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Uli Jon Roth

Formed: 1991
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.

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Uli Jon Roth Posts "Virgin Killer" Live

One of rock n' roll's most venerated guitar gods, Uli Jon Roth, will release a very special live performance from the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan on December 16th, 2016 via UDR Music.

Entitled "Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan," the performance is a celebration of Roth's classic work with the Scorpions, and was recorded on February 20th, 2015 at the same venue as the band's classic 1978 live album "Tokyo Tapes."

Roth was a founding member of the Scorpions in 1973 before leaving to pursue a solo career in 1978 with his own Electric Sun. Check out a clip of Roth and his band performing "Virgin Killer" below. More...

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Public Sales Begin For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.

In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...

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Wacken 2015 CD/DVD Set Announced

Just in time for 2016's Wacken Open Air that will see another 75,000 metalheads having the time of their lives, UDR Music is pleased to announce the release of "Live At Wacken 2015 - 26 Years Louder Than Hell.

This double CD/DVD (or BluRay) set is hitting North American stores on August 26th. Transport yourself back to 2015's stellar lineup with over 120 bands on eight stages. The full track listing is as follows:

DVD1 / Blu-ray1:
01. JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller
02. IN FLAMES - Paralyzed
03. IN FLAMES - Everything's Gone
04. AMORPHIS - My Kantele
05. AMORPHIS - Magic And Mayhem
06. RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger
07. RUNNING WILD - Riding The Storm
08. BEYOND THE BLACK - Rage Before The Storm
09. BEYOND THE BLACK - Songs Of Love And Death
11. ARMORED SAINT - Left Hook From Right Field
12. ANNIHILATOR - Creepin' Again
13. ANNIHILATOR - Alison Hell
14. DEATH ANGEL - Voracious Soul
15. DEATH ANGEL - Buried Alive
16. EXUMER - Possessed By Fire
17. BURGERKILL - Under The Scars
18. SABATON - To Hell And Back
19. SABATON - Night Witches
20. DANKO JONES - The Twisting Knife
21. DANKO JONES - Full Of Regret
22. ULI JON ROTH - Dark Lady
23. ULI JON ROTH - Virgin Killer
24. THE POODLES - Night Of Passion
25. EUROPE - War Of Kings
26. EUROPE - The Second Day More...

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Uli Jon Roth Announces New Tour Dates

Uli Jon Roth, whose musical career spans an amazing five decades, has announced his upcoming "Ultimate Guitar Experience" tour featuring guitar contemporaries Jennifer Batten (Ex-Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson) and Andy Timmons (Andy Timmons Band).

The tour begins on February 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL - running for an impressive 36 dates - ending back in Melbourne, FL on April 8th.

The set will draw from a combination of all of Roth's albums, including the latest, "Scorpions Revisited," and "Transcendental Sky Guitar," but will also emphasize select Electric Sun songs in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the first Electric Sun album, "Earthquake." These songs have not been performed live by Uli Jon Roth in over 30 years. The man himself had this to say:

"I'm happy to say that there will be two great fellow guitarists on tour with me this time: none other than the fabulous Jennifer Batten and the very talented Andy Timmons. Together we'll be celebrating the spirit of our favorite instrument: THE ELECTRIC GUITAR! I'm really looking forward to this tour and I'm sure that between the three of us - and the audience - sparks will fly (positive ones, of course)! We will all play our own separate sets first and then play some pieces together, which should be great fun!" More...

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Wacken Open Air Live Streams Available

Metal will descend upon Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for the annual mecca of all festivals. 80,000 are expected at the long sold out event, which features - among many - the return of Savatage and Running Wild to the live stage.

Once again, select acts will be streaming live from the internet and German TV (also through the net) via ARTE concert at this location and 3sat at this location.

As usual, the schedule is subject to change, but as of press time the following acts will be broadcast (all times CET so deduct 6 hours for EST and so on):

VIA ARTE Concert:

July 30th:

17h45 - In Extremo
19h20 - Grailknights
20h10 - Mambo Kurt
21h00 - New Model Army
22h10 - Uli Jon Roth

July 31st:

15h30 - At The Gates
16h45 - Queensryche
18h00 - Opeth
19h30 - Dream Theater
21h00 - tba
22h30 - In Flames
00h00 - Running Wild
01h45 - The BossHoss

August 1st:

14h30 - Amorphis
16h00 - Danko Jones
17h30 - Rock Meets Classic
18h55 - Dream Theater
20h15 - tba
21h15 - The BossHoss
22h00 - Sabaton
23h30 - In Flames
00h15 - Cradle of Filth
01h45 - Subway to Sally More...

