ULI JON ROTH - MUSIC BIOGRAPHY IN PICTURES
Here is a collection of photographs of some of the most memorable events of Uli's long and colourful career.
Many of these have previously been unpublished and all are presented in chronological order.
Far from complete, though, we are planning to augment this story book with further pictures.
If you have any other live photos from one of Uli's many concerts - particularly rare and early ones -
we would greatly appreciate it, if you could send them to us via the contact button.
If it fits the concept, we will publish them here with a name credit.
ULI at 14, in 1969 playing a Fender Telecaster, which was borrowed, because his Framus guitar was being repaired.
The performance took place in Uli's high school, the Gymnasium Großburgwedel on 1. November 1969
BLUES COMPANY HANNOVER - Uli at 15, playing Ten Years After songs with his then main guitar, built by Framus.
(Armin Engelke on vocals). Langenhagen, Real-Schule, Feb. 6, 1970
ULI at 15, improvising - Gymnasium Großburgwedel - 12. December 1970
JIMI'S BLUES EXCHANGE (Temporary band name, which later translated into just Blues Exchange).
Uli had the nick name "Jimi" at that time at school.) Michael Kullick on drums. Gymnasium Langenhagen, 6. May 1971
Uli's 2nd show with his new sunburst Stratocaster guitar.
His then friend and "manager", Friedrich (Bantel) Budde watching from the left.
Open air in Hannover, Auf der Bult, 5. June 1971.
1972 - DAWN ROAD rehearsal at Langenhagen Realschule, "Aula".
This is the same hall, which was later used by Scorpions for rehearsals and where the SCORPIONS REVISTED album was recorded in 2013.
DAWN ROAD in concert at Altwarmbüchen church.
Uli & Jürgen Rosenthal, Francis Buchholz - 16. December 1972
DAWN ROAD - JÜRGEN ROSENTHAL, ULRICH ROTH, FRANCIS BUCHHOLZ, ACHIM KIRSCHNING, Altwarmbüchen, April 1973
This is a photo from the last DAWN ROAD show ever at the Technical University of Hannover just prior to the new Scorpions.
A free concert, the students gathered for a 2nd show, where Dawn Road played on the balcony towards the outside - 7 July 1973.
Close-up from the same show, showing what was to become Uli's main amp on the far left - a Marshall 100W Super Lead tremolo -
Later nicknamed "the Beast" for its enormous power, which it combines with a clean, but singing tone.
Uli played this amp on virtually every single album from Fly To The Rainbow in 1974 onwards,
up to and including Scorpions Revisited in 2013. Occasionally "The Beast" will still grace the stage.
The Marshall Superlead was designed by Ken Bran for Jimi Hendrix in the late Sixties and is still Uli's favourite Marshall amp.
Today Uli tends to play Blackstar Artisan Amps, which are more reliable for touring and which are somewhat modeled on the Plexis.
Behind Uli can be seen one of two Vox AC30 amps, which were his favourites before the arrival of the Marshall Plexi Amp.
1st TV show of the new SCORPIONS, (This is my Song)
Lindau, Alpenländer Festival, 19. August 1973
Photo session near Hannover, Summer 1973, featuring the combined Dawn Road/Scorpions line-up with keyboard player Achim Kirschning.
...and one more, from the same photo session
SCORPIONS playing at an open-air garden party in Hamburg for the magazine Spontan.
The police received several complaints from the neighbours... 17. August 1974
...somewhere in 1974 - Rudolf Schenker & Uli with his Gibson Firebird guitar
SCORPIONS daytime show at College St Laurent, Liège, Belgium - just before recording the second album, In Trance, 14. May 1975
Uli playing the intro to They need a Million at College St Barthelemy, Liège, Belgium, 26. November 1975
2nd SCORPIONS show at the legendary MARQUEE in London, 29. March 1976.
David Gilmour, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore and Monika Dannemann were in the audience.
Supporting KISS on their 1st German tour, Düsseldorf, Phillipshalle, May 19, 1976.
(photo courtesy of Jürgen Engler)
Open Air Festival with Bob Marley, Alvin Lee, Procol Harum, Eric Burdon. Offenburg, Germany, 6. June 1976
SCORPIONS in Paris, 1977, in front of the Eiffel Tower
SCORPIONS arrival in Japan, Haneda Airport, April 1978
Uli, onstage in Japan 1978 - classic Tokyo Tapes shot.
SCORPIONS in JAPAN, TOKYO TAPES - April 1978
2nd ever ELECTRIC SUN show - BRAIN FESTIVALS
ESSEN, GRUGAHALLE, 26. May 1979
"Jailhouse Rock" - ELECTRIC SUN played two shows in a notorious German prison, "Klingelpütz" in Cologne. The first show was for the male, the second for the female inmates. The show was recorded and broadcast live by Radio Luxemburg. SIDHATTA GAUTAMA, ULI, ULE W RITGEN - 3 October 1979
First ever JIMI HENDRIX FESTIVAL - 18. September 1980
ELECTRIC SUN, MITCH MITCHELL, NOEL REDDING
MOONLIGHT FESTIVAL, MULHOUSE, FRANCE, 18. 9. 1982
(Last 3-piece concert of Electric Sun)
The newly resurrected ELECTRIC SUN as a 7-piece on tour in Sweden.
