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 on MTV. However, that 1988 album was the last one with guitarist Kai Hansen, and singer Michael Kiske would leave the band in 1993. The band’s been prolific since then, and successful as well, even if they haven’t matched their early success. The band have just announced that Hansen and Kiske will be back, even though current vocalist Andi Deris and guitarist Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner aren’t going anywhere.
In Fall of next year, the band will be performing throughout the world, playing music spanning the band’s entire history with both lineups for the “Pumpkins Unite” tour. Here’s what the band says about it:
“You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it. Now is the time. In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a Helloween stage together and resurrect the band’s legendary original lineup.”
Here’s the video that the band posted announcing the tour: