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24th October 2017


Helloween's mammoth Pumpkins United tour nearly suffered a setback as the show rolled into San Jose on Sunday but the German Power Metal founders knew the way and the so far successful show went on.

Now a seven-piece, with original members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen back in the fold, the band issued a message after the first show of the tour, which took place last Thursday, October 19th, at Escena in Monterrey, Mexico, saying that Michael Kiske had voice problems and was struggling to make the second show.

The message read:

"With regret we have to announce that Michael Kiske has voice problems, caused by our tiring travel schedule. He gave his best during the first two shows in Mexico, but after consulting a doctor he was told his voice needs to rest.

"We thought about cancelling tomorrow's show in San Jose, Costa Rica, but Helloween and especially Michael don't want to let the fans down. We know that many of you have anticipated this for a long time and made many sacrifices to attend our show!

"Having this in mind, we decided to strip down the setlist so we can continue the tour. Michael is eager to perform for the fans in San Jose, but unfortunately his participation will depend on tomorrow's medical advice.

"Thank you for your understanding!"

Helloween have since updated their South American fans and the show is indeed going ahead as this goes to press, but the setlist and show length is anyone's guess. The band were originally scheduled to play a three hour setlist, as they did in Monterrey.

The Pumpkins United line-up - Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, Kai Hansen, Markus Grosskopf, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Dani Loble - have recorded a brand new song which you can check out below. Michael Weikath said about the possibility of making a full album with Pumpkins United when the reunion was first announced:

"That would be a huge undertaking. I have nothing against it, but that would be a huge undertaking. And then, given the laziness of the original Helloween members — the three ones who are the laziest, and that would be Kai Hansen, Michael Weikath and Michael Kiske. We are extremely lazy. Nobody else is lazy; it's just the three people I told you. Deris claims to be very lazy, but he isn't."

The band play London's Brixton Academy on 14th November and tickets are available right here. The full tour dates are:

25th October: Gran Carpa de las Américas Bogota, Colombia
28th October: Espaço das Américas São Paulo, Brazil
29th October: Espaço das Américas São Paulo, Brazil
31st October: Pepsi On Stage Porto Alegre, Brazil
2nd November: Estadio Luna Park Buenos Aires City, Argentina
3rd November: Teatro Caupolican Santiago, Chile
5th November: Teatro Caupolican Santiago, Chile
10th November: Samsung Hall Zurich, Switzerland
11th November: Porsche-Arena Stuttgart, Germany
12th November: Zenith München, Germany
14th November: O2 Academy Brixton London, United Kingdom
15th November: Zénith Paris La Villette Paris, France
18th November: Medionlanum Forum Milan, Italy
20th November: 013 Tilburg, Netherlands
24th November: RuhrCongress Bochum, Germany
25th November: Tipsport Aréna Prague, Czech Republic
26th November: Aegon-arena Bratislava, Slovakia
28th November: Hala Koło Warszawa, Poland
30th November: Black Box Helsinki, Finland
2nd December: Partille Arena Partille, Sweden
4th December: Tempodrom Berlin, Germany
9th December: Wiznik Center Madrid, Spain
14th December: Sports Hall Arena Armeec Sofia, Bulgaria
15th December: Romexpo Bucharest, Romania
16th March: EX Theater Roppongi Tokyo, Japan
18th March: Zepp Sapporo, Japan
21st March: Zepp Bayside Osaka, Japan
23rd March: Zepp Tokyo, Japan
24th March: Zepp Tokyo, Japan
25th March: Zepp Nagoya-Shi, Japan
7th April: Stadium Moscow, Russia
9th April: Dvorets Sporta Kiev, Ukraine

More dates will be added. While you are waiting for Pumpkins United to hit your town, here's something a bit special for you to have a browse through.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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