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Helloween/Gamma Ray

Date: 09/21/08
Venue: BB King Blues Club, NYC
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

On September 21st, German power metal heroes Helloween and Gamma Ray made a stop on the “Hellish Rock Tour” at B.B. King’s in NYC and played to a packed house. This tour has been on the road for about a year now and is surely a special treat for not only fans of the genre but really anyone who appreciates heavy metal music. Especially the classics.

Gamma Ray are out supporting their latest release “Land of the Free Pt.2” and played the following setlist:

Into the Storm, Heaven Can Wait, No World Order, Fight, Empress, Valley of the Kings, Rebellion in Dreamland, Heavy Metal Universe, Ride the Sky, Somewhere Out in Space, Send Me a Sign.

Gamma Ray will be releasing their long awaited concert DVD "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume) Live in Montreal", on October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the U.S. via SPV. The set will feature a multi-camera recording of the band's May 6, 2006 show at Medley in Montreal, Quebec, several "road movies," promotional clips, and footage from the group's January 2008 concert in Barcelona, Spain.

Helloween are also out supporting a new album, entitled “Gambling With The Devil”, and as a special bonus for fans throughout this tour every night have brought out Helloween’s original guitarist Kai Hansen with tonight fellow Gamma Ray mate bassist Dirk, to join them for encores “I Want Out” and “Future World”. Fan reaction was understandably beyond ecstatic as the photo pit progressively became more and more littered with sweat drenched crowd surfers.

Helloween setlist: Crack The Riddle (intro), Halloween, Sole Survivor, March of Time, As Long As I Fall, A Tale That Wasn't Right, Drum Solo, Mr. Torture, Eagle Fly Free, If I Could Fly, Paint A New World, Dr. Stein, Medley: (I Can/Where The Rain Grows/Perfect Gentleman/Power/Keeper of the Seven Keys), Encore: Future World and I Want Out (joined by Kai Hansen and Dirk from Gamma Ray.



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