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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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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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Blaze Announce New Members

Posted on the official Blaze website www.planetblaze.com:

As you will all be aware 3 gigs were cancelled this month due to band line up changes, we are now in a position to update you with those changes.

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that both John Slater and Steve Wray are unable to do the tour dates for the rest of the year. As a result, they have both decided not to continue as full time members of the Blaze band.

Blaze Bayley, all at Black Machine and the BMC would like to thank John and Steve for 4+ years of Blood (the real stuff), sweat (gallons of it) and, yes, even a few tears along the way. We wish them well in the future.

Both Dave Knight and Wayne Banks are unable to do the rest of the tour dates this year due to other projects.

On a lighter note, these are the gigs that are confirmed so far between now and the end of the year:

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Special Guests Confirmed For Uli Jon Roth Concert

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions) and his Sky Orchestra will be joined by several very special guests during their performance at the Renaissance castle Schloss Beck in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany on October 9. Performing several pieces with Sky Orchestra will be Doro Pesch, Victor Smolski (RAGE) and Liz Vandall. The program will last for approximately three hours (with intermission) and will include a complete rendition of "Metamorphosis of Vivaldi's IV Seasons" as well as many pieces from all stages of Uli's musical journey. The multimedia event, dubbed "Rock Meets Renaissance," is going to be filmed, and part of the footage will be included on a DVD based on the music of the "Metamorphosis" album.

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New Uli Jon Roth Album And Tour Dates

Guitar legend Uli Jon Roth is finally returning to the States after an absence of 19 years. News of the tour was already spreading like wildfire among the many admirers of one of the last great and original guitar heroes before the tour was even announced.

Best known for his ground-breaking work with the German hard rock band Scorpions, of which he was an original founding member, the enigmatic multi-talent is at long last embarking on a US tour, which will continue through September.

The long-awaited tour will start in Los Angeles at the House of Blues on August 26th and ends in Mexico, where Roth is head-lining shows with special guests. In the States U.J.R. is sharing the bill with the Michael Schenker Group.

Roth has often been hailed as a true genius on the guitar, always stoutly defying the conventions of the music industry and forging his own way. It is virtually impossible to categorize his output which is wide ranging from classic rock to full scale symphonic works with orchestras.

Since his time with the Scorpions and his own group Electric Sun, U.J.R. has persistently developed his unique playing style which earned him the reputation of being one of the most influential and greatest guitarists of our time. Always one to push the envelope on the guitar as well as in his symphonic compositions, Uli is seen by many as a musical trend setter who is well ahead of his time. He has been an inspiration to artists world-wide, influencing generations of younger players as well as his peers.

His show will include material from all periods of his career including a new and amazing version of his Scorpions song "The Sails of Charon," which Roth has just recorded with a symphony orchestra. The song features Liz Vandall on vocals. Furthermore Uli¹s set will feature parts of his latest release ­ the critically-acclaimed "Metamorphosis of the Seasons," as well as material from each of his Electric Sun albums.

The format of Uli¹s set is innovative. He will be playing his legendary seven-string Sky Guitar, an instrument he designed himself, which enables him to play a full six-octave range. He will also perform in front of a cinemascope screen with just two other musicians on stage. The screen will show spectacular footage directed by the man himself, which often features the members of his own classical Sky Orchestra as well as other musicians with whom Roth interacts live. The result is a perfectly sounding trip through Space and Time.

Roth has recently toured this format in Europe with great success and is very much looking forward to touring in the US again.

The Following are confirmed dates on Uli Jon Roth U.S. Tour: More...

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