Before Helloween entered the stage
to play on Arenan in Stockholm on the 30th of November 2005, our photographer
Michael took the chance to ask the band's bass player, Markus Grosskopf,
a few questions.
Michael: How are you?
Markus: Pretty good, i went downtown today, you
got some nice vintage shops downtown in the city, I bought like a
little guitar for in the back in the buss. It's like an acustic guitar,
Helloween released a new album in 2005 (Keeper of the Seven Keys Part
III: The Legacy). Were you worried that the fans wouldn't accept a new
Keeper album without Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen?
Markus: Not so much. It wasn't clear that it
was going to be called Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy before
the mix. We waited till every song were recorded and ready to be heard
by us. When the whole package was actually finished we were listening
to everything, deciding if we call it a Keeper album. We thought it
was strong enough to be called that. There was people asking us and
begging us to get Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske in, but then we wanted
to show that this lineup is strong enough to do this on our own. It
would be nice to have them on this, but then they are leaving and
taking apart of it with them away. It would be very easy, it's not
a challenge to do it with them, it's a bigger challenge to do it on
our own with the lineup we got now and i think it's strong enough
to be called Keeper. The challenge was to create a spirit, the first
and second Keeper had a spirit of it's own. To create a new spirit
for the third Keeper we wanted to make it different thats why we put
a second long song like Occasion Avenue on it. We wouldn't be Helloween
if we tried to copy, we just make things different. So this one can
stand on its own as well as be a part of that Keeper Story but just
in a different way.
Michael: How has the new album been received?
Markus: Pretty good so far. Some say that we
got the right to call it a Keeper: The Legacy, but it's not more nor
less then the predesessors. Some says it's greater than I and II,
some says it's alright, but at least no body says it shouldn't be
called a Keeper album.
Michael: What are your own thoughts about
Michael: Did you compose any of the songs?
Michael: : Who do you trust to judge?
Michael: How will you continue now, will
there be a 4th Keeper record?
Michael: Sanctuary will re-release Helloweens
earlier works ("Walls of Jericho" (1985 - double CD), "Keeper
of the Seven Keys Part I" (1987 -single CD), "Keeper of the
Seven Keys Part II" (1988 - double CD), "Pink Bubbles Go Ape"
(1991 - single CD), which also will contain certain bonus tracks and rarities.
What might those racks be?
Markus: I don't know, you tell me! :) I can't
remember having any unreleased tracks, maybe they found something,
i don't know :)
Michael: How do you look on touring in
general these days? You have been doing it for over two decades now and
is it always funny or do you some days see it more like a "day on
the job"? There must have been times when you absolutely did not
feel like performing, how do you do to motivate yourself those days your
not feeling like playing?
- Markus: It's not always funny, you get home
sick from time to time, not yet but it's only three weeks for now but
after 2-3 months i'll probably talk different about it. I'm trying to
find little homes all over the world, Stockholm is a wonderful city,
I feel really good being here, I went out really early, it was a nice
sunny day. If you like to watch the sun in Stockholm on this time of
the year you have to go up like 10 or 11. I had a quick shower, a little
breakfast, went down town visiting my vintage guitar shops, had a coffe,
went to the old city. This is what I'm calling having lots of little
homes around the world, that makes me feel better.
Michael: Have you realised what you started
20+ years ago? The Power metal genre would not have been like it is today
if it weren't for Helloween, How does it feel like being one of the biggest,
first and genre-defining band?
- Markus: It makes
me proud, I'm lucky that I'm still there, on stage, on tour. We just
don't stop, we find ways to figure problems out. it's not only fun and
rock 'n' roll all the time, there is some complicated matters but you
try to keep the whole thing together.
Michael: Are there certain songs you (the
band) are personally a bit sick and tired of playing but you do anyway
because the fans more or less "demand" to hear during concerts?
- Markus: Not really,
not now. Maybe it's a different answer in 2-3 months :)
Michael: : How do you spend your spare-time?
Any hobby activities when your not doing anything Helloween related?
Markus: I like
to produce bands, I did a small rock n roll band called Kick Hunter,
also played bass on a record. There is also a small Portugisian band.
But that's what I'd like to do. I'm a good cook, I invite friends
to my home and cook food. :)
Michael: What is the one question that
you never got during an interview but you wish you had?
- Markus: What would
you do with all the money from your number 1 hit?
Michael: And what is the answer to the
Michael: : Thank you very much for your
time and good luck on your tour!
also: the review
and the photos
from the gig the same night.