Clive Bunker, Jenni Evans, Dorothy Patterson, Ule Ritgen, Simon Fox and Dave Lennox.
(Historic Performances DVD line-up) Torestorp, Hortnjas, Sweden, 14. May 1983
ELECTRIC SUN UK TOUR 1983
Hammersmith Odeon 23. 5. 1983
(Historic Performances DVD)
ELECTRIC SUN - BEYOND THE ASTRAL SKIES TOUR, Paris, Eldorado, 18. March 1985
ELECTRIC SUN - BEYOND THE ASTRAL SKIES TOUR, Munich, Alabama Halle, 2. April 1985
ELECTRIC SUN - BEYOND THE ASTRAL SKIES TOUR, Germany, 1985
HENDRIX CONCERT & SUCH A NOISE & RUDY LENNERS
Brussels, Les Halles des Scharbeek, 21. Sptember 1990
THE JIMI HENDRIX CONCERT & JACK BRUCE, JOHN WETTON, SIMON PHILLIPS,
RANDY HANSEN, ZENO ROTH, MICHAEL FLEXIG, PETER BURSCH, JULE NEIGEL
Cologne, Germany, 25. April 1991 - Rock Palast TV
JIMI HENDRIX CONCERT in ITALY with RANDY HANSEN & ULI
Ravenna, Palazzo dell Arte, 6. September 1992
"SYMPHONIC ROCK FOR EUROPE" - ULI JON ROTH & BRUSSELS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
TOMMY HEART, MICHAEL FLEXIG, PETER GOALBY, JOHN PARR, DON AIREY, BERNARD DEKAISE
Liège, Forum, Belgium - 23. April 1993 - Rock Palast TV
ULI with LEONORA GOLD & DON AIREY (Bernstein, Puccini)
Private Garden Party at Earl's Farm, Mark Cross, England
19. August 1995
JOSÉ CARRERAS GALA - ULI & KLAUS MEINE & PRAGUE PHILHARMONICS
"BRIDGE TO HEAVEN" premiere.
Leipzig, Germany - 17. Dec 1995 - German TV (ZDF)
JOSÉ CARRERAS GALA - Backstage with some of the other artists
ULI, UDO JÜRGENS, KIM WILDE, KLAUS MEINE, HANNELORE ELSNER
G3 TOUR & JOE SATRIANI & MICHAEL SCHENKER
Torino, Italy - MONSTERS OF ROCK FESTIVAL, 13. June 1998
TRANSCENDENTAL SKY GUITAR - METAMORPHOSIS CONCERT
Detmold, Germany - 15. Oct 2000
Return To Japan Tour 2001 - UJR & KYOJI YAMAMOTO, BARRY SPARKS, DON AIREY,
STEPHEN BENTLEY-KLEIN, TOMMY HEART, CLIVE BUNKER
Tokyo, Kosei Nenkin, 19. May 2001
LEGENDS OF ROCK & JACK BRUCE, MICHAEL SCHENKER, UFO
Castle Donington, England - 23. June 2001
LEGENDS OF ROCK TOUR OF THE UK - ULI & FRANK MARINO
METAMORPHSIS OF THE FOUR SEASONS - ULI JON ROTH & SKY ORCHESTRA
London, The Bedford, 17. September 2003
ULI at HOUSE OF BLUES, CHICAGO, 10. Sept. 2004
"ROCK MEETS RENAISSANCE" & VICTOR SMOLSKI, LIZ VANDALL & DORO PESCH - SKY ORCHESTRA
SCHLOSS BECK, Bottrop, Germany, 9. October 2004
1st RE-UNION SHOW & SCORPIONS SINCE TOKYO TAPES
Colmar, France, Parc Expo, 10. Sept. 2005
Uli guesting & DEEP PURPLE in Berlin, Max Schmeling Halle, 6. Feb. 2006.
