band’s songwriting trio of Weikath, Hansen and Deris retreating to the studio together with these two exceptional singers in 2019, it’s clear that the album scheduled for 2020 will be no less than epic."

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Helloween Announces North American Shows

German power metal institution Helloween announced the North American shows for the "Pumpkins United" Tour, which features the current lineup reuniting for the tour with former founder/vocalist Kai Hansen, as well as former vocalist Michael Kiske. The band recently released the new single "Pumpkins United" featuring all the members, which you can check out over here.

The band announced: "Indeed, the North American Helloween fans had to be very patient. Reading about Pumpkins United's touring schedule and sold out shows in Latin America, Europe & Asia, but yet any shows in the upper half of the American continent... but your constant demands were heard!

"We proudly announce the Pumpkins United shows in the USA & Canada!

Sales are available now through Enter the Vault.

Confirmed dates are:

Sept. 07, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Sept. 08, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium - LA
Sept. 10, 2018 - Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Sept. 12, 2018 - CAN - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Sept. 14, 2018 - USA - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sept. 15, 2018 - USA - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza

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Helloween Issues "Pumpkins United" Single

German power metal pioneers Helloween issued the new single "Pumpkins United," the launch pad for the band's upcoming tour joining the forces of all eras of the band - Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske and Andi Deris. The song is available digitally now at this location and on December 8th in physical form from Nuclear Blast Records.

The upcoming super tour’s first confirmed date is October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo and takes the full Pumpkins entourage across selected cities and venues in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the US.

Check out the single here:

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Helloween Announces "Pumpkins United" Reunion

Here comes the sensation for all Hellowen fans: You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it – now is the time: In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a Hellowen stage together and resurrect the band’s legendary original line-up.

Yes, it’s official: Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play Hellowen classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome. But you might want to sit down again, because that’s not all of it! Under the flag Pumpkins United all pumpkin heads will step up – meaning Andi & Kiske on vocals, Kai & Weiki & Sascha on guitars, and Markus & Dani in the rhythm section.

The super tour’s first confirmed date is October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo and takes the full Pumpkins entourage across selected cities and venues in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the US. An extremely big deal, which, including a few secret surprises, will present almost three hours of the biggest hits from three decades of Hellowen as the band will obviously insist on performing a full-speed trip through the Hellowen repertoire. "We already had an awesome time on the Hellish Rock part 1 & 2, but this time we’ll definitely double down on it" says Kai Hansen, and Markus Grosskopf adds: "There’ll for sure be songs that we haven’t played in a very long time or even ever before." More...

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Helloween Announces Lineup Reunion

This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.

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. More...

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Helloween Posts Live Video

The German godfathers of melodic speed metal from Helloween are currently touring Europe in support of their latest album "My God-Given Right" released May 29th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

During this tour, the band recorded an "official bootleg: live video for the album opener "Heroes." Check out the clip below, and a full listing of upcoming Helloween tour dates is available after the jump.

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Helloween Releases "Lost In America" Video

German power metal pioneers Helloween issued a new music video for the track "Lost in America." The song appears on the latest album "My God Given Right," which is available via Nuclear Blast.

Helloween will be "lost in America" and Canada on a brief North American tour starting with the Monsters of Rock Cruise in Miami in February. Confrimed dates are as follows:

Feb 22, 2016 Monsters Of Rock Cruise (East), Miami, FL
Feb 28, 2016 Corona Theatre Montreal, Canada
Feb 29, 2016 Imperial de Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Mar 01, 2016 Playstation Theater, New York, NY
Mar 03, 2016 The Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH
Mar 04, 2016 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
Mar 06, 2016 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
Mar 07, 2016 Avalon, Hollywood, CA

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Helloween Releasing "Hellbook"

The pioneers of power metal and saintly pumpkin heads from Helloween recently conducted an interview with Metal Shock Finland's chief editor, Mohsen Fayazi.

In the interview with bass invader Markus Grosskopf, he revealed information about an upcoming surprise for the fans, which will be a book entitled "Hellbook." An excerpt can be read below:

"I don't really know the time when it comes out but we are working on it and details. We are collecting stuff and pictures, old and new ones, then we can correct it. It will be a kind of history book with lots of pictures, but it is going to be a little surprise."

Markus also explained the band's relation ship with Nuclear Blast Records as follows: "It is very good, it is very nice, we finally came back home. They tread us very well, we saw them on a festival, we had a few drinks together. It is nice working with them, it is nice working with Markus Wosgein. You know, it's an old metal company."

You can listen to the whole of this interview at MetalShockFinland.com here.

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Helloween Streams New Track "Stay Crazy"

German metal legends Helloween are streaming the new track "Stay Crazy" from the recently issued album "My God-Given Right." The album dropped in the U.S. this past Tuesday and is now available worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

1. Heroes
2. Battle’s Won (see lyric video here)
3. My God-Given Right (see music video here)
4. Stay Crazy
5. Lost In America (song streaming here)
6. Russian Roulé
7. The Swing Of A Fallen World
8. Like Everybody Else
9. Creatures In Heaven
10. If God Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll
11. Living On The Edge
12. Claws
13. You, Still Of War

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Helloween Posts Second Track-By-Track Video

Following the recently released first clip in the series, Helloween just dropped a second track-by-track clip online.

Both videos tease upcoming 15th studio album "My God-Given Right," due for official release on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US).

The second (out of four) track-by-track trailers includes song snippets and comments on "Lost In America," "Russian Roulé," and "The Swing Of A Fallen World." More...

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Helloween Posts Track-By-Track Video

With the release of 15th studio album "My God-Given Right" coming next week - May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US) - the pumpkin heads from Helloween are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal.

Helloween has also revealed a new track-by-track trailer, including song snippets and comments on the tracks "Heroes," "Battle’s Won," "My God-Given Right," and "Stay Crazy." Check out the clip below.

The "My God-Given Right" track listing is: More...

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Helloween Releases New Video

Helloween will release 15th studio album "My God-Given Right" on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK), and June 2nd (US).

Today, Helloween premieres a new music video for "My God-Given Right" - check it out below, courtesy of Blabbermouth.net. Director Oliver Sommer (AVA Studios) comments:

"The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the play button… So the female protagonist flees - reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated - from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience.

"When the tough girl realizes that she won't escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty… it is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip. Our post-apocalyptic world is a white desert, which exists in reality in Germany. The industrial disaster area, our hero is fleeing in and the band is performing in, is an incredible and giant area of the ex-steelworks (heavy metal!) Maxhütte - both locations are real wastelands…!? More...

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Helloween Releases Album Trailer #2

German metal icons Helloween released a second preview trailer for the upcoming new album "My God-Given Right," which is set to drop on May 29th (EU), June 1st (UK) and June 2nd (US) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The standard CD track list is as follows:

1. Heroes
2. Battle’s Won (see lyric video here)
3. My God-Given Right
4. Stay Crazy
5. Lost In America (song streaming here)
6. Russian Roulé
7. The Swing Of A Fallen World
8. Like Everybody Else
9. Creatures In Heaven
10. If God Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll
11. Living On The Edge
12. Claws
13. You, Still Of War

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