ROLAND GRAPOW BIOGRAPHY
Roland Grapow, born August 30th, 1959 in Hamburg, Germany is a professional guitarist. Roland is most well known for his time in the power metal band Helloween, who he played with for for 12 years after replacing founding member Kai Hansen.ROLAND GRAPOW GENRES
Roland played on several Hellowen albums - from Pink Bubbles Go Ape to The Dark Ride.
During his time with Helloween Roland also formed a solo project. The first release, The Four Seasons of Life, featured members of Helloween playing backup, with Roland trying his hand at singing in addition to guitar playing. On the second album, Kaleidoscope, current and former members of Yngwie Malmsteen's band were utilised.
In 2001, Roland and bandmate Uli Kusch were fired from Helloween due to musical and personal differences with guitarist Michael Weikath. The side project they had been planning, Masterplan, instead became their new full-time band.
ROLAND GRAPOW LYRICAL THEMES
Life, Memories, Emotions
ROLAND GRAPOW ORIGIN
Germany (Hamburg), formed in 1997
ROLAND GRAPOW CURRENT RECORD LABEL
ROLAND GRAPOW STATUS
ROLAND GRAPOW CURRENT LINE-UP
Roland Grapow - Guitars, Vocals (ex-Helloween, Masterplan, Rampage)
Michael Vescera - Vocals (ex-Killing Machine, The Reign of Terror, Obsession (US), Palace of Black, Safe Haven, ex-MVP, ex-Loudness, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Dr. Sin)
Barry Sparks - Bass (Cosmosquad, ex-MVP, Dokken, ex-Miloš Dodo Doležal, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Guy Mann-Dude, M.S.G.)
Mike Terrana - Drums (Savage Circus, Artension, Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Rage (Ger), ex-Squealer (Ger), Victor Smolski, Empire (Ger), ex-Metalium (Ger), ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Kiko Loureiro, ex-John West, ex-Gamma Ray, Masterplan, Hanover Fist, Not Fragile)
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards (Eden's Curse, Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Desperados, ex-Rick Renstrom, Rough Silk, Shock Machine, Taraxacum)
ROLAND GRAPOW PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Markus Großkopf - Bass (Shock Machine, Helloween)
Uli Kusch - Drums (ex-Masterplan, Shock Machine, Sinner (Ger), ex-Helloween, ex-Gamma Ray, ex-Holy Moses, Mekong Delta, Beautiful Sin, Axe La Chapelle, Ride The Sky)
Axel Rudi Pell - Guitars (ex-Tom Angelripper, ex-X-Mas Project, Steeler (Ger))
Ralf Scheepers - Vocals (ex-Gamma Ray, Tyran' Pace, Primal Fear)
Jens Becker - Bass (Grave Digger, ex-Running Wild, ex-Crossroads, X-Wild, Zillion)