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The album was less heavy and, with song titles such as "Heavy Metal Hamsters", "I'm Doing Fine, Crazy Man", and "Shit and Lobster", showed a shift toward – and an emphasis on – humor rather than the epic moods on previous releases.
As a result, Pink Bubbles Go Ape failed both commercially and critically, and tensions started to build amongst the band members.
Grapow, who was a car mechanic at the time, stated in 2017 that, if Weikath had not happened to ask him to join the band, he would have kept his job and given up on his dream of becoming a professional musician.
In 1989, the band released a live album called Live in the U. (Keepers Live in Japan and I Want Out Live in the United States), featuring material from its 1988 European tour.
Guitarist Kai Hansen unexpectedly left the band in 1989 soon after the European leg of the Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II tour, due to ill-health, conflicts within the band, troubles with Noise International, and a growing dissatisfaction with life on tour.
Their fifteenth and latest studio album, My God-Given Right, was released on .After the release of a self-titled EP and their debut album Walls of Jericho in 1985, it expanded into a quintet with the addition of singer Michael Kiske, Hansen choosing to focus on guitar instead.Under this line-up, they released the Keeper of the Seven Keys albums (19), which established Helloween as a notable heavy metal band and led to the creation of the power metal subgenre.(The CD edition has the live introduction, but the songs have been replaced with studio versions and crowd noise spliced in.) Following these releases, Helloween began the search for a new vocalist.The band found an 18-year-old vocalist, Michael Kiske, from a local Hamburg band named Ill Prophecy.