Helloween announced the release of the live CD/DVD “United Alive”, which is scheduled for October 4th. This celebrates the birth of Pumpkins United which was the real deal of all seven Metal heroes: Deris, Kiske, Weikath, Hansen, Grosskopf, Gerstner and Löble.
What followed was a cry of joy from North Germany’s 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 acoss three continents. The band’s headline slots at Wacken, Rock Fest Barcelona and Masters of Rock, as well as their shows with Iron Maiden at the Sweden Rock Festival and Firenze Rocks were received enthusiastically, stages were set on fire and tears were shed.
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.
Andi Deris said: “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.”
With the release of ‘United Alive & United Alive In Madrid’ on October 4th 2019, we can transport ourselves to that tour at any time, and dive into every detail with hellish tracking shots, breathless close-ups and intimate interviews. The artwork was created by Martin Hausler once again and offers plenty of unreleased live images.
Michael Kiske added: “It wasn’t easy to condense this unbelievable tour adequately and capture how it felt for us – that’s why we had the idea to film the biggest festival gig, the most massive arena show, and the hottest club date.”
The DVD/BLU-RAY nails the tour with recordings from Wacken in front of 75,000 Metalheads and 14,000 fans in the Madrid arena and as a bonus, the show in the Espaço das Américas with a gathering of 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/Vinyl presents a whopping two hours twenty 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.
Unfortunately, Dave Mustaine had to cancel the Megadeth tour due to his medical condition. Together with Metal fans all over the world, the Pumpkins wish him a speedy recovery and will be filling in for the band’s Brazil dates last-minute, causing the scheduled studio dates to be postponed.
Despite the occasion, Helloween are very happy to announce new shows at Rockfest, Roadfest and Rock Live, and to be able to celebrate the release day of ‘United Alive & United Alive In Madrid’ on October 4th live with the Brazilian fans and their friends Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Sepultura at what is probably the biggest and most legendary festival worldwide: Rock In Rio.
21st September: BR São Paulo – Rockfest (w/ Scorpions, Whitesnake, Europe)
23rd September: BR Uberlândia – Roadfest (w/ Scorpions, Whitesnake)
25th September: BR Brasília – Rock ao Vivo (w/ Scorpions)
28th September: BR Florianópolis – Rock ao Vivo (w/ Scorpions)
1st October: BR Porto Alegre – Rock ao Vivo (w/ Scorpions, Whitesnake)
4th October: BR Rio de Janeiro – Rock in Rio (w/ Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Sepultura)