< January 5, 2013 >
Message from Uli
for the first half of this year.
2013 is going to be a very
busy and intensely productive year ahead, it seems.
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.
from my time with the SCORPIONS.
on the same days and prior to the
concerts. Pre-booking is essential, though.
For further information and enrolment
< January 1, 2013 >
MESSAGE FROM ULI
It is very much up to us which choices we make.
us a grim reminder and a painful wake-up call of a different kind.
violence, but they are operating like a constant
Largely ignored by the
media and by the general public,
all our systems are favouring the rise of a
own eyes and hearts and start looking for answers.
Only love, self-sacrifice
and the spirit of forgiveness can do that.
Notions like these have
floating around for some time and while they may appear practical,
of the inner light which
shines in all things.
Most of the overwhelming problems in this world find their origin
in a general lack of awareness, lack of knowledge and,
of course, also a fair amount of lethargy or downright defeatism.
What we need is to change our attitudes from being passive -
which is comfortable and seemingly safe –
to being active! More aiming at giving – less at aiming at receiving...
Giving of ourselves for that which we believe in. Bearing positive fruit.
Each according to his or her own abilities.
Let us not just sit around, moping and feeling sorry for ourselves:
instead, let’s try and make a POSITIVE and constructive contribution
towards this community, this world of ours!
We need to move towards one another, communicate
and help foster that which deserves fostering.
We need to nurture the delicate and precious plants in that Garden of Peace,
which we should be in charge of, but which we have sadly,
wrongly chosen to neglect. Those plants are in urgent need of water
and we have to cross the scorching, barren desert sands of our own wastelands
barefoot in order to get to them before they wither away and perish.
But, unjust as it may seem in the face of adversity,
we need to always do things in a peaceful way.
That can be the hardest thing, because it involves self-sacrifice.
Arguments and strife hardly ever lead to anything constructive.
Fire cannot be fought with fire. It just increases the conflagration.
We can only do all of this, if we begin with ourselves.
The only real answers to the world's problems are still to be found in the same place
where they have always been - in our own hearts and souls -
in the quality and strength of our attitude,
in our faith in that which is good and that which is eternal.
The best way to be is to banish darkness from our hearts,
to move towards the light and to embrace that which is good.
Let’s embrace the New Year 2013 in the spirit of positive thought,
the essence of Love and the essence of Light
and try to make this world a better place!
On a personal level, I want to thank all my friends, family and fans for being
such an important part of my life and for all your help and support!
May our friendship and love for another continue forever!
God bless all of us!
Your friend and fellow traveller
Uli Jon Roth
< July 23, 2012 >
< December 31, 2011 >
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF
Uli and his Band of Sky in
some music by JIMI HENDRIX.
a very special guest of honor
especially since these will be the first on-stage appearances
by Leslie following his
operation, which ultimately resulted in
for DEAN GUITARS, who have
the limited signature model edition
with TONY MAC ALPINE, RITCHIE KOTZEN & BRUCE KULICK.
and is an all day inclusive
on the same days and prior to
All players are invited to bring an instrument –
Sky Academy is not for guitar-players only!
of the participants may perform in front of Uli
Dear Friends of the Three Guitar Heroes Tour!
It is with great regret that we have to announce a postponement
of our joint US tour which was scheduled for October. Unfortunately Leslie West's
recuperation progress after his surgery has been slightly slower than we all had hoped for.
According to his doctors he is not yet quite ready to take on a majour tour like this
at the preset time. It is estimated he should be ready to go on the road in the new year.
The plan now is to postpone this tour until the beginning of next year, 2012.
Leslie should be fine by then!
The Schenker/ Roth concert in Mexico will be unaffected by this
and is scheduled to go ahead as planned.
We are very sorry about this turn of events - it is nobody's fault,
but just one of theose things that happen in life.
We are looking forward very much to playing the US tour in the
beginning of 2012! We are also intending to go to Europe,
Japan and South-America in the Spring.
Let's keep our fingers crossed...
Best wishes and heartfelt thanks to all of you
who are supporting this venture!
We hope to see you soon!
Uli Jon Roth
"3 GUITAR HEROES" TO TOUR USA !
