Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Guitar Ibanez Roland Grapow

Roland Grapow, born August 30, 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 12 years after replacing founding member Kai Hansen.

Roland played on the albums Pink Bubbles Go Ape, Chameleon, Master of the Rings, The Time of the Oath, High Live, Better Than Raw, Metal Jukebox, and 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. The side project they had been planning, Masterplan, instead became their new full-time band. Roland Grapow is a producer and main songwriter of Masterplan

Name: Roland Grapow
Birthday: August 30, 1959
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Height: 1,80 m
Weight: 85 kg
Eyes: Green
Hair: Blond
Marital Status: Married
Favourite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Greek, Muesli, Indian and Fast-Food
First Band: Rampage (1980 - 1982)
Second Band: Helloween (1988 - 2001)
Current Band: Masterplan (2001 - Present)
Wife: Silvia Grapow
Parents: Wilhelm and Ilse Grapow
Siblings: Rainer (RIP), Didi and Edchen Grapow
Dogs: Tammy and Jana
Cats: Oskar (RIP) and Felix

Musical Influences: Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Michael Schenker, Steve Lukather (TOTO), Uli
Roth, Foreigner, Journey and Kansas
Favorite Bands Today: Skunk Anansie, Dream Theater, Guano Apes and Rammstein
Favorite Musicians: Beatles, Sting and Led Zeppelin
Favorite Singers: Tony Martin, Glenn Hughes, Mark Farner and Michael Vescera
Favorite Guitarists: Richie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Uli Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen and Stevie Vaughan
Favorite Bass Players: Mel Schacher, Barry Sparks and Markus Grosskopf
Favorite Drummers: Mike Terrana, Don Brewer and Cozy Powell
Favorite Keyboard Players: Jens Johansson, Ferdy Doernberg, Don Airey and Jon Lord

Occupation That Would Like To Have If He Wasn't On Music: Car mechanic
Career Highlights: The period with Helloween, his current band and the solo projects
First Albums Bought: "Cosmos Factory" by Credence Clearwater Revival and "Live Album" by Grand Funk
Railroad, both released in 1970
Favorite Solo Songs Written: "The Winner" from the "The Four Seasons Of Life" album and all the songs
from the "Kaleidoscope" album
Favorite Helloween Songs Written: "The Chance" from the "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" album, "I Don't Wanna
Cry No More" from the "Chameleon" album, "Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)"
and "Still We Go" from the "Master Of The Rings" album, "The Time Of
The Oath" from the "The Time Of The Oath" album and the b-side
"Grapowski's Malmsuite 1001 (In D-Doll)"

Most Important Thing: "Enjoy my life and respect people and animals."
Greatest Fear: "Being very sick and feel too much pain."
People Admired: "Many, but no one in special because I can learn something about life with anyone."
Life Philosophy: "Don't waste my time and use my life to create something really big (create music or
something like that). But doesn't matter what you do, because if you do it with joy and fun
you should be proud of yourself."
Impossible Ambition: "Live forever and try to change the world to something better."
Best Day: "All days are equally important."
Animal That Would Like To Be: "A cat, because they do what they want to, have a perfect body and have
nine lives (That's what people say!)."
About The Fans: "They are wonderful. They are the most important thing to all of my bands, and if I didn't
had any, I wouldn't sell albums and the bands wouldn't exist."

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