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This was written by Michael Weikath on February 03, 1998 at the Helloween Message Board in reply to a guy under nickname "Phantom" calling him a dictator and the only guilty in Helloween's problems:
1) He made Kiske leave
>>> The whole band fired Kiske because NOBODY in the band wanted to be with him any more. If you think I could push a decision like that through easily you are mistaken and it doesn`t speak for your views,because wot you basically say is the rest of Helloween must be naive idiots who don`t have their own opinion. That is not true.
2) He fired Ingo (Weiki also sucks dick,just nobody wants to say it.)
>>> Kiske was the only one who wanted to keep Ingo in the band for humane reasons... we would have gone nowhere and Ingo would have suffered even more if we would have gone on because he was dead sick, gottit?!. A career like this is no piece of cake and you must be out of your mind assuming differently, and it proves you know nothing about this business. I sat with Ingo and the band and said `no`to Ingo for six hours,and it was a very painful procedure for everyone. When he went I started to cry at Markus` shoulder and Kiske came,patted my shoulder and said `That was abouttime... ` You dare imply anything stupid here,Phantom? Was about time Weiki cries,or what?
3) His band members make solo albums (this means their mussical direction are not seriusly taken into account)
>>> They are not MY band members. We never did solo albums before because we had shitty deals and no producer (incl Dirk Steffens) wanted to go to work under those deals. They were different from the band deal,which was shitty enough.
It took a lot of persuasion to make the management and the record company like the thought of doing solo albums. Their fear was somebody like you, Phantom, could show up and say crap like you do. The interests of the single band members were not taken into account IF no one were allowed to do these solo projects,or?And luckily enough this is a thing of the past. What would you say if you wanted to do a solo album,but you were not supposed to? Oh yeah,everybody does his songs and a Helloween record would contain 40 songs. Great idea,Phantom!
4) Kai says thaty while he was in Helloween Weikath kept saying "Let's play something that sels" and finaly he said "I don't wanna play this heavy metal bulshit anymore". This must be true because Weikath has never denied it
>>> I denied that a million times,because it is not true the way you say it. Only you didn`t read it. I didn`wanna do wot I call antisocial metal... when we started out we had shows with blood squirting up to the stage,because many `thrashers`were beating themselves up instead of listening to the band... and Kai said `I didn`t wanna do music for these people` and I said `You will have to write different music, then. `And we agreed... and alas,Kai wrote `Future World`one of the most commercial nummbers Helloween is still playing. But I guess you`d say that`s because I forced him to,right?
5) He made Chameleon
Yes, I grinned and gave my face and name when it was done and nobody believed it, because I still seemed the most credible character in the band to outsiders. You know I wear leather and look like a rock guitarist. Kiske and Ingo and the management didn`t really care about my views by that time,and if I had said anything (which only I did,and there were a million discussions with Kiske because actually I were the only one who still had the fire to argue with him,say it was my personal pleasure to give him trouble) nobody would have given @!#$ about it,cause everybody was keen on a commercial megaseller album,including me,because we had several million Marks debts from our court case and the fact that Pink Bubbles sales had been shitty-there was a payoff of several hundred thousand marks for each record being produced due to NOISE Records... even with Master Of The Rings that was minimal by then,but nevertheless there. So there was KISKE here,there and everywhere and one person in the management is to be blamed for that as well. He was fired later,by Rod Smallwood personally. That`s why Roland and me were sent to Greece were we were verbally ripped apart by the fans and every magazine because they hated Chameleon. Maybe Kiske should have done that promo tour. I just remember him say `Those who don`t understand Chameleon should shut up,grow older and learn wot we have presented to them. `Well spoken,don`t you think, Phantom? That means we are the teachers for Rock music,and we hold the holy grail for that type of music,and you as a fan just have to shut up,eat and enjoy. Is that clear to you?So remember,don`t say anything. And praise `Instant Clarity`,that is wot Rock music is all about,gottit?
