German power metal veterans HELLOWEEN are set to release their new live album titled “United Alive” on October 4th via Nuclear Blast Records. The live album will feature the returning members, guitarist and founder Kai Hansen and singer Michael Kiske for the first time in nearly three decades.
This DVD and Blu-Ray features the recordings from Wacken in front of 75,000 metalheads and 14,000 fans in the Madrid arena. As a bonus, the live album features the show in the Espaço das Américas in Brasil, gathering 8,000 in São Paulo. Altogether it offers over three hours of live material in stereo and premium 5.1 surround sound, plus backstage material, tons of surprises, and a very personal band interview about the past, present, and future. The live CD and Vinyl presents a whopping 2 hours 20 of pure audio material from the concert in Madrid plus four bonus tracks from the shows in Prague, São Paulo, Wacken, and Santiago de Chile.
“This amazing journey was one of those ‘magic moments’ words can’t describe – it simply was what we all love most: meet great people, go back in time with our memories, and celebrate the ultimate Helloween party together,” states Andi Deris, Helloween singer.
During the “Hellbook” production for Helloween’s 30th anniversary, the contributors came to realize mainly one thing: The chemistry in this band has always been unique – and that what belongs together needs to be together again. However, the birth of Pumpkins United wasn’t just an original line-up reunion, but the real deal. The ultimate cast consisting of all seven metal heroes: Deris, Kiske, Weikath, Hansen, Grosskopf, Gerstner, and Löble.
What followed, was a whoop of joy from North German river Elbe to Rio’s Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the Pumpkins United World Tour with 69 shows in front of more than one million people in 32 countries on three continents in Fall 2017. At the headliner shows at Wacken, Rock Fest Barcelona and Masters of Rock, as well as with Iron Maiden at the Sweden Rock Festival and Firenze Rocks, the revival was toasted to heavily, stages were set on fire, and tissues were used by the ton. After dates in the US and additional shows in Latin America, this tour for the ages ended in December 2018 with a highly emotional finale in Hamburg, where it all began in 1984. Unforgettable metal nights that we’d love to experience again and again.