In addition to joining forces with Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany's PINK CREAM 69 and Swiss guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) in a brand new project dubbed UNISONIC, former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has spent the last few months recording a guest appearance on the next GAMMA RAY's album, "To The Metal"; contributing to the track "The Ethereal Dream" by TOMORROW'S OUTLOOK; laying down vocals on the new AVANTASIA album; and putting the finishing touches on the "duet" album with American singer Amanda Somerville.
Michael took a break from all this activity to answer few questions that were submitted by fans through the MichaelKiske.net web site. A few excerpts follows below.
"UNISONIC won't be just a mix of PLACE VENDOME and Kiske. You will certainly recognize the musicians. Dennis will always be Dennis. The same goes for me and Mandy etc. A bit of PLACE VENDOME you will also here, just less Eighties like produced, but we are working on our own fresh sound. UNISONIC will have more colours and less limitations."
"We will play songs from PLACE VENDOME, UNISONIC and probably two of my older songs I re-recorded on 'Past In Different Ways' album. I guess 'Kids Of The Century' and maybe 'A Little Time'. Especially PLACE VENDOME deserves some live playing. But it will only be songs we have written."
On the new collaboration with GAMMA RAY:
"I simply like Kai Hansen's personality. As we say here in Germany, he will always have a 'stone in my heart.' I connect the best HELLOWEEN years with him. When he asked me to sing a song chorus and I heard the song, I liked some other songs on his album a bit more, but he wanted me to do that one. It's all typical Kai Hansen. Energetic, played with fun, and not negative at all."
On the new project KISKE/SOMERVILLE:
"Amanda Somerville is so good that I very often thought she should really sing it all... I wouldn't mind to step down and give her MUCH more parts to sing... Love her voice! I have no doubts that this will be a killer album especially because of her."