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Former Scorpions' guitarist turns back the clock to the 70s
It's the tour with a sting in its tail! Former Scorpions guitarist, Uli Jon Roth , is visiting the UK as part of his Tokyo Tapes Revisited World Tour. He plays the Robin 2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, on December 11, 2017.
Uli, who celebrates his 63rd birthday on December 18, recorded five albums with the Scorpions. Fly To The Rainbow (1974), In Trance (1975), Virgin Killer (1976) and Taken by Force (1977) were studio recordings, while Uli's farewell album with the band was the live Tokyo Tapes, recorded at the Sun Plaza Hall in 1978.
Tokyo Tapes features such Scorpions' classics as All Night Long, We'll Burn The Sky, Fly To The Rainbow and In Trance. These have all been included on the European leg of Uli's 2017 tour.
After the Scorpions, Uli formed the three-piece Electric Sun, who released two albums, Earthquake and Fire Wind, then an expanded line-up released Beyond The Astral Skies. The band lasted seven years, playing their last concert at the Milwaukee Beer Fest, on July 4, 1985.
Uli devoted his time to developing the Sky Guitar he had designed. It had an extended fingerboard which meant much higher top notes could be played. Inspired by classical music, and using the Sky Guitar, Uli composed some epic pieces of music, including concertos and symphonies.
After a 13 year absence from touring, in 1998 Uli joined Joe Satriani and Michael Schenker for European dates of the G3 tour. In 2005, Uli played a reunion concert with the Scorpions in Colmar, France. It was the first time they had appeared on stage together since the days of Tokyo Tapes. The show was followed by several other gigs in England, Germany and Greece. In 2006 the Scorpions, featuring featuring Uli, Michael Schenker and drummer Herrman Rarebell, performed at German Heavy Metal festival, the Wacken Open Air, in front of more than 80 000 people.
In 2013 Uli recorded Scorpions Revisited, a double album consisting of his favourite early Scorpions songs. Several Scorpions Revisited tours followed.
This year, Uli has been touring the world with his Tokyo Tapes Revisited set. He's also recording a new album and has just announced a 2018 G3 tour with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci and a north American tour on which he'll be playing Electric Sun material alongside Tokyo Tapes highlights.
Uli Jon Roth 2017 UK tour dates:
Dec 8: Assembly, Aberdeen; Dec 9: Church, Dundee; Dec 10: The Ferry, Glasgow; Dec 11: Robin 2, Bilston; Dec 12: O2 Academy Islington, London;
Dec 13: Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent;
Dec 15: Snooty Fox, Wakefield;
Dec 16: Whittles, Oldham;
Dec 17: O2 Academy, Sheffield;
Dec 18: Fibbers, York;
Dec 19: O2 Academy, Newcastle;
Dec 20: Bannerman's, Edinburgh;
Dec 21: Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool.