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Tag Archives: Michael Kiske

Helloween announce select dates for Pumpkins United tour, Kiske project releases video

Posted by on January 25, 2017

Late last year, Helloween announced reuniting with Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen on stage for the Pumpkins United World Tour, kicking off during this fall. The current lineup will remain intact, hence the term “Pumpkins United.” The set is guaranteed a three hour performance, capturing the band’s entire career. Over the last week, Helloween revealed […]

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Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen to rejoin Helloween for 2017 tour

Posted by on November 14, 2016

If you’ve been a Helloween fan for years now, you’ve probably got a place in your heart for the late ’80s version of the band. Their sophomore and third albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, were where the band honed their power metal chops, and “I Want Out” from Part II was a hit […]

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Review: Avantasia at the PlayStation Theater in NYC (4/15/16)

Posted by on April 19, 2016

On Friday, April 15th, the German symphonic metal act Avantasia played their first ever show in New York City, and their second ever date in the United States in their entire 16 year career. This is a band that headlined the Wacken Open-Air in 2014 to over 80,000 attendees, but despite numerous word tours never […]

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Avantasia release lyric video for title track of upcoming ‘Ghostlights’ album

Posted by on January 19, 2016

Yesterday Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia released a second song off of their upcoming release, Ghostlights. The lyric video is for the title track from the album, and apart from frontman Tobias Sammet, the song also features Michael Kiske (Unisonic, Place Vendome, ex-Helloween) and Jorn Lande (ex-Masterplan, ex-Ark) on vocals. You can listen to the new track below. […]

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Avantasia to play three North American shows for Ghostlights World Tour

Posted by on January 14, 2016

In a surprising turn of events, Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia will be playing three shows in North America during their upcoming Ghostlights World Tour, two of which will actually be in the United States. Tickets will be available here, and go on sale this Saturday, January 16th, although no specific price has been announced. If you’re really […]

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Dee Snider joins cast for Avantasia’s ‘Ghostlights’

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Building up for the release of their new album Ghostlights, out January 29th via Nuclear Blast Records, Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia has slowly been releasing its cast of characters. The newest vocalist to be announced was none other than Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, playing the part of a ghost. Sammet desribes Snyder as a cross between […]

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Video premiere: Unisonic, ‘Exceptional’

Posted by on July 9, 2014

What do you get when you cross two former members of Helloween’s golden age (vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen), the rhythm section of Pink Cream 69 (bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou) and guitarist Mandy Meyer (Asia, Krokus)? The answer is Unisonic, and with the supergroup’s sophomore album, Light of Dawn, out next […]

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Today in Metal: ‘Master of the Rings’ by Helloween turns 20 years old

Posted by on July 8, 2014

Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. 20 years ago today, Andi Deris joined Helloween for Master of the Rings, replacing Michael Kiske and bringing new life into the band. A little while ago, we spoke about comeback albums, and […]

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Headbangers’ Brawl 7/12: Should The New Band Photo Of Slayer Bother Us?

Posted by on July 12, 2013

Headbangers’ Brawl is a weekly column where Metal Insider’s contributors take a moment to debate and analyze two opposing sides of a topical issue occurring in the world of metal and/or the music industry. Late last night, Slayer’s returning drummer Paul Bostaph revealed a new photo (seen off to the side) of the band’s touring lineup via Facebook. […]

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Metal By Numbers 5/30: Forward Slash

Posted by on May 30, 2012

Chew on this: While Slash has kept himself extremely busy after leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1996, it took him until 2010 to release his first solo album. That’s almost as much time as it took for Axl and friends to record Chinese Democracy, which came out in 2008. The man legally known as Saul […]

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