Uli plays the Steve Morse signature guitar on "Black Night"
SKY ACADEMY CONCERTS 2006 - ULI & ROBBY KRIEGER
Los Angeles Ralph Freud Theater, UCLA, May 2006
(Performing a Doors set together)
"A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" (DVD) - SCORPIONS & ULI
WACKEN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL - 3. August 2006
SMASHING PUMPKINS HEAD-LINING ROCK-AM-RING - extended jam with Uli on "GOSSAMER"
German TV - Rock am Ring Festival, Germany, 2. June 2007
SKY ACADEMY CONCERTS 2007 ULI & PAUL GILBERT & MIGHTY WING
Los Angeles, Musician's Institute Hollywood, 25. Aug. 2007
Jam Session with TONY MAC ALPINE, ALEX SKOLNIK, GILBY CLARKE
New Zealand, 1st G-Taranaki Festival, 19. July 2008
"UNDER A DARK SKY" TOUR - ULI & daughter AKASHA)
Raismes Fest, France, 14. Sept 2008
"UNDER A DARK SKY" TOUR - & MARTY FRIEDMAN, MARK BOALS,
LIZ VANDALL, Tokyo, Sun Plaza Hall, Nov. 12, 2008
Touring ITALY with RICHIE KOTZEN - L'Aquila, Teatro Communale, 3. Dec 2008
(This beautiful theater was completely destroyed by a terrible earthquake
only 3 months after this picture was taken.)
"DEAN JAM" - during the NAMM 2010 show at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California.
Uli jammed with Carmine Appice, Paul Gilbert, Don Dokken, Warren de Martini, Michael Amott, Gus G and Doug Aldrich.
SKY ACADEMY NEW ZEALAND - ULI with TONY MAC ALPINE, TONY LEVIN, VINNIE MOORE
New Plymouth, TSB Showplace, 2nd G-TARANAKI FESTIVAL
ULI jamming with TONY FRANKLIN & SLASH - 2nd G-TARANAKI FESTIVAL
NEW ZEALAND - New Plymouth, Puke Ariki Museum, 14. August 2010
Uli guesting with Kassel Orchestra on "Rock Requiem"
Stadthalle Kassel, 27. August 2010
ULI with CHUCK BILLY & ELLIOTT RUBINSON - on deck at 70 000 TONS OF METAL
CARIBBEAN CRUISE 27. January 2011
With PAT MC MANUS in Mulhouse, France, 2. April 2011
UJR performing a great set at Europe's biggest festival - the Belgrade Beer Fest
in front of at least 150 000 people. What a night! 20. August, 2011, Belgrade, Serbia
Left to right: Niklas Turmann, Corvin Bahn, Hedi (promoter), Ule W Ritgen,
Piero Leporale, Michael Ehré and Uli
Chihuahua, Mexico, Parque del Palomar - very memorable event
UJR co-headlining with Michael Schenker, 2. October 2011
LESLIE WEST as ULI'S guest at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey,
4. February 2012 (House of the Rising Sun)
ULI at the SUNFLOWER SUPER JAM & BRUCE DICKINSON, BRIAN MAY,
ALFIE BOE, ALICE COOPER, MARK KING, JOHN PAUL JONES, IAN PAICE, SANDI THOM.
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 16. Sept 2012
With RACHEL BARTON-PINE, Kenosha, Wisconsin, Brat Stop, 15. 2. 2013 (The Sails of Charon)
With SMASHING PUMPKINS, surprise appearance by Uli at the GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL.
(Guesting on "America") and the day after at Manchester O2 Academy 30. June 2013
("Immigrant Song" & "All along the Watchtower")
"SMOKE ON THE WATER" - ULI & DEEP PURPLE - WACKEN OPEN AIR, 1. 8. 2013 (DVD)
DORO with ULI at WACKEN OPEN AIR - 2. August 2013 ("Für Immer")
Guitar Night with RON THAL (BUMBLEFOOT) & JENNIFER BATTEN
Cascina, The Jungle, Italy, 4. August 2013
ULI with ANGRA & TARJA TURUNEN (Sails of Charon & Wuthering Heights)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, HSBC ARENA, 25. August 2013
JIMI HENDRIX SHOW & STEVE VAI & STEVE MORSE
Guitare-en-Scene Festival, France, 20. July 2014
EXTREME GUITAR TOUR OF USA 2015 - ULI & KOFI BAKER
BB KING'S, NEW YORK, 8. February 2015
"TOKYO TAPES REVISITED" Uli playing dual harmony lead & DAVID KLOSINSKI
SUN PLAZA HALL, TOKYO, 20 February 2015
SKY ACADEMY TOKYO 2015
Duo Music Exchange, 24. February 2015
THANKS JIMI FESTIVAL & NIGEL KENNEDY, LESKEK CICHONSKI
Wroclaw, Poland, 1. May 2015
Uli with THOMAS BLUG and VICTOR SMOLSKI in Bocholt, Germany
Guitar Nights - 23. May 2015
CONCERT FOR JACK BRUCE & MARK KING, GINGER BAKER, PHIL MANZANERA, IAN ANDERSON
Roundhouse, London, 24 October 2015 ("Badge" & "I Feel Free")
"THE ULTIMATE GUITAR EXPERIENCE" - North American Tour 2016
ANDY TIMMONS, JENNIFER BATTEN and ULI
Arcada Theater, St Charles, Illinois, 26 March 2016