Uli Jon Roth Announces 50th Anniversary November/December 2018.

Laurence Harvey

With so many decades in rock’s front line and with history with The Scorpions, this guitar master has amassed a following eager to hear his performances. I was asked once to describe Roth’s playing style. Whilst it’s his own, if you like Randy California of Spirit and English axemaster Steve Hillage for their singing, legato guitar work then you do need to hear Uli Jon Roth and his celestial melodies…

Fresh off his G3 European and UK tour with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci, former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players ever. He is one of the last greats who is still around to present his magical style of playing which he already forged in the late Sixties when he was still in his teens. Uli played his first ever show in December 1968 – at the age of 13 – and to celebrate his upcoming 50th Stage Anniversary, he will play 6 very special UK concerts.

The UK tour starts at the Corporation in Sheffield, United Kingdom on Thursday 29th November 2018 and will then stop at London, Coventry, Manchester, Glasgow before concluding on Wednesday 5th December 2018 at The Stables in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

A full list of dates, venues and ticket links can be found below.

The two hour-plus programme will consist of carefully selected highlights from Uli’s entire musical career, which – by now – is spanning no less than 5 decades! The amazing thing is that Uli Jon Roth keeps on getting better, as we have seen amply demonstrated by his astonishing and powerful recent appearances at the G3 Tour of Europe and the UK with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci.

In recent times, Uli has successfully revisited the early music of his celebrated Scorpions days which resulted in the superb “Scorpions Revisited” double CD and “Tokyo Tapes Revisited” DVD/Blu-Ray releases. The 50th Anniversary set will naturally include the best of that timeless material, including The Sails of Charon, In Trance, Fly to the Rainbow and many other songs.

As a logical continuation of Uli’s journey into his own musical past he will also be reconnecting with the second very important part of his unique musical journey – that of his ground breaking Electric Sun period – during which he took the art of electric guitar playing to a completely new and unprecedented level. In those early days, Uli was already forging the path and laying the ground work for later virtuosos such as Malmsteen, Eddie van Halen, Vai, Satriani, Jason Becker and a generation of younger players who came after him, with his novel use of highly melodic, classically inspired arpeggios and scales.

Virtually singlehandedly, Uli pioneered a unique style of guitar playing which – for the first time in the history of the electric guitar – combined complete technical mastery of the instrument with an intensely melodic and emotional appeal.

It has been more than 30 years since Uli performed the music of Electric Sun in the UK in an unforgettable series of shows which included Hammersmith Odeon, Manchester Apollo and Newcastle City Hall. After all these years, Uli has now taken a fresh look at this unique material, drawn from the altogether three Electric Sun albums: Earthquake, Fire Wind and Beyond the Astral Skies.

Uli is reconnecting with his Electric Sun music after all this time and will bring that music to life in the here and now. Electric Sun and Uli fans alike will be delighted to finally hear these songs played live again by the master himself. Don’t miss this chance to witness an important part of rock history!

Uli Jon Roth will hit the UK stages with a superb band consisting of younger, extremely talented and accomplished younger musicians, each, a virtuoso in their own right. Together they are a powerful band – capable of playing anything – as we have clearly witnessed on the recent G3 Tour. Niklas Turmann, will be sing lead vocal, in combination with Simon Foster. The other young talent is guitarist David Klosinski, and together with Uli, those three are performing rare and very exhilarating triple harmony leads, thus doing complete justice to the sometimes-intricate guitar arrangements from Uli’s albums. It speaks volumes for their musical prowess that on the recent G3 tour, both David and Niklas were asked by Joe Satriani to contribute a solo each during the highlight of the G3 evening – the final Jam session. A rare honour indeed.

Uli’s voice is his legendary Sky Guitar which is his own invention, and which surpasses all current guitars on the market in terms of range and versatility. It is this instrument which allows him to play with a nigh-on six-octave range. Due to their ingenious design, Sky Guitars are the only guitars which make it possible to play Vivaldi’s celebrated violin concerto “The Four Seasons” at concert pitch, but with the sound of an electric guitar. Uli has recently founded his own personal company designed to produce these guitars exclusively – UJR SKY-GUITARS – and he will play a range of his new guitars during these shows.

Uli has launched the official UJR SKY-GUITARS website, featuring a range of new Sky Guitars built for discerning guitarists and collectors. The guitars come in three ranges – Pegasus, Aquila and Unicorn Sky Guitars. Visit www.sky-guitars.com to see the latest models.

Pete Sargeant

(Live Photos credited to Laurence Harvey)

Tickets are on sale now from seetickets.comstables.org and ulijonroth.com or from the venues direct.

For more information visit his official website here: http://bit.ly/2uEfhvP

The November/December 2018 UK Tour will stop at the following venues:

Thursday 29th November 2018 – Corporation, Sheffield, United Kingdom http://bit.ly/2we2zqm

Friday 30th November 2018 – ULU (University Of London), London, United Kingdom http://bit.ly/2HYBmtL

Saturday 1st December 2018  – Kasbah, Coventry, United Kingdom http://bit.ly/2vPt5oY

Sunday 2nd December 2018 – Academy 3, Manchester Academy, Manchester, United Kingdom http://bit.ly/2h2alet

Monday 3rd December 2018 – Òran Mór, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom http://bit.ly/1PNNnib

Wednesday 5th December 2018 – The Stables, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom http://bit.ly/2jdrFPa