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Uli Jon Roth Streaming "Virgin Killer"

After streaming "In Trance," Uli Jon Roth has another track online from "Scorpions Revisited," a new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks due out on March 10 via UDR Music.

Listen in to “Virgin Killer” below, courtesy of GuitarWorld.com. You can also catch Uli Jon Roth supporting "Scorpions Revisited" on the Extreme Guitar Tour now:

12.02.2015 – Texas – Dallas – Trees
12.02.2015 – Texas – Houston –The Concert Pub North More...

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Uli Jon Roth Streaming "In Trance"

Uli Jon Roth will release "Scorpions Revisited," a double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, in physical format on March 10th via UDR Music.

You can now hear Uli's new version of "In Trance" below, thanks to a host streamed by Guitar World. You can also catch Uli Jon Roth supporting "Scorpions Revisited" on the "Extreme Guitar Tour" on these dates:

05.02.2015 – Connecticut – Hartford – Infinity Hall
06.02.2015 – New Hampshire – Londonderry – Tupelo Music Hall
07.02.2015 – New York – Poughkeepsie – The Chance
08.02.2015 – New York – Manhattan – BB King’s
09.02.2015 – Virginia – Springfield – The Empire
11.02.2015 – Missouri – Kansas City – The Scene
12.02.2015 – Texas – Dallas – Trees
12.02.2015 – Texas – Houston –The Concert Pub North More...

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Uli Jon Roth Streaming "Catch Your Train"

Uli Jon Roth will release "Scorpions Revisited," a brand new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, on January 26th (digital) / March 10th (physical) via UDR Music.

Today, LA Weekly is hosting the premiere of Roth's re-working of the Scorpions track “Catch Your Train.” Give it a listen below.

The full "Scorpions Revisited" track listing is as follows:

CD 1
1. The Sails Of Charon
2. Longing For Fire
3. Crying Days
4. Virgin Killer
5. In Trance
6. Sun In My Hand
7. Yellow Raven
8. Polar Nights
9. Dark Lady

CD 2
1. Catch Your Train
2. Evening Wind
3. All Night Long
4. We’ll Burn In The Sky
5. Pictured Life
6. Hell Cat
7. Life’s Like A River
8. Drifting Sun
9. Rainbow Dream Prelude
10. Fly To The Rainbow More...

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Xtreem Guitar Tour 2015 Announced

The Paramour Group and JAAB Productions present the Extreme Guitar Tour 2015. The XG Tour includes performances by guitar greats Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy and introduces the new band Black Knights Rising. The tour is sponsored by Dean Guitar and dDrum.

As a special treat for fans attending the show on January 31st in St. Charles, IL front man Joe Lynn Turner has been added as a special guest, known for his lead vocal performances with Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Due to popular demand, additional shows have been added to the upcoming tour and another week of dates scheduled for February 10th through February 15th. These dates will be announced next week. For those dates only, Black Knights Rising will see a bit of a lineup change with Bobby Rondinelli taking over on the drums and Tim Ripper Owens on vocals.

In addition to the tour, Uli Jon Roth has announced that he will be conducting a Sky Academy Guitar Seminar on February 1st in Chicago, IL at Reggie's Rock Club. This will be the only Sky Academy Seminar on the tour. More...

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Uli Jon Roth Comments On 40th Anniversary Tour

As the 40th Anniversary of his joining the Scorpions North American tour rolls on, Uli Jon Roth has confirmed that Dean Guitars and Ddrum CEO Elliot Rubinson will be playing bass in Uli's band for the first half of the tour.

Rubinson recently toured North America as a part of Michael Schenker's band. Elliot started on January 26th in Santa Ana, CA and will continue on the tour through February 12th in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. In addition ULI will be joined by various Dean Artists throughout the tour.

Elliot commented about being a part of ULI's band on the upcoming tour: "I have been fortunate to be able to have played with Uli everywhere from cruise ship tours to European trade shows. He is clearly one of the greatest guitarists ever with a sense of harmonies few possess. Since we grew up on the same music we share a passion for greats like Jimi Hendrix. I am very excited about being a part of the filming and recording taking place on this tour"

Uli is equally excited to be playing with Rubinson: "It is always a real pleasure to share the stage with Elliott Rubinson. Not only is he an excellent bass player, who delivers the goods at every show, but he also connects with the audience in a great way. Together we're rocking the house!" More...

