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Gamma Ray

Formed: 1988
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active


After 4 years in Helloween, songwriter and guitarist Kai Hansen decided to leave the band in 1988. After some studio work with Blind Guardian, he decided to form he own project. Along with his long-time friend Ralf Scheepers (vocals; ex-Tyran Pace) and Uwe Wessel (bass) and Mathias Burchard (drums), he formed Gamma Ray. They released the album "Heading for Tomorrow" (1990) with guest appearances by Piet Sielck and Dirk Schlächter. Uli Kusch replaced Mathias on drums and Dirk Schlächter is the second guitarist of the band.

In September 1991, the album "Sigh No More" was released. In October of that same year, they started a 50 dates worldwide tour. The third Gamma Ray's album "Insanity And Genius" was released in 1993, when the new band members Thomas Nack (Drums) and Jan Rubach (Bass) were introdudec, replacing Uli and Uwe due to personal problems.

In September, the band along with Rage, Helicon and Conception starts the tour "Melodic Metal Strikes Back". The double CD "Power Of Metal" and the Videos "Power of Metal" and "Lust for live" was released. Singer Ralf Scheepers left the band and was replaced by Kai Hansen. In 1995 the fourth album "Land Of The Free" was released. Jan Jubach and Thomas Nack left the band in 1996 when Dirk Schlächter decided to go back playing bass. Henjo Richter, guitars and Dan Zimmermann on drums. In July of '97, Gamma Ray started an improvised tour in South America (Argentina and Brazil), for delight of their fans. In August '97, they released their album "Somewhere Out In Space."

Latest Gamma Ray News

Below is our complete Gamma Ray news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Gamma Ray Announces "Skeletons & Majesties"

German power metal act Gamma Ray will be releasing a new collection titled "Skeletons & Majesties." Set for release in the U.S. and Canada on May 31st via Armoury Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment, "Skeletons & Majesties" is a collection of songs Gamma Ray gathered from previous albums represented in two completely different styles.

The first two tracks are the "Skeletons," featuring brand new versions of some of Gamma Ray's songs rarely played live, including "Hold Your Ground" (from the "Heading For Tomorrow" album) and "Brothers" (from the "Insanity And Genius" album).

The second section, "Majesties," is where the band displays two more new versions of rarities, "Send Me A Sign" (originally on the "Powerplant" release) and "Rebellion In Dreamland" (originally on "Land Of The Free"), both performed in a new acoustic presentation.

Additionally, Gamma Ray has also included some bonus tracks, including the rare song "Wannabees" - previously only released on the "To The Metal!" 7’" - as well as an extended version of "Brothers."

To top it off, the final track on the EP is another version of "Rebellion In Dreamland," this time karaoke style. The band has launched a special contest, where the group will be integrating a "choir" of fans' voices on the upcoming album version of the song. Diehards and wailers can take part in the competition by submitting a recording of their version of the song via physical demo submission or digital sound file. Full details are available at this location. More...

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Gamma Ray To Tour North America In 2011

Gamma Ray is preparing a mini-tour for early 2011 in support of the band's newest record, "To The Metal." VIP tickets will be available for an meet and greets one hour before the show for an additional cost. There will be no other North American tours in 2011 as stated on the band's official webpage, making this the only chance to see Gamma Ray for the forseeable future.

Gamma Ray will be playing at the following cities:

28th January 2011 - Grammercy Theater - New York, NY
29th January 2011 - Cafe Campus - Montreal, QUE
30th January 2011 - Imperial - Quebec City, QUE
1st February 2011 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
3rd February 2011 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL

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Gamma Ray Confirms Festival Appearance

German power metallers Gamma Ray has announced their participation in the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Festival. 70000 Tons of Metal sets sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FLorida to Cozumel, Mexico.

