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27th February 2017


One of the most exciting and anticipated events of 2017 is Pumpkins United, members of Helloween's classic line-up joining current members, making the band a seven-piece for the duration of this tour.

It was clear from the start that this was for one long tour only but now the goalposts have moved slightly as Michael Weikath has told Spain's Metal Journal that the PU line-up - Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, Kai Hansen, Markus Grosskopf, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Dani Loble - will record at least one new song.

"There's an idea for doing at least one track — at least. Personally, I think we should do more; we should do something like an EP or so.

"But first of all, we have lots of stuff to run and to check out and to try in order to get the schedule until [spring] when the first show is going to take place in Mexico City.

"And to crank all that, if we wanted to come up with one new track as the Pumpkins United, I think there's going to be lots of work to do. And so what's in the planning is, for now, just one track.

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"And I'm also looking into eventually recording something that I have ideas for what it could be and having a real collaboration on the songwriting for something like that. I think it's a far way out.

"From what I know, Michael Kiske is also on the verge of releasing some solo work as something, and so whatever is going to happen, I have no idea how. But surely we are looking for ideas and brainstorming.

"Maybe if Kai Hansen comes up with a track, maybe that Deris comes up with a track and I come up with a track or Markus, or someone writes something, and in which way that can be combined, or just one track is being chosen that everybody says, 'Okay, this track is so fucking cool, this is so strong, we take this one.' I have no idea. I don't know."

On whether he would dismiss the possibility of making a full album with Pumpkins United, Michael said:

"I wouldn't, but 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 Pumpkins United tour is still currently being booked and twelve dates have been confirmed so far, nine in Europe in eight different countries between 11th November and 9th December and the currently first three dates in Mexico City and Sao Paulo.

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

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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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