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Best Of The Best Party Tour 2015 Voting

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wewantyou cut ...to be part of the BEST OF THE BEST 25th ANNIVERSARY PARTY - choose Your favorite Songs out of 25 Years and 11 GammaRay Albums and win one of 25 SuperVIP Packages - join the Soundcheck - Meet and greet with the Band - Photos and signings - laminated VIP Ticket - present bag from the Band and more. To participate just choose your favorite 2 Songs out of every GammaRay Album and also choose your favorite 2 GammaRay Albums - sign in and be a winner!!! Your favorite Songs will be played on the BEST OF THE BEST 25th ANNIVERSARY PARTY TOUR 2015.

Link: http://gammaray.org/fans/survey

Registered (Website) users please log-in!

Deadline for your votes: September, 20th 2015.

GAMMA RAY ANNOUNCE 25th ANNIVERSARY 2CD REISSUE OF "SIGH NO MORE"

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2015 sigh anniversary cd"Sigh No More" (Anniversary Edition) will be released on September 25th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

25 years of Gamma Ray – 25 years of heavy metal from Hamburg: what started out in spring 1990 with the release of their debut album Heading For Tomorrow has achieved international fame a quarter of a century later. Tours around the globe with sold-out shows in the US, Canada, South America, Asia and the whole of Europe plus appearances at the most renowned festivals worldwide – vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen’s band has long taken the world by storm. Their success is based on more than two dozen recordings, among them eleven studio albums, a number of live releases, DVDs, EPs and singles, which have earned Gamma Ray high chart positions on a regular basis. So it comes as no surprise that the group’s ever-growing fan base turns out in hordes wherever they play. And of course the top 15 position of their current release “Empire Of The Undead” and an album-of-the-month nomination in Metal Hammer and Rock Hard magazines prove unmistakably: Gamma Ray continue to be on the top rung!

In view of this impressive stocktaking on the occasion of their anniversary, there’s a special reason to rejoice for their international fan community: the band’s full back catalogue will be rereleased over the course of a year. All albums will be available as premium-quality digipaks including newly designed cover artwork. To cut a long story short: Gamma Ray are celebrating their anniversary in style, and all their fans are invited!

When Gamma Ray started to work on their second studio album Sigh No More in spring 1991, the international heavy metal scene had just been plunged into their first and at the same time most serious crisis to date. Grunge was the flavour of the day and musicians sporting checked shirts and a grubby street look were fast becoming the new stars. At the beginning of September 1991, Nirvana’s hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ arrived on the scene and Kurt Cobain became the icon of a new musical genre. The old heroes were considered outdated, or at least so it seemed for some time.
Gamma Ray’s sophomore album “Sigh No More” sure didn’t sound outdated.

GAMMA RAY ANNOUNCE 25th ANNIVERSARY 2CD REISSUE OF "HEADING FOR THE EAST"

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2015 heading east anniversary cd"Heading For The East" (Anniversary Edition) will be released on September 25th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

25 years of Gamma Ray – 25 years of heavy metal from Hamburg: what started out in spring 1990 with the release of their debut album Heading For Tomorrow has achieved international fame a quarter of a century later. Tours around the globe with sold-out shows in the US, Canada, South America, Asia and the whole of Europe plus appearances at the most renowned festivals worldwide – vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen’s band has long taken the world by storm. Their success is based on more than two dozen recordings, among them eleven studio albums, a number of live releases, DVDs, EPs and singles, which have earned Gamma Ray high chart positions on a regular basis. So it comes as no surprise that the group’s ever-growing fan base turns out in hordes wherever they play. And of course the top 15 position of their current release "Empire Of The Undead" and an album-of-the-month nomination in Metal Hammer and Rock Hard magazines prove unmistakably: Gamma Ray continue to be on the top rung!

In view of this impressive stocktaking on the occasion of their anniversary, there’s a special reason to rejoice for their international fan community: the band’s full back catalogue will be rereleased over the course of a year. All albums will be available as premium-quality digipaks including newly designed cover artwork. To cut a long story short: Gamma Ray are celebrating their anniversary in style, and all their fans are invited!

Following a thoroughly promising career start, their debut Heading For Tomorrow having caused an international stir and netted phenomenal sales figures in February 1990, Gamma Ray embarked on a major tour only a few months after the album release.
As Heading For Tomorrow turned into a commercial success particularly in Asia, Gamma Ray were still on their European tour when they received invitations to Japan: a total of four shows in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. This offer inspired their record company to have producer Steve Payne accompany the band members and their crew to the Land of the Rising Sun to record the two shows in Tokyo for a live DVD (back then, sound and image storage media were still called VHS cassettes).

GAMMA RAY ANNOUNCE 25th ANNIVERSARY 2CD REISSUE OF THE DEBUT ALBUM "HEADING FOR TOMORROW"

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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.

2015 heading anniversary cd 300"Heading For Tomorrow" (Anniversary Edition) will be released on July 24th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

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.

Tapes Of The Past

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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!

kai hansen 2015 tapes

BEST OF THE BEST - PARTY TOUR 2015​

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bestofthebest partytour2015Gamma Ray announce upcoming tour:

BEST OF THE BEST - PARTY TOUR 2015​

Special guest: SERIOUS BLACK | DRAGONEY (11.11.-12.12) | NEONFLY (28.10.-10.11.)

DateCountryCityLocation
27.09.2015 CL Santiago Blondie
29.09.2015 AR Buenos Aires Teatro Vorterix
02.10.2015 BR Brasilia Minas Brasilia
03.10.2015 BR Belo Horizonte Music Hall
04.10.2015 BR São Paulo Carioca Club
06.10.2015 MX Mexico City Circo Volador
07.10.2015 MX Monterrey Café Iguana
10.10.2015 JP Saitama City Loud Park Festival Saitama
28.10.2015 DE Wilhelmshaven Pumpwerk
30.10.2015 DE Hamburg Markthalle
31.10.2015 DE Berlin C Club
01.11.2015 DE Bochum Zeche Bochum
03.11.2015 DE Munich Backstage
04.11.2015 CZ Prague Meet Factory Prague
06.11.2015 CZ Brno KC Semilaso
07.11.2015 SK Lucenec Sports Hall Lucenec
08.11.2015 HU Budapest Club 202
10.11.2015 AT Graz Explosiv
11.11.2015 IT Milan Mediolanum Forum
13.11.2015 ES Villava Sala Totem
14.11.2015 ES Santiago de Compostela Capitol Santiago de Compostela
15.11.2015 PT Porto Hard Club
17.11.2015 PT Lisbon Paradis Garaje
18.11.2015 ES Sevilla Custom
20.11.2015 ES Murcia Gamma
21.11.2015 ES Madrid San Miguel
22.11.2015 ES Barcelona Razzmatazz
24.11.2015 FR Lyon Ninkasi Kao
25.11.2015 CH Pratteln Z7
27.11.2015 DE Memmingen Kaminwerk
04.12.2015 DE Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
05.12.2015 FR Paris Le Trabendo
06.12.2015 BE Vosselaar Biebob
08.12.2015 GB London O2 Islington Academy
09.12.2015 NL Tilburg 013 Tilburg
11.12.2015 SE Gothenburg Musikens Hus
12.12.2015 SE Stockholm Klubben
19.12.2015 FI Vantaa Barona Areena