Kiske slams Helloween reunion rumour
Michael Kiske has slammed rumours that he’s set to rejoin power metal icons Helloween.
He says the story originated from his former bandmates, but there’s no truth to it. And while he’d be happy to make amends with the people who fired him in 1993, that doesn’t mean he wants to work with them again.
Kiske, now fronting Unisonic, tells Dead Rhetoric: “That’s something the Helloween guys are bringing up. They have that in their head for whatever reason, I don’t know why.
“I wouldn’t do that. I’m up for peace, for talking everything out and getting everything out of our system.”
Kiske reports that he recently met Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath, saying: “He was extremely nice and friendly. It was clear they have changed their attitude towards me.
“They really did me a lot of wrong over the years – they’ve accused me of doing things that they know very well are not right.”
One of those accusations, he says, is that he forced Helloween to move away from the successful formula of the mid-80s that spawned the classic Keeper Of The Seven Keys albums.
“As if I would be the person to tell anyone what kind of music he should do!” Kiske says. “My attitude is totally different. I would always say: ‘Do what you believe in. Whatever song is your song, write it; go play it.’
“I would never be the person to tell anyone in Helloween the direction we were supposed to go. That was so ridiculous, to blame me for the things that came up.”
He cites the example of 1993 album Chameleon, saying: “I don’t think we were a band any more. There were three songwriters trying to make a solo record.”
And his message to his former colleagues is: “I’m fine with making peace, but you can’t undo the past. If someone betrays me, I tell them: ‘Okay, I forgive you. Go in peace. I don’t trust you any more. You showed me who you are. I’m not saying you can’t change, but you have to do a lot to convince me you have changed.’”