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Helloween Reunite with Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen, Still Two Dudes Shy of a Softball Team

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We’ve gotten a bunch messages about this, so I guess it’s big news to fans of the band Helloween (my apologies for the all-caps — that’s how the band ran the announcement, and I’m far too lazy to re-type it all):

“HERE COMES THE SENSATION FOR ALL HELLOWEEN 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 HELLOWEEN STAGE TOGETHER AND RESURRECT THE BAND’S LEGENDARY ORIGINAL LINE-UP. YES, IT’S OFFICIAL: WEIKATH, KISKE, HANSEN, GROSSKOPF ARE GOING TO PLAY HELLOWEEN 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 & MICHI ON VOCALS, KAI & WEIKI & SASCHA ON GUITARS, AND MARKUS & DANI IN THE RHYTHM SECTION.”

Then they basically give their resumé, which I assume you already know if you care to know, before getting to the next part you care about if you care about this at all:

“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 HELLOWEEN AS THE BAND WILL OBVIOUSLY INSIST ON PERFORMING A FULLSPEED TRIP THROUGH THE HELLOWEEN 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.« WHOEVER DOESN’T SECURE TICKETS FOR THIS TOUR, PROBABLY DOESN’T HAVE ALL THEIR PUMPKINS IN A ROW: THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP WANTS TO CELEBRATE A GLOBAL PARTY WITH YOU, WHICH IS ALSO GOING TO BE HIGHLY EMOTIONAL BECAUSE THIS SPECIAL WORLD TOUR IS ACTUALLY NOT A REUNION AND MOST PROBABLY WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN. ANDI CHANNELS OUR METAL HEARTS WHEN HE SAYS: »I’M SO MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING MICHI’S AND MY TUNES TOGETHER WITH HIM LIVE ON STAGE. IT’S GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL.«”

I take it that’s all good news? Yes, Helloween fans? I’m very happy for you.

Here’s a video teasing the tour/reunion:

If enough of you bug us about it, we’ll post the tour’s full itinerary whenever it’s announced. In the meantime, celebrate with your fellow Helloween fans in the comments section. Everyone else: am I alone is associating Helloween with Poison and Slaughter? Not that they sound anything like those groups, but all three bands have names which would lead you to believe their music is much heavier than it actually is… right?

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