Friday, September 12, 2008

Michael Weikath

Michael Weikath

Michael Weikath

Birthday: August 7, 1962

Birthplace: Hamburg

Height: 190cm

Weight: 75kg

Former Band: Powerfool

Musical Influences: The Beatles, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Scorpions, UFO, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, Wishbone Ash

Michael Weikath was born in Hamburg 07.08.62, West Germany. In his early days he spent almost all his free time at the tube stereo set of his parents, listening to all the stations available at the time, often too long and loud that he got dizzy and needed to go to bed.

He kinda regards those days his 'studying years'. “Got one of those first little battery powered transistor radios too, first cassette recorder when I was 9 yrs old…”, he claims, “Making crap 'yeah yeah yeah oooh' Ukulele Xylophone washing powder drum recordings with a few classmates, man, THOSE were bad!”

Michael started attending school in 1969. His first owned album was The Beatles Best collection 62-66 and visited his first rock concert at age 13: Ocean, a Wishbone Ash/Boston type Hamburg band....returned home quite drunk that evening and got in trouble with his mum.

He tried to visit and watch all their shows...

In 1974 he got taught to play the acoustic guitar for one year and got himself an electric guitar and a distortion box 1 1/2 years later. He later had rehearsal-like experiences with friends, even an imaginary Punk band called Indeed.

Second attended major rock concert was Aerosmith in 1977 at the Auditorium Maximum Hamburg, fee 5 DM (2 $) at the time. He graduated school in 1982 and served heavy social duty instead of military service after.

His first original band was created in 1978 called Powerfool, but he played in parallel bands since 81/82 too, like in the school band SAS Band , (he had been mainly recruited for arrangements but ended up playing guitar as well, out of mere boredom, i.e. the original version of “How Many Tears” had been recorded with that band too), or Blast Furnace (along with Markus Grosskopf on bass, later joined by the Powerfool” drummer sometime in 83/84. Kai Hansen was playing a bit of guitar in Powerfool for a few weeks, filling the gap of former keyboard players. A few weeks later, they left and ended Powerfool to reform Kais former band “Iron Fist” and essentially name it Helloween, Markus returning from Blast Furnace; trying to get the Helloween concept running and started presenting rehearsal room tapes to Noise Records Berlin;...that’s when the trouble started...

Michaels first played songs/solos: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Let It Be, I Want You ( Beatles ), Smoke On The Water/Burn! (Deep Purple) , Backwater/Caroline/Bye Bye Johnny ( Status Quo), Whole Lotta Rosie ( AC/DC)...House Of The Rising Sun (yeah wot else), You Really Got Me ( The Kinks/Van Halen ), Hole In The Sky/Paranoid Black Sabbath, Samba Pa Ti ( Santana ), Barracuda (Heart) Hotel California (Eagles), Freak Out (Chic), Summer Night City (ABBA), Tattoed Lady (Rory Gallagher) Gonzo/Stranglehold/Just What The Doctor Ordered (Ted Nugent)...etc etc.

His favorite bands/ influences: The Beatles, Deep Purple, 60/70ies/teenie bands ( Sweet, Bay City Rollers, Mud, Slade, Rubettes, Hello, Suzi Quatro, T.Rex, Kincade, etc etc ) Gigliola Cinquetti, Mothers Finest, Rory Gallagher, Wishbone Ash, Black Sabbath, Alan Parson's Project, ELO, Wizard, Pink Floyd, Van Halen ( I believe I must have been the first one in Germany who owned their first record...), KISS, Dio, Def Leppard, Journey, Brian Auger, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ted Nugent, KRUIZ, Omega, Sex Pistols and div Punk bands, Motorhead, Gary Moore, April Wine, Y&T, Sammy Hagar, Montrose, Johnnie Winter, Doobie Brothers, Allman Bros, Balance, Shadows, UFO, Michael Schenker Group, Boston, Frank Zappa, Rush, Rolling Stones, Demis Roussos and Aphrodite's Child, YES, Geordie, AC/DC, Uli Jon Roth, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Kinks, CCR, TenCC, Jeff Lynne, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Mamas And Papas, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Al DiMeola, Glenn Miller, Randy Rhoads, Buddy Holly, Walter Trout, Vanilla Fudge, SAGA, BB King, Loudness, Robert Palmer, The Who, Ten Years After, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Santana, Jethro Tull, Judas Priest, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, ABBA, Status Quo, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Foreigner, Spooky Tooth, Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Heart, Eagles, Nektar, Focus, Camel, div international and german hit or evergreen or classical composers; Simon & Garfunkel, Ennio Morricone, Giorgio Moroder, Burt Bacharach, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, ....AAAAH who else???

German artists: Udo Lindenberg, Udo Juergens, Katja Ebstein, Klaus Doldingers Passport, Volker Kriegel, Lenny Wolf, Atlantis, Frumpy, Kraftwerk, Nina Hagen, Peter Maffay, Spliff, Supermax, Baccara, Birth Control, Kraan, Wallenstein, Scorpions, Accept, Extrabreit, Hubert Kah, Rio Reiser, Destruction, Pink Cream 69, East german artists: Renft, Karussell, Cesar Peter Glaeser, Karat, Reform.

”Just for everyone to know and because it pisses me off each time I get asked, I did NOT mainly get influenced by Iron Maiden and Metallica. So cut it!

If too many queries come up regarding this biography, I'm threatening you, I may get it updated!!!

For the past 23 years Michael Weikath was and still is one of the founding members of “Helloween”. His devotion to the band and members lead them to a major success over the years with high sales and sold out concerts all over the world.

In the meantime, when he’s not surfing on the net, he’s writing new songs for the new “Helloween” which will be the followup to Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy.

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