This is a awesome project by German heavy metal drummer Ulrich Kusch:
Ulrich Kusch (born 11 March 1967) is a heavy metal drummer and songwriter. He is best known for playing with Helloween, Gamma Ray, Masterplan and Holy Moses, among others. He is also known for his technical style of playing, fast-paced speed metal-like rhythm, and capable songwriting abilities.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, he used to be a studio musician and played for many bands, such as Holy Moses, Mekong Delta among others. In 1990, after first drummer of Gamma Ray Mathias Burchardt quit the band, Kai Hansen recruited Uli to perform for his band. In 1991, this lineup released their second full-length studio album, labeled Sigh No More and went on a world tour.
However, Uli quit Gamma Ray in 1992. He Joined Axe La Chapelle 1993 and played the drums for the album “Grab What You Can” before he joined Helloween, with whom he released Master of the Rings in 1994 and The Time of the Oath in 1996. That same year Helloween released the 2-CD live album High Live, providing a decent demonstration of Uli’s skills for performing live. That time Uli himself formed and produced with Gamma Ray guitarist Henjo Richter the Rainbow tribute band Catch the Rainbow and soon other musicians joined them. Their album A Tribute to Rainbow, with eleven covers of Rainbow songs, was released in 1999. It featured other members of Helloween and Gamma Ray as well as other bands. He also played in Markus Grosskopf’s side-project Shockmachine for their only album in 1998. Helloween recorded Better Than Raw the same year, followed by the band’s album of covers Metal Jukebox in 1999.
Uli stayed with Helloween up to 2000’s The Dark Ride, developing into a key songwriter for the band. Kusch also played on Sinner’s 2000 album The End of Sanctuary. In 2001, Uli and fellow bandmember Roland Grapow were fired from Helloween, following an e-mail from Michael Weikath. The two went on to form Masterplan, something they had originally been planning as a side project.
With Masterplan Kusch recorded two studio albums, one self-titled in 2003 and Aeronautics in 2005. That same year, Uli formed a new band called Beautiful Sin with help from Masterplan bandmate Axel Mackenrott and members of Pagan’s Mind. Uli departed from Masterplan in October 2006 for personal and musical differences. He said at the time that Beautiful Sin became his new main priority.
Uli also co-founded a new progressive power metal project called Ride the Sky, which released its debut album New Protection under Nuclear Blast Records on 24 August 2007, but the band broke up in April 2008 due to poor media attention and minor support from the record company. He has also rejoined the progressive thrash metal outfit Mekong Delta and recorded the album Lurking Fear with the band.
In late 2010, Uli joined Symfonia, a power metal supergroup formed together by André Matos, Timo Tolkki, Jari Kainulainen and Mikko Härkin. They made their debut performance at Finnish Metal Expo 2011. The band entered the studio in November 2010 to begin recording their debut album, In Paradisum and was released on 25 March 2011.
During the preparations for the upcoming tour, Uli suffered from nerve damage in his left hand which led the band to hire Alex Landenburg as his replacement for the debut performance at Finnish Metal Expo, as well as some other dates. Latest news is that Uli has officially left the band to continue recovering from his nerve damage which made it impossible for him to play drums for a year. Since 2013 Uli is teaching drums at the “Kulturskole Trysil /Norway” and playing as a freelancer. (wikipedia)
And here´s is his excellent “Catch The Rainbow” album:
It’s hard to believe, though easy to comprehend, that a musician could be so dedicated to one of his favourite bands, that he would put together a project for the sole purpose of recording a tribute album dedicated to that band. But that is exactly what Uli Kusch, former Helloween and Gamma Ray drummer, and current Masterplan drummer, did way back in 1999.
Along with some mates, and some special guests, here is a tribute album that is truly worth listening to and owning.
It covers all three eras of Rainbow (before the shortlived comeback in 1995), of Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner. It has a selection of their greatest tracks, and each one of them is superbly done. Sure – I may have done some different songs, but I can’t complain about the ones they chose, and they way they covered them. You can feel the love and respect in each track.
My faves are “Kill The King” (with Ralf Scheepers), “Stargazer”, “Spotlight Kid” and “Eyes Of The World” (which Uli himself sings).
Rating : This is yet another example of how to do a Tribute album RIGHT! (by almanack)
Drawbridge down and entering the darken Stratocaster castle, Euro rockers, headed by Uli Kusch of Helloween, combined forces to honor the misunderstood guitarist in black, Ritchie Blackmore, and his post-Deep Purple group, the regal rockin’ Rainbow. The ambitious tribute album, Catch the Rainbow… is an eleven song effort that features one killer cover after another from the mighty Rainbow catalog.
Despite constant line-up changes throughout the years, Rainbow’s music remained consistently great as Blackmore surrounded himself with prolific personnel, which included the likes of Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell and Graham Bonnett. The musicians that contributed to the Catch the Rainbow… project are a talented group as well. Featuring Helloween members Andi Deris, Jorn Ellerbrock, Roland Grapow, Markus Grosskopt, Michael Weikath, as well as Kusch, plus Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear/Gamma Ray), Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray), Henne Basse (Brainstorm), and others, this recording takes hold and never relents. Somewhere from the English countryside, Blackmore nods with approval.
The disc kicks in with a raging version of “Kill the King”, followed by “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves”, “Stargazer”, “Lost in Hollywood”, “Catch the Rainbow”, “I Surrender”, “Spotlight Kid”, “Man on the Silver Mountain”, “Rainbow Eyes”, “Eyes of the World” and “Still I’m Sad”. It’s inspired collection of cuts were laid down with conviction and confidence.
We must be over the rainbow…
KNOCK IT BACK! (by JonFox)
Henne Basse (vocals on 01., 02., 03., 04, 06., 07., 08., 10.)
Jens Becker (bass on 01,)
Guido Bungenstock (guitar on 02., 04., 05., 06., 07., 08., 10. + 11,)
Andi Deris (vocals on 05.)
Ferdy Doernberg (organ on 02. 03., 05., 10.)
Jørn Ellerbrøck (keyboards on 06.)
Markus Glossner (keyboards on 06., 07.)
Roland Grapow (guitar on 03.)
Markus Großkopf (bass on 08.)
Frank Hellmuth (bass on 03.. 04., 05., 11. keyboard programming on 04,)
Uli Kusch (drums, background vocals on 06., bass on 07.)
Axel Mattenrock (organ on 08. + 11.)
Henjo Richter (guitar on 01)
Ralf Scheepers (vocals on 11,)
Michael Weikath (guirtar on 11.)
Uwe Wessel (bass on 02,)
01. Kill The King (Blackmore/Dio/Powell) 4.40
02. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves (Traditional/Blackmore) 4.34
03. Stargazer (Blackmore/Dio) 7.14.
04. Lost In Hollywood (Blackmore/Glover) 4.57
05. Catch The Rainbow (Blackmore/Dio) 5.36
06. I Surrender (Ballard) 4.23
07. Spotlight Kid (Blackmore/Glover) 4.54
08. Man On The Silver Mountain (Blackmore/Dio) 3.55
09. Rainbow Eyes (Blackmore/Dio) 7.04
10. Eyes Of The World (Blackmore/Glover) 6.50
11. Still I’m Sad (Samwell-Smith/McCarty) 6.48