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Gamma Ray Add Single Midwest/Midcountry Stop To Tour

Hamburg-based GAMMA RAY featuring Kai Hansen from Helloween on lead vocals will make their only Midwest/mid-country appearance at the Rock Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Friday, May 12, 2006. This performance will be the closing date of their first-ever US tour and the only performance that does not take place on either the east or the west coast. This will also be the band’s first-ever performance in Minnesota.

After weeks of negotiations, Nathan Block of the local independent SwordLord Productions finally secured an additional date with Gamma Ray’s agent and management after it was announced via the band’s website that only an extremely limited tour of the United States had been planned. Gamma Ray was only scheduled to play 5 dates in the United States: 3 on the east coast and 2 on the west with no stops in between.

“I am extremely grateful to John Finberg of First Row Talent out of LA and all of the management of Gamma Ray for allowing an extra date on this tour. There are many, many non-coast based fans that are going to be able to see this band now that otherwise could not have. This concert is going to be an amazing experience for many people – including myself!” says Nathan Block who is producing the show. Block’s company, SwordLord Productions has produced several first-time Minnesota appearances including Germany’s Blind Guardian and most recently Finland’s Sonata Arctica.

Co-producing the show is another independent Minnesota promoter – John McGovern of Mayhem Productions. Mayhem made headlines locally and in cyberspace with the crushing debut of Heathen Crusade in January, a showcase for many first-time European bands in Minnesota.

Special guests performing with Gamma Ray on 5/12 will be ION VEIN, Chicago’s power metal sensation and MILES BEYOND from Michigan. More bands and special events are planned and will be announced as they develop.

GAMMA RAY will be doing a meet-and-greet autograph session with fans following the Minnesota performance. Meet-and-greet sessions have been a trademark of every SwordLord Productions concert.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, March 11. Information about ticket locations, venue location and other information can be found by visiting MySpace.com/GammaRayMN or by emailing SwordLord2003@aol.com.

Here are all of Gamma Ray's scheduled tour dates and festivals:

North American Tour Dates
30.04.2006 Worcester, MA (USA) Palladium Festival
01.05.2006 New York, NY (USA) BB Kings Blues Club
02.05.2006 Springfield, VA (USA) Jaxx
04.05.2006 Toronto, ON (CA) Opera House
05.05.2006 Quebec, QU (CA) Le Capitole with Hanker
06.05.2006 Montreal, QU (CA) Medley with Hanker
09.05.2006 Santa Ana, CA (USA) Galaxy Theatre
10.05.2006 Los Angeles, CA (USA) Key Club
12.05.2006 Maplewood, MIN (USA) The Rock Nightclub

European Festivals
11.03.2006 Atarfe (ES) Nave Medina Elvira Atarfe Vega Rock festival
03.06.2006 Milano (I) Open-Air Gods Of Metal Festival
10.06.2006 Sölvesborg (S) Open-Air Sweden Rock Festival
14.07.2006 Vizovice (CZ) liqueur company R. Jelínek area Masters Of Rock 2006
04.08.2006 Wacken (D) Open-Air
06.08.2006 Kavarna (BG) Monsters Of Rock
17.08.2006 Abtsgmuend (D) Open-Air Summer-Breeze Festival
04.11.2006 Perth (SCO) Concert Hall Ragnarok Metal Festival

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