FREE Black Metal Tote Bag or Neck Gaiter with your order | select in check-out | min. order value 60 €¹
News from HELLOWEEN

statement

statement - 2001-08-28

2001-08-28 - Former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow stated in an interview conducted with Cleveland’s WBWC 88.3FM during the station’s HELLOWEEN Radio Marathon Live this past Thursday, August 23rd that he first learned of being ousted from HELLOWEEN through a phone conversation with his wife while he was in Los Angeles writing songs with producer Roy Z for an upcoming project. According to the axeman, no band meetings took place prior to the announcement that he and drummer Uli Kusch no longer members of HELLOWEEN, and the pair were reportedly shocked by their dismissal from the group. Consequently, their previously announced side project with SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen will be upgraded to a full-time band, which may result in Allen being side-stepped in favor of a different vocalist, in light of Russell’s commitment to SYMPHONY X. Although no specific names were mentioned (save for a hint of a possible Michael Kiske involvement that was presumably delivered by Grapow in a joking manner), it appears fairly certain the project’s singer will be a German resident, so as to facilitate the group’s potentially hectic rehearsing and recording schedule over the coming months.
HELLOWEEN mainman Michael Weikath also took to the airwaves during the same show and delivered a slightly different version of events leading up to the split with Grapow and Kusch. According to Weikath, tension between the pair and the rest of the group started building around the time of the release of the band’s Time Of The Oath opus, with the bulk of the disagreements stemming from differences in musical ideas and a lack of chemistry in the songwriting department, particularly as it pertained to collaborative work. Moreover, Grapow and Kusch’s numerous side projects were said to be taking away from the HELLOWEEN songwriting process and were beginning to jeopardize the group’s stability, leading Weikath and bassist Markus Großkopf to conclude that ousting the duo was necessary for HELLOWEEN’s long-term future. Michael also revealed that he wasn’t particularly fond of the musical direction on the group’s last studio offering, The Dark Ride, with much of the material on the album being "too simplistic" for his tastes and devoid of the complexity of older HELLOWEEN songs. With that in mind, Weikath expressed his desire to continue with the traditional sound on the group’s next studio release, albeit with a more progressive and more modern approach. As previously reported, HELLOWEEN already have some people in mind as potential replacements and will NOT be holding auditions for a new guitarist and drummer.

Bands
Linked bands
HELLOWEEN
Related News
HELLOWEEN - re-releases OUT NOW!

HELLOWEEN - re-releases OUT NOW!

2020-09-04 11:30 - Today, HELLOWEEN re-release their classic albums "Unarmed", "Straight Out Of Hell" and "7 Sinners" via Nuclear Blast. Details

HELLOWEEN - kick off pre-order!

HELLOWEEN - kick off pre-order!

2020-07-10 13:30 - Today, HELLOWEEN kick off the pre-order for "Unarmed", "Straight Out Of Hell" and "7 Sinners", that will be re-released on September 4th, 2020 via Nuclear Blast. Details

HELLOWEEN - Postpone European Tour 2020!

HELLOWEEN - Postpone European Tour 2020!

2020-06-02 11:00 - With a heavy heart we herewith announce that weareforced to postpone our UNITED ALIVE PART II European Tour 2020. Details

HELLOWEEN - announce special guest!

HELLOWEEN - announce special guest!

2020-02-26 17:00 - DIRKSCHNEIDER is confirmed as the special guest for HELLOWEEN's upcoming "United Alive Part II" European tour 2020. Details

HELLOWEEN - United Alive World Tour Part II!

HELLOWEEN - United Alive World Tour Part II!

2019-12-05 10:00 - It's official: The »United Alive World Tour Part II« is coming! The ultimate HELLOWEEN party will continue and there are a million reasons to attend again. Details

HELLOWEEN - "United Alive" OUT NOW!

HELLOWEEN - "United Alive" OUT NOW!

2019-10-04 11:00 - Today, HELLOWEEN release their new live album/DVD »United Alive« & »United Alive In Madrid«, that means that from now on, we can all revisit the PUMPKINS UNITED WORLD TOUR. Details

HELLOWEEN - reveal second album trailer!

HELLOWEEN - reveal second album trailer!

2019-09-27 11:00 - Today, the band reveal their second album trailer, offering an insight into the upcoming live release and into the band members' thoughts. Details

HELLOWEEN - new live single/video!

HELLOWEEN - new live single/video!

2019-09-13 11:00 - Today, the band release the third live clip and single for the ear-wig 'Forever And One'. Details

HELLOWEEN - reveal second single!

HELLOWEEN - reveal second single!

2019-08-23 11:00 - Today, the band release the second live clip and single for the classic 'Halloween'. Watch the video here.
Details

HELLOWEEN - release first trailer!

HELLOWEEN - release first trailer!

2019-08-14 09:30 - HELLOWEEN have released the first trailer for "United Alive"! Details