Pump­kins United

Hel­loween then and now pool their re­sources.

Classic Rock - - Live! -

When is a reunion not a reunion? When you’re Ger­man pow­er­metal pi­o­neers Hel­loween, who have merged two line-ups: one from their clas­sic Keeper Of The Seven Keys (’87/88) era, and the cur­rent band.

Why de­cide to merge the two line-ups rather than just go out with the Keeper Of The Seven Keys band?

Michael Weikath (gui­tar): Be­cause there’s the mod­ern Hel­loween and there’s the past Hel­loween. They’re both Hel­loween. It wouldn’t be fair to what we’ve done for the last twenty years if we just went out with the Keeper line-up.

You had a frac­tious re­la­tion­ship with for­mer singer Michael Kiske for years. How are things be­tween you now?

MW: We were both on the bill at a festival in France a few years ago and I was ba­si­cally sum­moned to have a talk with him. I turned up with two whiskies in my hand and we talked. A lot of what was said was the press mak­ing en­e­mies of two peo­ple.

Michael Kiske (vo­cals): We’re all grown up now. It’s undig­ni­fied for men of our age to still be ar­gu­ing.

What can we ex­pect from the Pump­kins United show?

MK: It will prob­a­bly suck – eight very fat peo­ple rolling over the stage, drunk. No, we’re cel­e­brat­ing thirty years of this band. Ev­ery­body will have his part.

MW: We’re just in the process of com­ing up with a song list. We’re al­ready close to three hours. There might be a med­ley.

Will it be a set of Keeper-era songs and then a set of mod­ern songs?

MW: We’re think­ing of mix­ing it up. It’ll be songs from Kai’s [Hansen, gui­tarist/orig­i­nal vo­cal­ist] era, from Michael’s era, from Andi’s [Deris, cur­rent vo­cal­ist] era.

Did you in­vite Roland Grapow, who played gui­tar in the band dur­ing the 1990s?

MW: We wanted to keep it to to­day’s line-up and the Keeper line-up. That’s what the fans want. So no.

Is this a one-off tour, or do you en­vis­age mak­ing a Pump­kins Re­united al­bum?

MW: It’s an ex­per­i­ment, so we don’t ex­actly know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. DE Pump­kins United play Lon­don Brix­ton Academy on Novem­ber 13.

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