6) He blames kiske for Chameleon
>>> Roland has 4 tracks on Chameleon. Kiske has 4 tracks on Chameleon. I have 4 tracks on Chameleon and you have to admit that they are the most `metal` ones on that record. Giants doesn`t suck and Windmill may not be metal but I`m fucking proud of it. It has not been recorded properly though and I hate that version,but I had to force Ingo to play it,because he didn`t wanna play it at all. But I couldn`help him if he didn`t understand important songs. Ask some girls you know if they like the song. I was not supposed to use an orchestra for it because Kiske had Longing, which is a good track but having a classical orchestra play has been my wish in the first run,but I was not supposed to put it on Windmill because Kiske was our classical genius and it only belongs on his tracks, no one elses. The arrangement for all orchestra stuff on Chameleon was written by a german professional arranger who did great stuff ever since the early sixties, and he worked for a lot of hits and evergreens. He cost a shitload of money,but you know,everybody in Helloween by that time was too stupid to arrange a notation for orchestra ,and still is,even Kiske.
Chameleon was in turn our least selling album,and because EMI distributors told record shop owners not to order too many units of it,because in their opinion it would not sell well and EMI didn`t like our actual final sales very much,we all called it quits and it was damn hard to find a good record company (Castle). They were the only ones who put trust in us and bought us out of the blue. (What?Maybe ONLY 200 000 units to be sold worldwide? That`what we need!) All other record companies actually didn`t call us up, because `Helloween? Ha! Come on,they`re dead!`
7) Weiki is a dictator nevertheless,and I`m not going to like him wotever he says.
>>> Yes. Do that. I just had a call from Andi saying hello to everyone here on the board and I`m entitled to tell everyone he doesn`t think I am a dictator. But Phantom,YOU can say that everytime you like. Maybe then me AND Andi are THE DICTATORS and the rest of Helloween have to suffer hard under our strong hands. That`s possibly why Uli has 4 tracks on the japanese edition of Better than Raw, because we were too busy ruling Helloween, so that we forgot to write songs. Or maybe we don`t like Roland,we naturally forbade him to write songs because the stuff on his solo record sounded too much like Helloween and it would be too obvious he is the main composer in the band,because we were so envious,right,Phantom? OK,don`t take this personal,but I already had to deal with many psychlogical detectives of your kind,so much I`m sick of it. What do guys like you want?The real truth behind a drama nobody is aware of... well why don`t you stick to the common knowledge of the many official band histories,or at least stop saying things about grown structures you know nothing about. Helloween is a band you like even the new records of as you say,and no one in the band is as stupid as you may think. How can you be so arrogant to assume that, then?Whenever I may have acted like a dictator the others did the same,and it was for Helloween to become the way it is. You wouldn`t guess it, but Markus always had to be asked as well,before anything ever was decided,because Markus is fairness itself and he would not let ANYONE cross a certain line. Make up your story;is Markus the dictator in Helloween... yes,he must be the grey eminence. Face it,all the band members you love so much are out of Helloween for a certain reason. I meanwhile go out to drink with Dirk Schlaechter. When Hansen and I sat together at a UFO show in Hamburg, a lot of fans and friends started to wonder. We have been playing together about ten years,we had good times,we had bad times. Henjo Richter has been one of my best friends since seven years. We spend hours on the phone and in bars. Daniel and I had and will have a lot of fun. I even like Somewhere Out In Space,and the GR guys like Better Than Raw. They listen to it in their studio. Timo Tolkki will not play in Helloween insted of me nor Roland and he won`t play in Rainbow. (Andi was asked to sing in Rainbow after the Master of The Rings. That`s probably because he is such a shitty singer that Maestro Blackmore is not pushed out of the spotlight too much,you may say. Phantom,wot is your opinion about Blackmore,eh? Must be a mean guy,or?I mean,he looks like one. Looks a little like me sometimes. Could be my father maybe. Did one ever ask?It`s said he has another son in Hamburg,called Juergen... about Weiki`s age...soso...and Weiki has been seen with Babs,Ritchies ex-wife. Hmmm... well,I don`t know much about Blackmore,so I rather don`t say anything. Are you satisfied now? Please shut up. And everyone here print this and keep it for someone who needs to know.
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