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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 on Thursday 29th November, followed by University of
London Union (Friday 30th November), Coventry’s Kasbah (Saturday 1 December), Manchester’s Academy
3 (Sunday 2 December), Glasgow’s Oran Mor (Monday 3 December) and Milton Keynes’ The Stables
(Wednesday 5 December). Tickets are on sale Tuesday 17th July from www.seetickets.com and
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.
Thanks to Uli’s innovative and ground-breaking guitar playing and interesting compositions, Electric Sun
became artistically influential and presented a unique blend, which was sometimes likened to a strange
mixture, located somewhere between Beethoven and Hendrix. Back then, Electric Sun had many fans in the
UK and on both sides of the Atlantic, but Uli decided to move on, and the year 1985 saw the end of Electric
Sun as a band concept.
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!
As a guitar player and artist, Uli Jon Roth is in a league of his own as legions of guitar players will attest. Joe
Satriani has recently stated in one of his interviews that – of all the guitarists who ever played in the G3 –
Uli impressed him the most. Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker and other top-league players agree.
Uli’s playing and onstage presence is always inspirational and each concert is a unique event, because of his
ability to make his instrument soar and sing emotionally and his spur of the moment improvisations. His
musical scope is enormous and ranges from vintage Jimi Hendrix and Cream to the technically much more
demanding world of classical music, yet somehow Uli manages to create exciting bridges between these
seemingly musical opposite languages. Uli has written classical concertos and symphonic pieces and is
equally at home in both worlds, which makes him a unique phenomenon and very rare breed among guitar
The 50th Anniversary Concerts are going to reflect that, as Uli will play excerpts from his stunning
Metamorphosis of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concerto as well as several pieces which feature him on classical,
acoustic and flamenco guitar.
No Uli concert would be complete without some of his interpretations of the guitarist who inspired him the
most in his early days – Jimi Hendrix. Because of Uli’s deep understanding and inborn affinity with the artistry
of the trail blazing musical genius from Seattle, many see Uli as the perhaps most qualified on-stage persona
to imbue Jimi’s original music with the right kind of vibe and true spirit. And to hear Uli step into Jimi’s artistic
footsteps live is always an eerie and unforgettable experience.
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 sixoctave
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.
TICKETS: www.seetickets.com
and www.ulijonroth.com/tourdates
Corporation, Sheffield
Thursday 29 November
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2 Milton St, Sheffield S1 4JU
ULU, London
Friday 30 November
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Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Kasbah, Coventry
Saturday 1 December
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Primrose Hill St, Coventry CV1 5LY
Academy 3, Manchester
Sunday 2 December
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Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR
Òran Mór, Glasgow
Monday 3 December
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Top of Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8QX

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