70000 Tons of Metal confirmed bands:
Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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Gamma Ray Announces World Tour Dates

Gamma Ray has announced the following "To The Metal World Tour" dates:

08.04.10 - Russia [RU] - Moscow - B1 Maximum
10.04.10 - Russia [RU] - St Petersburg - DK Lensoveta
13.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Osaka - Big Cat
15.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Tokyo - On Air East
16.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Tokyo - On Air East
17.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Nagoya - Bottom Line
20.04.10 - Korea [KR] - Seoul - V-Hall
21.04.10 - China [CN] - Beijing - Mao Live House
22.04.10 - Taiwan [TW] - Taipei - Armed Forces Cultural Center
24.04.10 - Guatemala [GT] - Guatemala City - Teatro Miguel Angel Asturias
25.04.10 - Mexico [MX] - Mexico City Circo Volador
28.04.10 - Venezuela [VE] - Valencia - Teatro Municipal Carabobo
30.04.10 - Colombia [CO] - Bogota - Teatro Metropol
01.05.10 - Ecuadsor [EC] - Quito - TBA

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Amberian Dawn Guitarist To Tour With Gamma Ray

Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about their guitarist joining Gamma Ray for a string of tour dates:

"Guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen has been asked to join Gamma Ray as the temporary replacement for guitarist/keyboardist Henjo Richter, who underwent surgery on Tuesday, March 16th for a 'retinal detachment.' Kasperi agreed and it was easy for him to join the band because he has played a few shows with Gamma Ray is same role already in 2006. Amberian Dawn wishes Kasperi a great tour with guys of GammaRay!"

The affected shows are as follows:

3/20 - Prague, CZR @ KD Vltavska
3/22 - Langen, GER @ Stadthalle (rescheduled from March 18)
3/23 - Saarbrücken, GER @ Garage (rescheduled from March 16)

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Gamma Ray Postpones European Tour Dates

German power metal band Freedom Call has issued the following update:

"Due to illness in the Gamma Ray camp two shows have to be postponed..."

Gamma Ray tour dates with Freedom Call are as follows:

19.03. D-Lichtenfels - Stadthalle
22.03. D-Langen - Stadthalle (new date)
23.03. D-Saarbrücken - Garage (new date)

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Gamma Ray Posts New Video Online

German power metal legends Gamma Ray has posted their new music video online for the title track of their new studio album, "To The Metal." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released on January 29th and will also be issued in a special edition version which will feature bonus tracks as well as a sixty minute DVD. More...

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Gamma Ray Posts New Song, "To The Metal," Online

Germany power metal band GAMMA RAY has posted the self titled song from their new album, "To The Metal," on this MySpace page. The new album will be released on January 29th.

The tracklisting for "To The Metal" [cover art] is as follows:

01. Rise
02. Deadlands
03. Mother Angel
04. No Need To Cry
05. Empathy
06. To The Metal
07. All You Need To Know
08. Time To Live
09. Shine Forever
10. Breaking Away

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Gamma Ray Reveals New Album Details

German power metal outfit Gamma Ray has announced that their forthcoming tenth studio album will be entitled, "To The Metal" and that fans can expect the album to hit the shelves on January 29th. There will be a regular jewel case version of the record as well as a limited edition version which will feature a bonus DVD. The album will also be released on red vinyl in gatefold packaging and a very special edition which will contain the vinyl and CD, along with two bonus tracks. In addition to this, all of the CD/Vinyl combos will be hand signed by the band.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Mother Angel"
"No Need To Cry"
"To The Metal"
"All You Need To Know"
"Time To Live"
"Shine Forever"
"Breaking Away"

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Secret Sphere Announces European Tour

Secret Sphere have announced they will be playing alongside Gamma Ray and Freedom Call on the "To The Metal" European tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

2/06 - Dock's - Hamburg, Germany
2/07 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
2/09 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
2/10 - Le Trabendo - Paris, France
2/12 - Sala Totem - Navarra, Spain
2/13 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
2/14 - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, Spain
2/16 - Magazzini Generali - Mailand, Italy
2/19 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece
2/20 - Block 33 - Thessaloniki, Greece
2/21 - Blue Box Club - Sofia, Bulgaria
2/23 - SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
2/24 - Boogaloo - Zagreb, Croatia
2/26 - Sport Hall - Presov, Slovakia
2/27 - MSK Centrum - Ziad Nad Hronom, Slovakia
2/28 - PKO - Bratislava, Slovakia
3/12 - H2O Halle - Reichenbach, Germany
3/13 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
3/14 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
3/16 - Garage - Saarbrucken, Germany
3/18 - Stadthalle Langen - Langen, Germany
3/19 - Stadthalle Lichenfels - Lichtenfels, Germany
3/20 - [to be announced] - Prague, Czech Republic

