Hansen & Friends

Thank You Wacken

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23rd June 2017
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Kai Hansen is one the most important and influential musicians in all of metal, and especially when we talk about power metal. Helloween was of course the catapult that kicked off a new genre. Later on in Gamma Ray, Kai stayed true to his roots, delivering one fabulous power metal album after another. Last year he released his first solo album, looking back at 30 years in metal.

Early August 2016 he drove up the A23 from Hamburg to Wacken to perform with his solo band and performed a set consisting of the best from his solo album, along with five classic Helloween songs. The result can now be heard and seen on Thank You Wacken.

Kai is a one of a kind musicians, with his quirky humor and sarcasm, which has always been an important part of his lyrics and in his small speeches on stage. It’s no different this time, and it’s all done with a big smile on his face.

It’s great fun to see and hear Kai and his solo band perform these power metal classics. The crowd loves every minute of the five quarters of music, and when Michael Kiske joins them on stage, the show reaches its climax.

Great show indeed!

Available on CD+DVD, 2 LP and Blu-Ray+CD.


1. Born Free (4:30)
2. Ride the Sky (7:38)
3. Contract Song (6:39)
4. Victim of Fate (7:07)
5. Enemies of Fun (10:19)
6. Fire and Ice (7:58)
7. Burning Bridges (4:35)
8. Follow the Sun (5:08)
9. I Want Out (5:48)
10. Future World (5:21)
11. All Or Nothing (5:55)
12. Save Us (5:30)

Playing Time: 76:38

Kai Hansen - Vocals & guitars
Eike Freese - Guitars
Alex Dietz - Bass
Michael Ehre - Drums
Corvin Bahn - Keyboards
Clémentine Delauney - Vocals
Frank Beck - Vocals
Michael Kiske - Vocals

Kenn Jensen
About Kenn Jensen 434 Articles
When I kicked this site off back in 2003, I had no idea that it would turn into what it has become. I am very proud of what we've done and achieved over the years. Musically I have a soft spot for 80s inspired hard rock, but my favourite music and bands are all to be found in the progressive universe these days.

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