Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and member of German metal band Helloween. He is a prominent figure in power metal and has sold millions of albums worldwide. He is regarded as "the godfather of power metal", having founded three seminal bands in the genre. In 2011, he joined the band Unisonic featuring former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske. Hansen and Kiske reunited with Helloween in 2017 for a world tour with all current members, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of release of the albums Keeper of the Seven Keys Parts I and II.
|Birth name:||Kai Michael Hansen|
|Born:||January 17, 1963, Hamburg, West Germany|
|Genres:||Heavy metal, power metal, speed metal|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments:||Guitar, vocals, piano|
|Associated acts:||Gamma Ray, Unisonic, Helloween, Iron Savior, Avantasia, Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Angra, Stormwarrior|
|Website:||Kai Hansen's Official site|
About Kai Hansen
The Godfather of Power Metal who founded three influential metal bands: Gamma Ray, Helloween, and Unisonic.
He started out playing in a band called Gentry, alongside another influential metal musician, Pat Siek.
He was also in Iron Savior.
He grew up in West Germany, in the shadow of the Cold War. He married Gabi Hansen in 1994 and the couple had two children before divorcing in 2006.
He plays a customized guitar modeled on the one Randy Rhoads played.
Information related to Kai Hansen
- Helloween members
- German heavy metal guitarists
- German heavy metal singers
- Musicians from Hamburg
- German male singers