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Uli Jon Roth

Though he doesn't get nearly as much credit as Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth helped lay the groundwork for neo-classical metal with his lead guitar work for German hard rock icons the Scorpions during the '70s. Roth's playing owed an obvious debt to Jimi Hendrix, but the elegance of his lead lines, the fluidity of his phrasing, and his use of alternate scales learned from classical training all helped push his oeuvre into another realm entirely. Upon leaving the Scorpions in 1978, Roth embarked on an erratic solo career that found him exploring his psychedelic and neo-classical influences to a degree that would have been impossible with his former band.

Uli Jon Roth was born Ulrich Roth in Dusseldorf, Germany, on December 18, 1954. He began playing guitar at age 13 and was performing just two years later. In the early '70s, he joined a band called Dawn Road, which also featured vocalist Klaus Meine. Members of the temporarily in-limbo Scorpions (their guitarist Michael Schenker had just left to join UFO) became interested in Dawn Road's original material, which was largely composed by Roth, and a new Scorpions lineup was formed in 1973 with Roth on lead guitar. 1974's Fly to the Rainbow was their first recording together, but they really hit their stride on the follow-ups, 1975's In Trance and 1976's Virgin Killer, which made them international stars and drew particular acclaim for Roth's soloing abilities. However, musical tensions were evident on 1977's Taken By Force; Roth's epic ambitions began to clash with the straight-up hard rock sensibility of the rest of the band. After a tumultuous world tour, Roth left the group in 1978, following the release of the live double album Tokyo Tapes.

Out on his own, Roth formed a backing band called Electric Sun, which -- in keeping with the classic power-trio format -- featured him on lead vocals as well as guitar. Electric Sun made its debut with the Earthquake album in 1979, which was musically somewhat similar to his work with the Scorpions, albeit with more Hendrix influence, generally longer songs, and a slightly hippie-ish vibe. Those tendencies were explored in more detail on the 1981 follow-up, Fire Wind. For the next Electric Sun project, Roth took a left turn into symphonic neo-classical rock, greatly expanding his compositional palette while introducing his new invention, the six-octave Sky Guitar. The result, Beyond the Astral Skies, was released in 1984 and would prove to be the last Roth recording for quite some time; he elected to take a break from recording in order to work in an ambitious new direction.

Much of Roth's writing from the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s was in a classical style, leaving rock & roll behind altogether. For example, the 1991 piece Aquila Suite (later issued as part of the three-disc From Here to Eternity package) was a set of 12 etudes composed for solo piano, in the style of the Romantic era. Also in 1991, Roth was tapped by German television to direct the tribute special "A Different Side of Jimi Hendrix," which also featured bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Simon Phillips, among many others. In 1993, Roth returned to German television with the "Symphonic Rock for Europe" special, in which he performed his first rock symphony "Europa Ex Favilla" (plus several other pieces) backed by the Brussels Symphony Orchestra. Some of those compositions later turned up on Sky of Avalon: Prologue to the Symphonic Legends, Roth's 1996 return to recording, which featured his new backing band Sky of Avalon. Prologue was the first of a projected four related symphonic recordings spotlighting the sky guitar. In 1998, Roth played his first straight-ahead rock concerts in quite some time, joining the European leg of the G3 guitar-virtuoso package tour with Michael Schenker and Joe Satriani. In 2000, Roth released Transcendental Sky Guitar, a two-CD set of recent live and studio material (including selections from a special 1999 concert in Vienna) that was split into classical and rock-oriented halves. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Metamorphosis

1. Prelude To The Seasons

2. Venga La Primavera

3. April Rain

4. The Triumph Of Spring

5. Tales Of The Summer Wind

6. Thunder In July

7. The Tempest - Tuona E Fulmina

8. Cheiron And Selenos

9. Teardrops In October

10. Artemis

11. Ice, Wind & Fire

12. Sleighbells At Yasnaya

13. War Of The Winds

14. Thunder Cadenza

15. Cry Of The Night

16. Summer's Breath

17. Rodeo From Hell

18. Les Adieux

19. Springtime Euphoria

20. The Heart Of Chopin

21. Dance Of The Water Spirits

22. Transfiguration

23. Venga La Vita

24. The Morning Of Forever

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Track List: Sky Of Avalon

1. Bridge To Heaven

2. Thunder Bay

3. Pegasus

4. Starships Of Dawn

5. Winds Of War

6. Sky Valley

7. The Wings Of Avalon

8. Until The End Of Time

10. E Lucevan Le Stelle

11. Starlight

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sunshinecrea t i o n z
Saw this guy in New Plymouth, New Zealand a few years back along with Joe Satriani and a who lot of other well known guitar players. He was by far the stand out by a mile.
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Uli plays it neo
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rmahoney
He kicked the Whisky in the A**!
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Seeing him next month at the Whiskey A-Go-Go
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dbuck7
The Sails of Charon...... . . . . . . M y number one all time Air Guitar Jam!........ . . . . . . . . . G o Uli!
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Heard Fly To The Rainbow back in 75 blew my mind and huge fan since. Had picture taken with him at the NAMM show in 2009. I'm, a drummer but love guitarists.
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The only players I would put in league with jimi....uli and satch
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edstrasser
Met Uli at Winter NAMM 2012, he asked me Do you play guitar? I said You betcha! He offers guitar classes - what other rock star does this?

A true Maestro in every sense of the word!
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He is my favorite
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Took a class with Uli last week. haven't put the guitar down since
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Love it. Makes me appreciate the fine arts a little more.
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yipeee
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never heard of him either, sounds great though
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The sails of sharon and polar nights are two of my favorite's by Roth.
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where is electric sun?
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zptone
For those interested in more Roth material check out Scorpions "Tokyo Tapes". A great guitar classic.
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glibitz
great stuff... too bad for me, i never heard of him till now...
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Uli is no doubt one of the best guitarist alive, his voice is somewhat suspect, but his playing is as fierce as it comes, flat out stunning
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the master......

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