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Helloween Announces 2009 Latin American Tour Dates

German power metallers Helloween have announced a string of tour dates in Latin America alongside Gamma Ray. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

4/11/09 Argentina - Buenos Aires - Obras
4/13/09 Chile - Santiago - Caupolican
4/15/09 Brasil - Curitiba - Hellooch
4/17/09 Brasil - Rio de Janeiro - Citibank Hall
4/18/09 Brasil - Belo Horizonte - Chevrolet Hall
4/20/09 Brasil - Sao Paulo - Credicard Hall
4/22/09 Brasil - Porto Alegre - Pepsi Stage
4/24/09 Brasil - Manaus - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
4/26/09 Brasil - Fortaleza - tba
4/27/09 Brasil - Recife - Chevrolet Hall
4/30/09 Peru - Lima - Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposicion

5/2/09 El Salvador - San Salvador - tba
5/4/09 Mexico - Guadalajara - Estudio Cavaret
5/8/09 Mexico - Monterrey - tba
5/10/09 Mexico - Mexico City - Circo Volador

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Helloween Plans N. American Tour w/ Gamma Ray

Helloween is returning to North America on the Hellish Rock Tour. This highly anticipated tour kicks off on September 18th in Quebec, and after tearing across the continent, will finish up on October 11th in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Helloween is touring in support of their most recent release, "Gambling with the Devil," which is in stores now. October 7, 2008 will see the release of the Gambling with the Devil Tour Edition. Featuring unreleased songs and enhanced videos, this is a must have for the true Helloween fan.

Sure, Helloween may be headlining, but don't forget about Gamma Ray. Fronted by original Helloween lead singer Kai Hansen, this band is another favorite of the power metal genre. With Kai being there with Gamma Ray…the possibility exists that he may make a “special” appearance with Helloween.

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Helloween Postpone Monterrey Show

HELLOWEEN have announced that their show in Monterrey, Mexico, originally scheduled for May 8th, has been postponed. The gig will now take place the following day, May 9th.

Helloween's Latin American live dates with special guests GAMMA RAY are as follows.

11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
13 - Santiago, Chile - Caupolican
15 - Curitiba, Brasil - Hellooch
17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Citibank Hall
18 - Belo Horizonte, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
20 - Sao Paulo, Brasil - Credicard Hall
22 - Porto Alegre, Brasil - Pepsi Stage
24 - Manaus, Brasil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
26 - Fortaleza, Brasil - Venue TBA
27 - Recife, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
30 - Lima, Peru - Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposicion

2 - San Salvador, El Salvador - Venue TBA
4 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Estudio Cavaret
9 - Monterrey, Mexico - Venue TBA
10 - City, Mexico - Circo Volador

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Helloween Announce More North American Dates

HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY have added more shows to the North American leg of their "Hellish Rock Tour 2008". Here are the confirmed dates:

Sept. 18 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Albert Rousseau
Sept. 19 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Sept. 20 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 21 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sept. 23 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
Sept. 25 - Atlanta, GA - Pre-ProgPower USA
Sept. 27 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Sept. 28 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 1 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Oct. 3 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 5 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Oct. 6 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues (Sunset Strip)
Oct. 8 - Santa Fe, NM - Camel Rock Casino

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Helloween, Gamma Ray Announce North American Dates

The following tour dates have been announced for the North American leg of the "Hellish Rock Tour 2008" featuring HELLOWEEN and support act GAMMA RAY.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

18 - Salle Albert Rousseau - Quebec City, QC
19 - Le Medley - Montreal, QC
20 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
21 - B.B. King Blues Club Grill - New York, NY
23 - Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
27 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL

1 - MacEwan Hall/MacEwan Student Centre - Calgary,
3 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
6 - House of Blues Sunset Strip - West Hollywood, CA

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Helloween Confirm Latin America Dates

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have confirmed the following Latin American live dates with special guests GAMMA RAY:

11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
13 - Santiago, Chile - Caupolican
15 - Curitiba, Brasil - Hellooch
17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Citibank Hall
18 - Belo Horizonte, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
20 - Sao Paulo, Brasil - Credicard Hall
22 - Porto Alegre, Brasil - Pepsi Stage
24 - Manaus, Brasil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
26 - Fortaleza, Brasil - Venue TBA
27 - Recife, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
30 - Lima, Peru - Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposicion

2 - San Salvador, El Salvador - Venue TBA
4 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Estudio Cavaret
8 - Monterrey, Mexico - Venue TBA
10 - City, Mexico - Circo Volador More...