< August 25, 2011 >
Uli Jon Roth &
his Band of Sky have just performed a phenomenal
< September 12, 2010 >
European TV-channel ARTE will broadcast a portrait of JIMI HENDRIX
The programme includes excerpts from an in-depth
interview with Uli Jon Roth.
NEW ZEALAND which was hosted by the
several hundred young students from eight different high schools
Notable guest speakers were Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore,
Michael Ehré, Uli Jon Roth, Tony MacAlpine and Elliott Dean
< July 31st 2010 >
< Dec. 31st 2009 >
The long-awaited first official
Uli Jon Roth signature
There will be two different models on display,
a six-string and a seven-string version.
Uli’s specifications by the custom shop of Dean Guitars USA.
Sky Guitars were the first electric guitars with a truly
extended upper range and lots of extra frets.
and the development phase went through 5 proto-types,
the culmination of which was “Mighty Wing” –
his legendary seven-string guitar, which features
an un-precedented six octave range.
From the beginning, Sky Guitars embodied the very spirit
of cutting-edge innovation. These new models will honor
this tradition and will incorporate several new features.
guitar manufacturers who offered to build Sky Guitars
and guitarists from all over the world are constantly
asking where they might buy them.
had copies built for themselves, because of the unique and
appealing design and the features.
copies resulted in poor imitations, which didn’t stand a chance
to live up to the extremely high standard of the handful of originals,
which had been hand crafted by the brilliant British master
luthier Andreas Demetriou back in the Eighties.
To celebrate the release
Uli will play the new Sky Guitars for the first time in public
at a special performance at the Anaheim Grove Theater
< July 21, 2009 >
SKY ACADEMY is finally coming to GERMANY !
Uli Jon Roth is hosting a LEGENDS OF ROCK Concert
The official 2009 SKY ACADEMY CONCERT
< 12. APRIL 2009 >
The fourth full length Los Angeles - SKY ACADEMY SEMINAR
has been announced to be held at the Santa Ana - Galaxy Theatre
between June 17-21st in Orange County, California.
The official Sky Academy concert will take place on June 18th.
Two further one-day introductory seminars with a concert has been
scheduled for June 16th in Tempe, Arizona and
June 25th in San Diego, CA - at the Brick by Brick.
A third concert is scheduled for Redondo Beach on June 20th.
OFFICIAL SKY ACADEMY WEBSITE:
< 31. DECEMBER 2008 >
ULI JON ROTH & SKY OF AVALON
would like to wish you all a great and inspirational
HAPPY NEW YEAR !
A big 'Thank You' also to all those who came to our
"Under A Dark Sky" concerts and gave us such a warm reception
in so many different cities and countries. We also want to thank those
who attended the various Sky Academy Seminars, and we hope to see
you again in 2009 !
At Nakano Sun Plaza Hall - Tokyo - Nov.12. 2008
< 16. AUGUST 2008 >
ULI's new studio album UNDER A DARK SKY
will be released in Japan on August 20th (Marquee records).
The European and USA releases will follow a month later on SPV.
To promote the release of the album
ULI JON ROTH & SKY OF AVALON will play a tour of Japan
in November, which includes two nights at SUN PLAZA HALL,
the very venue, which SCORPIONS played 30 years ago, resulting
in the recording of their TOKYO TAPES album.
To celebrate this anniversary, Uli will play several Scorpions
songs from that period during his set. Each of the two concerts
will feature a distinctly different program, consisting of
music from all periods of Uli's musical journey.
< 21. JULY 2008 >
ULI JON ROTH will appear as special guest with
AVANTASIA at WACKEN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL on August 1st.
Uli will also appear at a signing session earlier on that day.
< 29. MAY 2008 >
1ST NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL
G-TARanaki - is hosting SKY ACADEMY SEMINARS at three
separate locations, leading up to their festival concerts.
The academy is going to be being held from July 15-17 at
Waitara High School, Inglewood High School
and Opunake High School.
This is followed by an out-door concert at TSB Stadium,
featuring Uli's new 7-piece band SKY OF AVALON
for the first time.
