Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has issued the following statement regarding his involvement in the PLACE VENDOME project, also featuring PINK CREAM 69 members Dennis Ward, Uwe Reitenauer, and Kosta Zafiriou, plus VANDEN PLAS ivory tinkler Gunther Werno:"We all pretty much know by now [that] whatever I do, certain people will always complain about it. It's not that I really care, but to clear [up] some confusion [regarding] my statement last year about me leaving the hard rock music scene, here is this: "I did not mean with it that I'm not making music or releasing CDs anymore (not yet!) (I was in the middle of writing new material when I posted that statement.) But obviously it was all a bit unclear. What I meant was: I am not at all compatible with the hard rock or metal scene anymore. It doesn't work! "My personal understanding of free art and my human ideals are pretty much the total opposite to what this scene idealizes most of the time. And as a songwriter, I will write no more hard rock songs in the future. I discovered that I have to do things different now; my own music has got to speak a different language, and it will. But I still have a heart for intelligent rock music sometimes. "PLACE VENDOME is, and was offered to me, as AOR [Adult Oriented Rock]. I did the vocals to the demos which were not very heavy. Dennis Ward produced some of the songs with lots of heavy guitar overdubs afterwards. A bit too much for my taste, but it's OK. "Don't forget: it's not MY record, just a project I did vocals for. "Dennis did a very good job on the production, and its not that I'm getting sleepless nights because of those E-guitars, but I personally would have done it a lot less heavy to be more AOR. The amount of E-guitars does matter in terms of how it comes across, and now some songs can easily be called hard rock. But that's not my fault. It also creates even more confusion that Frontiers Records promote this album now as melodic hard rock. I think it is, and I have been told, it is AOR. But whatever it may be, it was fun to do. And as long as it is no soul-raping, brain-and-heart-dead-inhumanity-idealizing-Evil-Knievel-brutal-metal, I am OK [with it]."
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).