Kai Hansens debut solo album XXX – Three Decades In Metal in August.

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The former Helloween and current Gamma Ray guitarist and vocalist teams up with Alex Dietz of Heaven Shall Burn on bass, Eike Freese on guitar and Carcass drummer Daniel Wilding on the record.

He also announced he’ll donate money from the album to the Wacken Foundation – a charity which helps young hard rock and metal bands.

Hansen says: “I am celebrating 30 years of being able to do what I like best. On XXX I am reflecting on my roots, where I come from, how it all started for me.

“I believe you need a certain drive, passion and, of course, a bit of luck and coincidence to make it in the music world – and, of course, some financial support. Hopefully, with my donation, young musicians are given the same chance that I was given a long time ago, too. And who knows, maybe we all will be playing together at Wacken in 20 years.”

Kai Hansen’s XXX project will also perform a one-off show at Wacken Open Air in Germany in August.

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