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Uli Jon Roth Issues Update On Tour Dates

Uli Jon Roth has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and other activity throughout the year:

"Greetings to all of you! I hope you had a great New Year. Here is a condensed list of some of the events that are planned for the first half of this year. 2013 is going to be a very busy and intensely productive year ahead, it seems.

"We will start off with a two-day Sky Academy in Los Angeles, at the Santa Monica Playhouse on January 21st and 22nd. This is a beautiful, intimate theatre, where we held one of the previous Sky Academies which we all have fond memories of. I'm looking forward to being there again!

"The next day I will take part in Jason Becker's 'Not Dead Yet' concert in San Francisco, together with my friends Steve Morse, Richie Kotzen, Gus G, and several other great players. Jason is an inspiration to all of us and I feel honored to be part of this worth-while cause.

"Following that, I shall be attending the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California and will do a signing event for the Sky Guitar Limited Edition at the DEAN booth.

"At the end of January we are embarking on my extensive 40th Anniversary Tour of the US, which will take us all the way through February until the beginning of March. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of my involvement with the SCORPIONS. The main theme of this tour will therefore be dedicated to performing my personal favorites from the five albums which I recorded with that great band.

"I have chosen about 30 songs in all from that era as the basis of our repertoire, several of which have never even been performed live by either the Scorpions or myself. We will be rotating a selection of these songs on the tour, varying our sets on a nightly basis, because we cannot possibly play all of them in one go. More...

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Uli Jon Roth Announces North American Tour

German guitarist Uli Jon Roth will be returning to North America for a special tour commemorating his 40th anniversary of joining the Scorpions.

Uli plans on celebrating this anniversary with a one of a kind show that features an entire set of Scorpions material as well as selections from his extensive solo catalog. Every show on the tour will be recorded for a live album documenting this amazing milestone in Uli's career.

The tour is currently scheduled to kick off January 25th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through March 3rd in Los Angeles. More dates will be added in the coming days. Stay tuned to Uli's website for the most up to date schedule. Uli comments:

"Celebrating my 40th anniversary of joining the band, we will play a full set of Scorpions songs alongside my more recent material. We will feature several songs from each of the albums that I played on, including some, which have not been played live before. I'm really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!"

The following press release was also issued:

"Because of his ground-breaking, highly innovative and distinctive trademark guitar work, Uli is widely regarded as being one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

"As one of the main founding members of The Scorpions, Uli wrote much of the material for the bands - by now legendary - first five albums, which include the hugely successful live album 'Tokyo Tapes.' These early Scorpions years with Uli, Klaus and Rudolf as the nucleus, were absolutely essential in shaping what is now considered the classic Scorpions sound. More...

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Uli Jon Roth Announces Tour Dates

Neo-classical guitar virtuoso Uli Jon Roth (Electric Sun, Scorpions) has announced a series of European and American tour dates commencing January 14th. He had originally planned on doing a three-guitar hero tour with Leslie West and Michael Schenker, but plans for that fell through due to West undergoing emergency leg surgery. Uli still plans to do five dates with Leslie once he recuperates. Many of the dates also feature Uli's world-renowned guitar teaching seminar SKY ACADEMY. For more information, head over to Uli Jon Roth's official website.

14. 01 2012 Plymouth England @ World Class Music (Masterclass)
20. 01 2012 California Corona @ Marquee 15
21. 01 2012 California Hollywood @ Key Club: Namm Jamm
22. 01 2012 California Ramona @ Main Stage
(These two shows with Richie Kotzen, Tony MacAlpine & Bruce Kulick)

23. 01 2012 California Anaheim SKY ACADEMY Wall of Sound Studios
26. 01 2012 Wisconsin Milwaukee @ Shank Hall
27. 01 2012 Illinois Chicago @ Reggie's Rock Club & SKY ACADEMY
28. 01 2012 Michigan Westland @ The Token Lounge
29. 01 2012 Canada Toronto @ The Rock Pile & SKY ACADEMY

The Following five shows are with Leslie West

31. 01 2012 New York New York @ B.B. King's & SKY ACADEMY
01. 02 2012 Massachusetts Foxborough @ Showcase Live
02. 02 2012 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh @ Altar Bar
03. 02 2012 Pennsylvania Sellersville @ Sellersville Theatre & SKY ACADEMY
04. 02 2012 New Jersey Sayreville @ Starland Ballroom

