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Kai Hansen
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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, 2005
Background information
Birth name Kai Michael Hansen
Born 17 January 1963 (1963-01-17) (age 58)
Hamburg, West Germany
Genres Heavy metal, power metal, speed metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, piano
Years active 1978–present
Labels SPV
Associated acts Gamma Ray, Unisonic,
Helloween, Iron Savior,
Avantasia, Blind Guardian,
HammerFall, Angra,

Kai Michael Hansen (born 17 January 1963) is a German heavy metal guitarist and vocalist.

Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also one of the co-founders of German metal band Helloween, which he rejoined in 2016. 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 two 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.

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