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.
We will, of course, also play some ELECTRIC SUN and SKY OF AVALON music, but the main theme of the performance will be dedicated to the early SCORPIONS era.
Every show will be recorded for a live album, which will feature only songs from my time with the SCORPIONS. This will result in a double CD, which will be mixed in 5.1 surround. The release will also contain a DVD and a documentary, including personal behind-the-scenes Super-8 footage, which I shot to document our tours from 1973-1978.
As far as live albums go, I am intending to record 2 further ones in the following years:
One will be featuring my favorite ELECTRIC SUN material -and the next one will consist of SKY OF AVALON/ TRANSCENDENTAL SKY GUITAR music.
In order to do full justice to my selection of SCORPIONS songs we are bringing a large band with an exciting line-up. Due to the length of the tour, not all members were free to do the whole tour.
Therefore some of the positions will be filled by two musicians – each of them playing part of the tour.
The 40th Anniversary US-Tour line-up will be:
Uli Jon Roth, guitars, vocals
Henning Basse – lead vocals
Ali Clinton – guitars, vocals
Niklas Turmann – guitars, lead vocals
Ule W. Ritgen, Elliott Rubinson – bass
Jamie Little, Peter Holmes – drums
Paul Rahme, Corvin Bahn – keyboards, vocals
In addition to the concerts there are 14 introductory SKY ACADEMY SEMINARS to be held during the course of the tour! These are usually taking place at the venues of the shows, on the same days and prior to the concerts. Pre-booking is essential, though. The seminars are not only geared for musicians. Anyone who loves music can attend. Sky Academy is about much more than just guitar playing, but players are also very welcome to bring their guitars and practice amps. The teaching should be useful to players of all levels.
March, April and May will be dedicated to studio work and some shows in England.
I also have been invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in London by Alfie Boe as a guest for his concerts in April. Aside from this, we are going to collaborate on a new release of “Bridge to Heaven” intended for the Sunflower Jam Cancer Charity.
In June we will play six concerts in South America, co-headlining with Michael Schenker. The dates will be posted very soon.
We are planning further European and UK dates for the second half of 2013 and a tour of Japan
I am also looking forward to my continued involvement in the Robert Johnson Award in Hamburg, Germany, which is a great platform for genuine young guitar talents. As a special appreciation of his talent, I have chosen one of last years’ participants, the 14-year old Merlin Lauert, to share the stage with us at our Wacken 2013 show.
And last, but not least: I have written an entire album’s worth of new material, which I am very excited about. As soon as time permits we will begin to record it.
Once again, many thanks to all of you and God bless!
Have a great 2013!
Uli Jon Roth
Live and Sky Academy Seminars
1/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse *Sky Academy Only*
1/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse *Sky Academy Only*
1/23: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *Jason Becker Event
1/25: Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go-Go
1/26: Santa Ana, CA @ Malone’s
1/27: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick *SA
1/29: Denver, CO @ Jammin’ Joe’s
1/31: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall * SA
2/1: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge *SA
2/2: Cleveland, OH @ Pirate’s Cove at Peabody’s
2/3: Old Bridge, NJ @ Old Bridge Music Center *Sky Academy Only*
2/5: Chantilly, VA @ Sully’s
2/6: New York, NY @ Stage 48 *SA
2/7: White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock *SA
2/8: Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/9: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile *SA
2/10: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile
2/12: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey *SA
2/13: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater *SA
2/15: Kenosha, WI @ Hatrix
2/16: Savage, MN @ Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill *SA
2/17: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club *SA
2/21: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
2/22: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
2/23: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
2/24: Santa Rosa, CA @ The Last Day Saloon
2/26: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *SA
2/27: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *SA
3/1: Concord, CA @ Vinnies
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German guitar legend 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 http://www.ulijonroth.com for the most up to date schedule.
ULI is looking forward to presenting this historical show to his North American fans:
“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!”
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.
ULI is regarded as a significant influence by many notable guitar players, including, but not limited to Slash, Eddie Van Halen Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen. Having collaborated and shared the stage with the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Deep Purple, Brian May, Jack Bruce, UFO, and many others, ULI continues to inspire and pave the way for musicians and fans alike.
After his departure from THE SCORPIONS, ULI JON ROTH embarked on a successful career as a solo artist, producing highly influential albums with his band Electric Sun, as well as performing classical concertos with orchestras.
ULI also invented his own instrument the legendary 6-octave Sky Guitar, which is currently on the market as a limited Edition signature model.
In addition to his 40th Anniversary shows, ULI will also be offering his world renowned Sky Academy Seminars while he is on the road in North America. These introductory seminars are not just aimed at guitarists, but fans and even non-musicians may well find plenty to gain from Uli’s unique way of talking about some of the deeper mysteries of music. For some people Sky Academy has even been a life-changing experience, because ULI‘s teaching can open up completely new ways of experiencing music.
The aim of Sky Academy is to provide knowledge and inspiration to those who take guitar playing seriously and to help them reach a new plateau. The seminars are designed to open musicians’ eyes to new possibilities and to trigger an awakening of the student’s full potential and talent. Special emphasis is given to inspirational concepts rather than just technical means. Sky Academy is designed to teach particularly those things which are not normally touched upon in music teaching, but which provide a true gateway to mastery.
Tickets for the introductory seminars are available through the individual venues and can also be purchased at http://www.sky-academy-registration.com/.
Uli Jon Roth Live
2 Day Sky Academy Seminar
1/21/13: Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse
1/22/13: Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse
1/25/13: Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey (w/ Warren DeMartini)
1/26/13: Santa, CA @ Malone’s
1/27/13: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick*
1/31/13: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
2/1/13: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
2/6/13: New York, NY @ Stage 48*
2/7/13: White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
2/8/13: Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/9/13: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile*
2/10/13: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile
2/12/13: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
2/13/13: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
2/16/13: Savage, MN @ Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill
2/17/13: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club*
2/23/13: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
2/26/13: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/27/13: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
*Denotes shows with Sky Academy Seminars*
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