Uli Jon Roth
From: Düsseldorf, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
Uli Jon Roth is known as one of the founders of neoclassical music, and is the creator of the Sky Guitar. He began his career in the 1970's as lead guitarist for the Scorpions, but left the band when his changing musical style clashed with the emerging hard rock sound of the popular 80's band.
Roth formed his own band, Electric Sun, in the 1980's and released three albums between 1979 and 1985. After commissioning the now infamous Sky Guitar, which features custom and additional frets, Roth opened Sky Academy, and went to work on solo projects. These have included symphonies, concertos, and the Symphonic Legends series.
He also does oil painting and has written books of poetry, inspirational treatises, and music history.