The 30-year career of Helloween reached a stunning climax Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium, as former members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen rejoined the band for a seven-man tour aptly named
In what would have only been a Helloween fan’s wet dream just a couple of years ago, Kiske shared vocal duties with longtime frontman Andi Deris. Hansen brought his own voice into the mix for a three-hour, 23-song trip down the band’s discography.
Fans on the Palladium floor ate up the entire performance, from epic 13-minute opener “Helloween” all the way to show-closer “I Want Out.” Animated videos gave the band short breathing room between songs, but with this much depth in the group, the musicians were able to trade off singers and guitarists practically at will.
All three singers and guitarists got their chances to shine, but the band was truly at its best with all seven members rocking out on stage in unison. Pumping the Palladium full of harmonized power metal choruses and shredtastic solos, Helloween fans got the setlist and the show of a lifetime.