Gamma Ray goes Myspace

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Gamma Ray's new record company SPV Records has created the first official myspace site of the band so that the steadily growing myspace Online-Community finally can add the band to their personal friendlist. You can find this new page here. Please note that all other Gamma Ray pages which can be found in the myspace network are only private Fan Pages and gammaraymyspace is the only official one.

New video-clip

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Two weeks ago, Gamma Ray shot a promo video for the new album Land Of The Free II. Click here to check this clip for the song Into The Storm.

There is also a little update in the tour schedule: the show in Belgrad was moved to the venue SKC and there is a new confirmed show for Spain on 17.01.2008 in Lugo.

Tour keyboarder

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Dirk managed to convince his italian friend Alessio Gori who is, by the way, the leadsinger and keyboarder of the band Flashback of Anger to join Gamma Ray as keyboarder on their upcoming tour in Japan and Europe.

Tour update

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The show in Athens, Greece has been moved to Cultural Center Hellinikos Kosmos. Unfortunately, the show in Bukarest on November, 19th had to be cancelled.

Japanes tour confirmed

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The japanese dates of the upcoming tour have been confirmed.

New album: release date

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"Land Of The Free Pt. II" is scheduled for release on

19 November 2007 in Europe,
16 November 2007 in Germany,
21 November 2007 in Japan and
January 2008 in the US.

Gamma Ray signs with SPV

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The rumour pot had been stirred only for a short while, now it's already official: Gamma Ray from Hamburg have signed with Steamhammer / SPV. Their latest album, Land Of The Free Pt. II, is scheduled for release on 19 November 2007 (Germany: 16 November 2007, US: January 2008). Band founder Kai Hansen expressed his delight at the signing: "Following our previous record company's well-documented restructuring process, we increasingly felt that it would be better to embark on a new course business-wise. The preparations for our joint tour with Helloween spawned the idea to follow Helloween's example and work with Steamhammer/SPV in future. We feel certain that this cooperation will give an extra boost to our career."

New CD tracklist

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The upcoming Gamma Ray album "Land Of The Free Pt. II" will contain the following tracks with a total running time of around 65 minutes. The order of the songs might not be the final one.

3. EMPRESS 6:22
4. RAIN 5:20
9. REAL WORLD 5:44

Spanish tourdates

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The spanish dates of the upcoming European tour have been confirmed.

Tour with Helloween

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As already rumoured during the last couple of weeks, it is now confirmed that GAMMA RAY will team up with HELLOWEEN on their upcoming European tour! The tour will kick off mid of November this year, and the line up will be completed by 1-2 additional acts.

Apart from very few festival appearances, this will be the first time ever both bands touring together and bears the possibility of Kai Hansen -GAMMA RAY leader and ex- HELLOWEEN member- entering the stage to jam one or the other classic Helloween-song with his former band mates!

"This is going to be a historical event for all Helloween fans, we are looking forward to have Kai and his band on our tour with us", states Helloween guitarist Michael Weikath.

Tourdates will be announced soon...

Gamma Ray community

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Gamma Ray's official South America fanclub, the FangFace-Clan, has founded a Gamma Ray community on orkut with already more than 8.000 members, news, discussions, polls and a lot more. Join them now!

News from the Ray camp

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Dear Friends,'s been a while since you've had some news from the band and since there's been a lot of questions asked by many, we thought the time is right to give you an update from the Gammaray Camp.

About the DVD: The current status is that everything is ready so far, except for the 'Home Video' part of the Bonus section. We have made our way through quite a bit of tapes, CD's, DVD's etc. filmed by ourselves, friends, fans, crew and so on and there's a lot of material that had to be converted, cut and edited. Yesterday I spoke to the Videocompany and they told me that it was layed on ice for two weeks because they had two other shootings to do, but we should get a viewing copy by the end of the week.... let's see. This thing seems to be turning into a never ending story... sh*t, we just want to say 'done' now and announce a release date... which hopefully is going to be before summer

Statement confusion

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Dear All,

in our latest statement regarding our DVD release we have probably evoked the impression that it's Sanctuary's sole fault that the DVD has not been released yet. This is not correct.

The original plan was to release it in September, which Sanctuary could not hold, because the whole postproduction process took the band and the Videocompany longer than we expected. This was due to the Bands live activities and other factors that you could sum up as: we were too slow on everything.... Now that we are ready to finalise the master, we have to face the fact that the Berlin Office of Sanctuary, which has always done a good job for us, will be closed. So, as mentioned in our previous Statement, we now have to check out how the DVD will be released and promoted and make a new plan. We are sorry for having caused confusion with our latest Statement and if anyone wants to put the blame on someone for not having 'Hellyeah...' in their DVD player by now, put it on...

Some news from the band

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Hi Rayniacs,

after leaving you alone several weeks without any news about our DVD project we can now proudly say that the production is completely finished so that now it would be the record company's turn to bring it in the stores asap. But (unfortunately there's always a but) we were informed last week that the Sanctuary office in Berlin will be closed by the end of this year which makes it impossible to release the DVD shortly . As next we have to find a solution with the Sanctuary office in the UK which is now responsible for the release timing and if we consider all the promotional machinery which starts working in front of a release we expect that the release has to be postponed to spring 2007.

Nevertheless we continue in parallel with the songwriting and the recording of the first demos for the next album "Land Of The Free II" so that we are hopefully be able to bring two new releases in stores during next year.

I know these are sad news for...

Ragnarock cancelled!

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Unfortunately, the Ragnarok Festival in Scotland had to be canceled.

Shows in Australia

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Finally, two shows for Australia have been confirmed.

Wacken-TV documentary

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Good news for all German fans: A Wacken documentary will be broadcasted via german TV on the following dates:

  • August, 28th at 6.15 pm on all third programs
  • October, 16th from 0.30 - 2.30 am on WDR (Rockpalast)

There also will be some W:O:A-specials on Premiere, but these dates have not been confirmed yet.

Don't miss it!

New album title

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The new Gamma Ray album which is supposed to be released in late '07 will be entitled "Land Of The Free Part II".
As the title reveals, it will be a musical and conceptual continuation of the '95

More DVD-news

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At last! Gamma Ray has finally got around to giving us something incredible to watch: after this year?s US tour the boys from Hamburg decided it was high time for a proper double DVD. It simply isn't enough to excel on stage. No, the boys wanted to dazzle the fans, amuse them and update them with interesting news tit bits.

Totally unfazed by the omnipresent football world cup and the prevailing hot summer weather, this active quartet viewed hours of movie footage. Now they are nearly finished with their brand new visual masterpiece with the, erm, slightly different title: "Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome (and the Finnish keyboarder who didn't want to wear his Donald Duck costume) Live In Montreal"

Next to a magical performance on 6th May in Medley, Montral/Canada, there's tons of great behind-the-scenes footage, courtesy of camera man Markus Kreuz, who accompanied the band at all times. The band allowed the camera to run 24/7, resulting in a plethora of...