|Birth name||Michael Ingo Joachim Weikath|
7 August 1962 |
|Genres||Power metal, Speed metal, Heavy metal|
|Associated acts||Powerfool, Helloween|
Michael Ingo Joachim "Weiki" Weikath (born 7 August 1962) is German musician and songwriter, best known as the guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member of the pioneer power metal band Helloween.
Weikath was born in Hamburg, Germany. He is one of Helloween's founding members, along with the musicians Kai Hansen (vocals/guitars), Markus Grosskopf (bass) and Ingo Schwichtenberg (drums). He is one of the only two remaining members still active in the band. Weikath integrated the first Helloween line up in 1982. In 1984, the band had signed a deal with Noise Records and recorded two songs for a Noise compilation record called Death Metal. In this album, he was responsible for the track "Oernst Of Life". Nowadays Michael Weikath lives in his home in Tenerife, Spain.
In a 2002 interview with Chaotic Critiques webzine, Michael Weikath was asked if the band was somewhat spiritual, pointing out the occasional spiritual themes on songs such as "Hey Lord". Weikath replied that most of the band were Christian, except Uli Kusch.
- Helloween (1985)
- Walls of Jericho (1985)
- Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 (1987)
- Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 (1988)
- Pink Bubbles Go Ape (1991)
- Chameleon (1993)
- Master of the Rings (1994)
- The Time of the Oath (1996)
- Better Than Raw (1998)
- Metal Jukebox (1999)
- The Dark Ride (2000)
- Rabbit Don't Come Easy (2003)
- Keeper of the Seven Keys - The Legacy (2005)
- Gambling with the Devil (2007)
- Unarmed – Best of 25th Anniversary (2009)
- 7 Sinners (2010)
- Straight Out of Hell (2013)
Just like Sascha Gerstner, the other guitar player in Helloween, he's using a Digitech GSP1101 preamp with Marshall JVM410H for power amplification on live performances.
Div and 1973 Marshall amp 50 Watt Div and 1982 Marshall amp 100 Watt Div ENGL amps Digitech GSP1101 VOX AC 30, Orange Overdrive. 1990 - Gibson Les Paul black; 1990 - Gibson Les Paul white, 1990 - Gibson Flying V white, 198? - Gibson Explorer custom black/white, 1976 - Gibson L6 S 1974/75/79 Fender Stratocasters. Gibson Les Paul Goldtop