Michael Weikath

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Michael Weikath
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Weikath performing in Nürnberg in 2006
Background information
Birth name Michael Ingo Joachim Weikath
Born (1962-08-07) 7 August 1962 (age 52)
Hamburg, Germany
Genres Power metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Powerfool, Helloween

Michael Ingo Joachim "Weiki" Weikath (born 7 August 1962) is a German musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member and one of the guitarists and backing vocalists of pioneering power metal band Helloween.

Biography[edit]

Weikath was born in Hamburg, Germany and was musical from a very early age. As a four to five-year-old, he would lie in the grass, looking at the sky, and come up with melodies in his head. He began taking a serious interest in music in 1971[1] and spent much of his time as a child at the tube stereo set of his parents, listening to all the stations available at the time. The first album he owned was 1962-1966 by The Beatles.

In 1974, Weikath started playing the guitar and later on began rehearsing with his friends. He formed his first band, Powerfool, in 1978. Prior to forming Helloween, he worked for a record mail order company. In 1982, he served heavy social duty as an alternative to military service. The main bands that have had an influence on him are The Beatles, Deep Purple, the Scorpions, UFO, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Wishbone Ash.[2] The guitarists that influenced him when he started playing were Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, and Eddie Van Halen.[3]

Weikath is one of the founding members of Helloween, along with Kai Hansen (vocals/guitar), Markus Grosskopf (bass), and Ingo Schwichtenberg (drums). He is one of only two original members still active in the band, the other being Markus Grosskopf. Weikath integrated the first Helloween line up in 1982. By 1984, the band had signed a deal with Noise Records and recorded two songs for a Noise compilation record called Death Metal. On that album, he was responsible for the song "Oernst of Life".[4]

In a 1998 interview with Chaotic Critiques webzine, Weikath was asked if the band was somewhat spiritual, pointing out the occasional spiritual themes and uplifting melodies on songs such as "Hey Lord". He replied that all the band, except Uli Kusch, were Christian. Weikath stated that he himself is Catholic.[5] Today, he resides in Tenerife, Spain.[6]

Discography[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Like fellow Helloween guitarist Sascha Gerstner, he's using a DigiTech GSP1101 preamp with Marshall JVM410H for power amplification on live performances.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Weikath". Helloween.ru. 2001. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Michael Weikath Biography". Helloween GBR. Archived from the original on 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  3. ^ Ram Samudrala (1996). "Interview with Michael Weikath of Helloween". Music ramblings. Archived from the original on 2014-09-04. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Michael Weikath". Discogs. Discogs. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Helloween Better than Ever". Chaotic Critiques. 2002. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Michael Weikath". The Metal Archives. Encyclopaedia Metallum. 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2014-08-22.