09. 02 2012 Arizona Phoenix @ Club Red & SKY ACADEMY
10. 02 2012 California Redondo Beach @ The Brixton
11. 02 2012 California Oakland @ The Pound West
13. 02 2012 Oregon Portland @ Hawthorne Theatre & SKY ACADEMY
14. 02 2012 Washington Tacoma @ Backstage Live
15. 02 2012 Washington Seattle @ El Corazon & SKY ACADEMY
17. 02 2012 California Orangevale @ The Boardwalk
18. 02 2012 California Garden Grove @ The Can

29. 03 2012 France Colmar @ Le Grillen
30. 03 2012 Switzerland Basel @ Airport Casino-Metro
31. 03 2012 France Pagnez-Derriere-Barine @ Chez Paulette

02. 06 2012 France Nances @ Ampitheatre & SCORPIONS

02. 08 2012 Germany Aschaffenburg @ 3 day music school seminar & ULI More...

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Uli Jon Roth Announces California Concerts

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth, formerly of Scorpions, has scheduled the following dates in California featuring his new show:

Jan. 18 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Jan. 21 - Blues Cafe - Huntington Beach, CA

Roth will also be bringing his Sky Academy seminar to Los Angeles in January 2011.
Dates: January 20-22, 2011
Location: Santa Monica Playhouse, Santa Monica, California

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Lyraka Moves Up Release, Announces Pre-Order

The Wagnerian metal opera project, Lyraka, has announced a pre-order offer for their debut CD, entitled "Lyraka.Volume 1." The CD, which is set for release November 27th, 2010, is available for pre-order at 15% off its release date price at Lyraka.com now.

The project, which bills itself as "Wagnerian Opera Metal, Defined" features four songs performed by Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ), one by Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING), and one by Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM). Jeff Pilson (Dio, Dokken, Foreigner) and Tim Luce (Alcatrazz) have been involved in the project, as well as Andre Maquera (8084).

The composer, Andy DiGelsomina, announced "We are proud to announce that famed fantasy artist Ken Kelly (Kiss, Rainbow, Manowar) is putting the finishing touches on the cover artwork now, and it's looking KILLER."

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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Veronica Freeman Added to "Lyraka" Metal Opera

Vocal powerhouse Veronica Freeman (Benedictum), will be doing session work for the Lyraka project.

Lyraka is described as a "Wagnerian Opera Metal" project that encompasses a set of highlights CDs, as well as a 3D animated movie. Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) and Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING, SOUL DOCTOR) are also contributing vocal tracks.

Andy DiGelsomina, the composer and lead guitarist of the project, commented: "I was massively inspired by Veronica's performance on the Benedictum cds. She is not only viciously heavy when neccessary, but has a phenomenal sense of dynamics. Veronica is as gloriously heavy metal as you can get, and we are excited about working with her. "

The first volume of the CD set, "Lyraka Volume 1", is set for release in March 2011. For more information visit Lyraka.com.

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Firewind Guitarist Schedules NAMM Appearances

Firewind guitarist Gus G. will once again attend the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California and will be signing at the following dates & times:

Friday, January 15th 2010 @ 1 - 2pm
Gus G. & Alex Skolnick (Testament) @ Seymour Duncan, booth 4358 in Hall C

Saturday, January 16th 2010 @ 2pm - 3pm
ESP Guitars, booth 213D, Level 2

In other news, Gus will join Uli Jon Roth & Friends on stage on Friday night, Jan. 15th @ The Grove, Anaheim.

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Uli Jon Roth Reveal New Album Details

ULI JON ROTH (ex-SCORPIONS) is currently working on a new full-length studio album, which is to be released before the summer. The title of the album will be Under A Dark Sky. This is going to be the first official release in the long-awaited series of Symphonic Legends, which is a cycle of music written by Uli for his all-encompassing SKY OF AVALON project.

The new album is featuring a cast of rock singers as well as Uli's band, a classical choir and Sky Orchestra. The main lead singers are Mark Boals (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Liz Vandall. Further vocalists and guests are still to be announced.

Uli Jon Roth will take his band on a world tour next year, starting in May. This is going to include Japan, Asia, North-and South America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and India. There are also going to be appearances at several of the big
open air Festivals during the summer, including Wacken Festival, Sweden Rock Festival and Rock of Ages Festival.

Additionally, several Sky Academy Seminars are going to be held in various countries. These are going to be announced on the Sky Academy website.

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