Kai Hansen

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Kai Hansen, referred to by many as the 'grandfather' of European power metal, was the co-founder, guitarist and first singer for Helloween, until his departure in 1988-89. After working in the recording studio with Blind Guardian, he formed the power metal band Gamma Ray in 1989. In 1996 Hansen also began playing guitar in another band, Iron Savior, but a few years after, he decided to leave to refocus his efforts in Gamma Ray.

Kai Hansen over time has become one of the most influential musicians in heavy metal. With his roots starting back in 1979 in a band called Iron Fist with Iron Savior and producer guru Piet Sielck. He formed Helloween in 1984 with Markus Grosskopf, Ingo Schwichtenberg, and Michael Weikath. After singing lead vocals on three Helloween studio releases and playing guitar on 5 of them plus one live offering....Kai left Helloween in 1988 and formed his own band titled Gamma Ray. Kai has forged a very successful career with Gamma Ray releasing many albums, eps, and with many sold out tours throughout the world.

Link: http://www.helloween.org/index2.html (official helloween homepage)

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