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MASTERPLAN 'PumpKings' Revisits Grapow's Helloween Days

Saturday, July 15, 2017
A lyric video for "The Chance", a track taken from MASTERPLAN's upcoming release "PumpKings" (out July 28th), is available now.

MASTERPLAN’s upcoming release will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow, because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past. "PumpKings" includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween's rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan's current line-up recently. "PumpKings" will be released on July 28th as Digipak and colored (of course orange) double Vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
The idea for this project was born more than three years ago”, Grapow recalls. “I’m proud of the songs, but these days I’d do certain things a bit different. So it was an easy decision to re-record them with Masterplan now. It took quite a while to come up with the album because I was busy with other productions in my studio and in addition we had just released our “Keep Your Dream aLive” DVD with Masterplan in the Fall of 2015, so there was no reason to rush things.”
The 11 tracks featured on “PumpKings” were written by Roland from 1990 - 2000 and can be found on Helloween’s albums “Pink Bubbles Go Ape”, “Chameleon”, “Master Of The Rings”, “The Time Of The Oath” and “The Dark Ride” in their original versions. Some of them were even released as singles and rank among Helloween fan favorites.

“Our new versions of the songs are heavier definitely”, Roland says. “It would have been pointless to just reproduce the tracks exactly as they were back then. But I feel that with our new take on it, the different vocals and overall more rough attitude, “PumpKings” could be an interesting thing for both Masterplan- and Helloween fans. However, it was great fun to revisit this very important phase of my career – like meeting old friends.”


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Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features interviews with Jim Peterik, Helloween's  Michael Weikath, Paul Raymond of UFO, guitar master Michael Angelo Batio, Jeff Scott Soto and heartland rocker Melissa Etheridge, and is now available for streaming at this link:

In the first hour, UFO keyboard player / rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond looks at the writing and recording of the band's latest album 'A Conspiracy of Stars', and discusses their current setlist on their ongoing live dates. Paul also looks at his career-spanning solo collection 'Rewind 50', recorded to mark his 50th anniversary in the music business, and featuring new recordings of songs he's written for UFO, MSG, and other projects.

Also in part 1, Melissa Etheridge talks about her latest solo album 'This Is M.E.', which sees her delivering her gutsy brand of heartland Rock with a few new twists. Melissa chooses two new tracks and a classic from her debut album.

In the second hour, Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath discusses new album 'My God Given Right', the band's 30

th anniversary, and their touring plans, with 3 songs from the new release.

Jeff Scott Soto also drops in to talk about his new melodic Metal band Soto and their excellent debut release 'Inside The Vertigo', which sees Jeff returning to his Metal roots, whilst retaining the melodic sensibilities that have characterised his work in the Melodic Rock genre. Hear the band in action on Jeff's choice of 2 tracks from the album.

Guitar Jedi Master Michael Angelo Batio, who has taught countless guitarists around the world via his instructional DVDs and columns is interviewed about his recent 'Shred Force 1' collection, which features some of his best instrumental songs along with vocal numbers, on which he's accompanied by Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre and a stellar cast of Metal axemen including George Lynch, Mark Tremonti, Chris Poland, and many more.

And finally, one of the finest songwriters in the Rock genre, Jim Peterik, looks at his two recent releases, the Peterik-Scherer album 'Risk Everything', and a career-spanning package from his original band the Ides of March, who celebrate their 50th anniversary with the 'Last Band Standing' box set.

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Fireworks #70 is out now!
The new issue of Fireworks sees the German Metal legends Helloween explain their ‘God Given Right’ while guitar enthusiasts will be eager to hear what Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Bubmblefoot have to say about their latest projects. Europe are back with a brand new record, just like British rockers Ten, who deliver a new album just six months after their last one! Ex-Alcatrazz vocalist Graham Bonnet speaks about going back into the studio, while another Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner discusses the Rewind Festival, Rated X and the talk of him  reuniting with Ritchie Blackmore. With the likes of House Of Lords, Kamelot and Symphony X rounding out the 22 interviews this issue, there’s plenty to get your teeth into!
Not only that, we have the usual huge cross section of reviews covering Classic Rock, Metal, Progressive, Symphonics, Blues and AOR - is there a more in depth reviews section in any other magazine? We don’t think so - nor are we aware of any magazinee giving away 71 (yes, SEVENTY ONE) songs with the issue, ABSOLUTELY FREE. We guarantee you’ll like something on the disk. If you don’t, we can only assume you have bought the wrong magazine, or you are Simon Cowell. Let’s rock!
Available in WH Smiths across UK, and in Barnes & Noble and Hastings across USA, and various Chapters etc in Canada. Direct sales can be bought online at, as well as a pdf download version (including all mp3 songs) for only £3!!

HELLOWEEN Announce Australian Tour

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Metropolis Touring & Tombowler are proud to present The God Given Right Australian Tour 2015
When you think of Power Metal, one of the first bands that come to your mind is the German Legends HELLOWEEN! Its not just a coincidence theyve played countless festivals all over the globe to a massive audience, and furthermore, they have taken their enthralling live performances as headline tours all over the world as well. Now, 30 years into their career, HELLOWEEN finally make their triumphant return to Australia. Incredibly, this will be the second time ever they have toured Australia and their first time ever in Adelaide & Perth!  
Helloween proves that they are not just a bunch of angry Hobbit-lovers with a knack for shredding guitar solos. They are well-defined and smart musicians who want to escape the boundaries that being a metal band entails.
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With the 15 albums they have released so far, they have sold well over 8 million copies, and have achieved several Gold and Platinum awards. The band shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, and after over 100 sold out shows in support of their previous album, the band is on a mission to break their own records in support of their latest offering My God-Given Right. This show is one of those shows that stays in your memory forever.
Free Magazine
3 decades into their career, the band is on their absolute top form creatively, as well as on the live show front. Hailed as one of the inventors of the power/speed metal genre, HELLOWEEN continue to break records and get better and better as the years continue. Not too many bands in the world can say that theyve been getting better with age, but Helloween is a band than has mastered and continues to break ground in one of the most thrilling sub-genres of metal.
The German powerhouse of the genre brought their A game, or rather their A+ game, and proved why, after almost 30 years in the business, Helloween is still a force to be reckoned with.
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The fiery riffs and solos backed by the relentless thumping of the double kick drums and the soaring vocals ensure a glorious night of headbanging, sing alongs and circle pits. A HELLOWEEN gig is a party like no other. The legions of fans are sure to come out in numbers and this is one gig that will stay in your memory for a long, long time be sure not to miss this one!
 Make no mistake, Helloween is back
Hard Rock Haven

Wednesday 14th October Melbourne, 170 Russell
Friday 16th October Sydney, Metro Theatre
Saturday 17th October Brisbane, Max Watts
Monday 19th October Adelaide, The Gov
Tuesday 20th October Perth, Capitol
TICKETS ON SALE 9.00am Monday 1st June from:
VIP Meet & Greet Packages available all shows

The New album My God-Given Right out 29

th May via Nuclear Blast / Caroline Australia
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