No, it's not the so wanted Helloween original line up announcement. Not yet. Expect that to happen later, as we have mentioned here.
Rumours are stronger than ever now that Weiki and Hansen seem to be on good terms as they've just announced the 'Hellish Rock Tour Part II', which will start in March 2013 in Europe and go around the globe.
The first 'Hellish Rock Tour' happened in 2007/2008 when Helloween and their very special guests Gamma Ray played 95 shows in 34 countries and left ecstatic Metal fans in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America in their wake!
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Michael Weikath says: "The atmosphere on stage and backstage was very special last time. We will be repeating the party and are looking forward to the tour already!"
And his former companion Kai Hansen adds: "'The Hellish Rock Tour' definitely was a highlight of our band's history. We'll absolutely go wild once again!"
In the meantime, Helloween has announced their new album, 'Straight Out Of Hell', produced by Charlie Bauerfeind at Andi Deris' MiSueno Studios in Tenerife, Spain. It will be released worldwide January 18 and will turn winter 2013 into a pretty hot affair.
At this time, Charlie and the boys are giving the finishing touches to the production. 'Straight Out Of Hell' will also be featuring a limited version with bonus tracks and special packaging.
Also, Gamma Ray have announced their upcoming live DVD/2CD Live LP 'Skeletons & Majesties Live'. The DVD features the live recording of the band's performance at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland on April 29th, 2011 and will now be released on 2CD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 30th, 2012 through earOne Music.
The DVD and Blu-ray also feature additional bonus tracks, lots of behind the scenes bonus material, rare archive material and interviews with the band. 'Skeletons & Majesties Live' has a playing time of two hours and is a tour de force through the band's history so far, including lots of hits and classics, but also tracks which were undeservedly under-represented to date.
"The EP, 'Skeletons & Majesties', is practically a continuation of our 'Skeletons In The Closet' concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn't receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics," says Kai Hansen.
As for Michael Kiske, well, he’s sitting next to his phone and waiting for it to ring.