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Michael Weikath

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Plays in Helloween since 1983 till now


One of the founders, all-time members, ideologists and key persons of Helloween. Author of such masterpieces as How Many Tears, A Tale That Wasnt Right, Dr. Stein, Keeper Of The Seven Keys, which defined the band since its early days.

"I always had moments when I was lying in the grass, looking at the sky, when I was maybe four or five years old when I would come up with melodies. It was troubling, disturbing because I had no means of recording it, keeping it. Id have to save it in my memory. Naturally, you can imagine, you forget what it is youve been humming once youve been humming it for six months. That bothered me. I thought, I need ways of somehow expressing what Im doing here. But, even after that, the problem was finding the right instrument. My parents tried to give me saxophone, xylophone, piano, but nothing took. But I decided to become a guitarist when I saw a guy play around a campfire. He sang terribly but he attracted all the girls. I thought, First of all, Im pretty sure I can sing a lot better than that guy. Id also be able to play guitar a lot better than him and I could attract the girls and Id have a way to convey my melodies. Thats what started it."

"You can convey various things. Whatever you want. You can try happiness, you can try sadness, you can try arrogance, you can try joviality, many things. If you have the right means to do it. Some people can do it well and some people cant. It really depends on how gifted they are."

(interview for Sea of Tranquility)



Career timeline:
date
event
august 7th, 1962
Michael Weikath was born in Hamburg (Germany)
1969
Michael went to school
1971
Michael became interested in music
1974
the future musician got his first album (Beatles)
1974
Weikath began to study acoustic guitar
1975
attended his first rock concert
1976
bought his first electric guitar and distortion box
end of 70s
began rehearsals with his friends
1977
attended his second rock concert (Aerosmith)
1978
Michael started playing in his first bands (Powerfool, SAS and others)
1982
Michael graduated from the school and served heavy social duty instead of military service
1983
he met Kai Hansen and invited him to play in Powerfool
1983
just in a few weeks both Hansen and Weikath left Powerfool
1983
together with Weikath Kai Hansen resurrects his band, Iron Fist, with the following line-up: Hansen, Weikath, Markus Grosskopf (also played with Weikath in Blast Furnace band), Ingo Schwichtenberg
1983
Iron Fist was renamed to Helloween
1984
1991
Michael recorded a guitar solo for Let Love Conquer The World, German Rock Project, done for charity


Discography:

  • All Helloween issues

    Guest appearances:

  • German Rock Project (Let Love Conquer The World)
  • Paragon (The Final Command)
  • Ferdy Doernberg (Storyteller's Rain, Just a Piano and a Handful of Dreams)
  • Catch the Rainbow (A Tribute to Rainbow)
  • Andi Deris (Come in from the Rain)
  • Shaman (Ritualive)

    Solo-projects:

  • none


    Websites dedicated to Michael Weikath:

  • Keeper of the Seven Keys


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