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 51)
Hamburg, Germany
Genres Power metal, speed metal, heavy metal
Occupations Guitarist, 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 the guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member of pioneering power metal band Helloween.

Weikath was born in Hamburg, Germany. He started playing the guitar in 1974 and later on began rehearsing with his friends. He formed his first band, Powerfool, in 1978. His main musical influences are The Beatles, Deep Purple, the Scorpions, UFO, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Wishbone Ash.[1]

Weikath is one of Helloween's founding members, along with Kai Hansen (vocals/guitars), 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".

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. Today, he lives in Tenerife, Spain.[2]

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". Archived from the original on 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  2. ^ "Helloween Better than Ever". Chaotic Critiques. 2002. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-03-08.