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Gamma Ray To Issue New Album On Vinyl

On April, 21st GAMMA RAY's new album, Land Of The Free II, will be released worldwide as a double-gatefold vinyl special edition. More details will be revealed soon.

The tracklist of Land Of The Free II is as follows: 'Into The Storm', 'From The Ashes', 'Rising Again', 'To Mother Earth', 'Rain', 'Leaving Hell', 'Empress', 'When The World', 'Opportunity', 'Real World', 'Hear Me Calling', 'Insurrection'.

Gamma Ray's live schedule is currently as follows:

12 - Milano, Italy - Evolution Festival

13 - Raismes, France - Raismes Fest 2008

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Manowar To Play Romania In July

According to Metalfan.ro, MANOWAR will play in Bucharest, Romania on July 7. More information will be made available soon.

MANOWAR will headline this year's Magic Circle Festival, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. This year's event will feature four days of metal, 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four custom-built choppers owned by MANOWAR members to be given away. Also scheduled to appear are HOLYHELL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, MAJESTY and STORMWARRIOR.

MANOWAR is scheduled to perform on the Friday evening of the festival, where they will play "Battle Hymns", "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England". On the Saturday evening, the band will play "Sign Of The Hammer", "Fighting The World" and "Kings Of Metal". This set will also feature, for the first time, a rendition of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)", which will feature the original choir and orchestral performance that has never been seen before. More...

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Helloween Add Brisbane Date To Tour

HELLOWEEN have added a Brisbane show to the upcoming Australian leg of their ongoing Hellish Rock tour with GAMMA RAY. They will play The Arena on February 26th.

As previously reported, Australia's BLACK MAJESTY have been tapped to open the February 28th and 29th shows in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.

The Hellish Rock tour schedule is now as follows:

14 - Plzen, Czech Republic at Hala Lokomotiva
15 - Zlin, Czech Republic at Hala Novesta (SOLD OUT)
16 - Pardubice, Czech Republic at CEZ Arena
18 - Kosice, Slovakia at Cassosport Sport Hall
19 - Bratislava, Slovakia at PKO
21 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
22 - Kaufbeuren, Germany at All Karthalle

6 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmatre
7 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
8 - London, UK at The Forum
10 - Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
11 - Tuttlingen, Germany at Alte Festhalle
12 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Europahalle
13 - Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle
15 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
17 - Lugo, Spain at Recinto Ferial
18 - Bilbao, Spain at Rockstar Live
20 - Madrid, Spain at La Riviera

8 - Fukuoka, Japan - Drum Logos
9 - Hiroshima, Japan - Club Quattro
11 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
12 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
14 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall
15 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall
26 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
28 - Sydney, Australia - The Metro Theatre
29 - Melbourne, Australia - The Forum

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Helloween Post Tour Update

German metallers HELLOWEEN have issued the following update:

"Day 21 of the Hellish Rock Tour 2007/08. HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY have returned home to Germany in the meantime after two great concerts in Italy — Rome and Milano — and have played two concerts there in Lichtenfels and Bremen to enthusiastic crowds.

"The trek went on to Scandinavia and played the first concert in Sweden — in Göteborg — and will be playing to a capacity crowd in the Rockefeller in Oslo/Norway. Lund and Stockholm in Sweden are next on the list with Tampere and Helsinki in Finland following.

"Since Rome, the German band AXXIS is joining the tour and has been accepted well already during its first appearance.

"Meanwhile the new HELLOWEEN CD, 'Gambling With The Devil', is climbing the official Greek album chart in its third week and is now on the 6th spot."

HELLOWEEN's new album, "Gambling with the Devil", consists of eleven songs (plus an intro, spoken by SAXON's Biff Byford) with a total playing time of 57 minutes and 40 seconds. For their many faithful fans, there is also a limited first edition (40,000 units in a digipak with an embossed and stamped slipcase to be released in Europe, and 10,000 units in a jewel case in the U.S.) with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks, the video for the first single "As Long As I Fall", and a "making-of" of the video, including interview sequences.

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