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It was with great surprise that in 1988 Kai Hansen decided to leave Helloween: the band he co-founded and that in a very few years reached a very high level of success, ending up influencing and challenging the bands that were once their original inspiration.
Hansen left Helloween just when the band had finally reached international stardom and after having won the appreciation of metal giants such as Iron Maiden who often publicly championed the German band. Hansen, Gamma Ray and Helloween are now very good friends, often sharing the stage, but in 1987 the divorce was a proper rock and roll acrimonious one: a true shock for the metal scene. The reasons that brought Kai Hansen to leave the band are still the subject of interviews and fan debates, despite listening to the forthcoming reissue of “Heading For Tomorrow”, 25 years after its original release, it looks very obvious that Kai Hansen destiny was to lead his own band.
25 years after the official debut, Gamma Ray and earMUSIC have started a monumental work to re-release the entire production by Gamma Ray in deluxe double CDs.
The original albums will be re-presented in new shining, remastered version on the first disc (with the inclusions of all B-sides) while the second CD will be dedicated to old live recordings, demos digitalised for the first time from the original tapes saved by all members of the band, alternative versions and recent studio and live recordings.
“Heading For Tomorrow” was initially released as a Kai Hansen solo album. By extracting the LP out of its sleeve, “Heading For Tomorrow” revealed its “secret intention” (it was still the days of LP, or is it again?) revealing a second cover, introducing Kai’s new baby: GAMMA RAY.
GammaRay announce upcoming tour:
„BEST OF THE BEST - PARTY TOUR 2015“
Sun, 27.09. Santiago + Blondie
Tue, 29.09. Buenos Aires + Teatro Vorterix
Fri, 02.10. Brasilia + Minas Brasilia
Sat, 03.10. Belo Horizonte + Music Hall
Sun, 04.10. São Paulo + Carioca Club
Wed, 28.10. Wilhelsmhaven + Pumpwerk
Fri, 30.10. Hamburg + Markthalle
Sa, 31.10. Berlin + C-Club
Sun, 01.11. Bochum + Zeche
Tues, 03.11. München + Backstage Werk
Sa, 07.11. Lucenec + Sports Hall
Sun, 08.11. Budapest + Club 202
Tue, 10.11. Graz + Explosiv
Wed, 11.11. Milano - special guest to Scorpions - Mediolanum Forum
Fri, 13.11. Pamplona + Totem
Sa, 14.11. Santiago de Compostela + Capitol
Sun, 15.11. Porto + Hard Club
Tue, 17.11. Lisboa + Paradis Garaje
Wed, 18.11. Sevilla + Custom
Fri, 20.11. Murcia + Gamma
Sat, 21.11. Madrid + San Miguel
Sun, 22.11. Barcelona + Razz 1
Tue, 24.11. Lyon + Ninkasi Kao
Wed, 25.11. Pratteln + Z7
Fri, 27.11. Memmingen + Kaminwerk
Fri, 04.12. Aschaffenburg + Colos-Saal
Sat, 05.12. Paris + Trabendo
Sun, 06.12. Vosselaar + Biebob
Tue, 08.12. London + Islington
Wed, 09.12. Tilburg + 013
Fri, 11.12. Gothenburg + Musikens Hus
Sat, 12.12. Stockholm + Klubben
Sat, 19.12. Helsinki - Barona Areena (with Sabaton)
Kai Hansen busy in a trip back to the tapes days... working on the extra material for the first Gamma Ray reissue. More news soon!
It’s been a wild ride for Germany’s power metal institution Gamma Ray.
Led by Kai Hansen, one of the most loved metal icons of the last 30 years, Gamma Ray has influenced and shaped the genre since 25 years. Simply put, year after year they became – and stayed – one of the most solid flagships in Classic and Power Heavy Metal and still are its undisputed kings.
Now, after eleven studio albums and the release of their recent studio album “Empire Of The Undead” almost one year ago – the most successful record in the band’s history yet, Gamma Ray is ready to get their first selection of their best and most representative songs on one album.
“THE BEST (Of)” is going to be released on January 30th, 2015 on earMUSIC.