The power metal band Helloween is on tour again with a expanded classic lineup featuring seven musicians, including former vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen alongside current singer Andi Deris and guitarist Sascha Gerstner.
They played the first show of its “Pumpkins United” world tour last night (Thursday, October 19) at Escena in Monterrey, Mexico.
It was the first time Kiske has played live with Helloween since his 1993. Hansen, who also departed from the band in 1988, has been joining the band onstage on various tours and festival appearances throughout the years.
The set featured several duets with Kiske and his replacement, Deris, along with many rarely played songs, including “Kids Of The Century”, “Rise And Fall” and “Livin’ Ain’t No Crime”.
Hansen, who fronted Helloween until late 1986 sang a medley of several early classics, including “Ride The Sky”, “Judas”, “Starlight” and “Heavy Metal (Is The Law)”. The show concluded with a video tribute to original drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg, who passed away in 1995.
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