MASTERPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow is featured in a new interview discussing, among other things, his former band HELLOWEEN:
Grapow commented on the complete absence of Helloween material from the Masterplan live set even though some of the songs he wrote for the band remain fan favourites.
“Somebody asked me a few days ago why we don’t play any Helloween songs and my answer was ‘Why should we?’ The truth is not too many people are asking for that.”
Even so, he hasn’t left Helloween behind entirely. Not yet, anyway.
“I’ve been in the business for 25 years, and I was thinking I should do something like a Best Of Roland Grapow album. I’ve asked AFM Records about that because I think I’ve written some good songs with Masterplan and Helloween, and my solo stuff. There’s enough material for a double album. AFM didn’t like the idea, and then I was thinking that maybe Masterplan could re-record some Helloween songs as a bonus CD. Songs that I wrote like ‘The Chance’, ‘Mankind’, ‘Time Of The Oath’ and ‘Still We Go’. It’s not a lot of work since it would just be covering songs. Nothing to rearrange, lyrics are done, we could probably have it done in two weeks. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea because it’s a shame that my history with Helloween has been pushed aside. They don’t play any of the songs that I wrote, which is a shame.”
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Grapow was a member of Helloween from 1989 - 2001, recording six studio albums with the band before being fired in 2001 along with drummer Uli Kusch.