Photos by Lina Glasir
German power/speed metal legends Helloween recently returned to North America for a series of ‘Pumpkins United’ tour dates, kicking off the exclusive 7-date trek in Las Vegas earlier this month and closing out the run with sold-out back-to-back shows at New York City’s Irving Plaza on September 15 and 16.
We caught the first of two showings in NYC, which saw Helloween dish out a total of 23 songs during their lengthy set. The gig kicked off with the band performing “Halloween” and “Dr. Stein” with Michael Kiske and Andi Deris on vocals. Kiske and Deris would go on to rejoin the band, which is rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen, bassist Markus Grosskopf, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, and drummer Dani Löble, throughout the night.
The set continued with old school track “I’m Alive,” plus “If I Could Fly,” “Are You Metal?,” another oldie “March of Time,” and “Perfect Gentleman” before the band played their “Starlight / Ride the Sky / Judas” medley. Michael and Andi would go on to hook up again to tag team tracks “A Tale That Wasn’t Right,” “How Many Tears” (also with Kai on vocals), and encore songs “Keeper of the Seven Keys” and “I Want Out.” Additional highlights from the night include gnarly solos from Löble and Hansen, plus the inclusion of fresh single “Pumpkins United,” and heavy hitting favorites “Eagle Fly Free” and “Future World.”
Check out exclusive photographic coverage from September 15 in NYC in the extensive gallery below. Next up for Helloween, they’ll perform in South / Central America this fall, following with European shows in late 2018. Get more info HERE.
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