< 11. MARCH 2008 >
German/French TV channel ARTE has recorded
a program featuring Billy Corgan & Uli Jon Roth
for its long-standing, critically acclaimed TV series
"Durch Die Nacht" - Au Coeur de la Nuit
Two camera teams followed Billy and Uli for an entire evening
through various locations in the city of Hamburg, recording
a series of free-ranging conversations, as well as jam sessions.
The 55 minute long program will be broadcast on May 1st
and can be received all over Europe via satellite.
< 21. DECEMBER 2007 >
Uli Jon Roth is currently working on a new full-length
< 20. AUGUST 2007 >
It has just been confirmed that PAUL GILBERT
SKY ACADEMY CONCERTS 2007
JOHNNY HILAND - CHRIS POLAND - ROY Z
One of the world's leading Cello players and classical conductors,
SKY ACADEMY 2007 will take place on August 22nd- 26th in
and will also feature joint appearances with notable guest teachers.
Musician’s Institute and will culminate in two
SKY ACADEMY CONCERTS
Continuing the same exiting format, which gave us last year’s very successful
Each of the two
Each show will be at least three hours long and is going to include an intermission.
Last year’s series of concerts was enthusiastically received by both - audiences
Please, don't miss this chance to be there!
ULI JON ROTH will appear as special guest of
on a couple of songs.
ULI JON ROTH is going to appear as special guest of his former band
The band will also head-line the SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL in June and
a festival in Athens, Greece, later that month with U.J.R. on stage.
< 28. MARCH 2007 >
ULI is taking part in a series of impromptu jam sessions at the
< 13. FEBRUARY 2007 >
ULI has been invited to talk about the album covers
further info :
< 29. DECEMBER 2006 >
ULI JON ROTH will present a revolutionary new invention at the
When asked to endorse the new invention, Uli immediately agreed
"Because I don’t use a locking system on my guitars for reasons of sound,
< 27. NOVEMBER 2006 >
Swedish band THERION have invited ULI JON ROTH
as special guest of honour.
The "ARS MUSICAE - ARS MEDICINAE - MUSIC AGAINST CANCER PROJECT"
is sponsored by the AQUARIUS FOUNDATION of ROMANIA.
Uli's long-time record company
Uli's long-time record company, SPV is going to release a
"BEST OF ULI JON ROTH"
< 23. AUGUST 2006 >
New concert dates have just been added to the up-coming
These are going to be Uli's first full-length concert appearances
This is to all the participants of the 2006
First of all I just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to all my students
who showed so much dedication and who all contributed to the whole
not only through just being there, but also by fully applying
themselves in mind and spirit. I really, really enjoyed this week
tremendously and am already looking forward to the next seminar.
Many thanks also to all those who were instrumental in getting this thing
off the ground against the odds, foremost to my friend Jeff Agins,
Olaf Senkbeil, Francis Buchholz, Michael Ehre, Ferdy Dörnberg, John Boswell,
Many thanks also to the kind staff of the University Campus
particularly to Jeff Wachtel, who were extremely helpful, professional and supportive
during our 5-day stay in the hall on UCLA campus, the Ralph Freud Theater.
The “icing on the cake” for me was getting to jam with all the great guest musicians
on stage during the three concerts. I want to thank all of them for donating
their precious time in participating and making this a week of inspiration for us.
Many special thanks, of course, also to all of you who went to see and hear
We intend to hold another seminar next year in the same location
CHRIS IMPELLITTERI - CHRIS POLAND - ROY Z
The ULI JON ROTH - SKY BAND
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR - 2006 is about to begin.
Don't miss this chance to see Uli and his band in concert !!!
Each show is going to be at least 2 hours long, sometimes even longer.
Each show is going to be different and unique since Uli plays songs from
a large repertoire spanning his entire career. The set lists will differ from night
to night and there will be plenty of musical surprises.
At the end of most shows there is going to be an informal "Meet & Greet".
The shows on the East Coast will include "THE LIZARDS" as special guests.
The tour culminates in a series of three SKY ACADEMY CONCERTS, at the
RALPH FREUD THEATER (UCLA - MacGowan Hall) - LOS ANGELES.
Each of these shows will feature an exiting and inspiring choice of very special guest artists,
who will share the stage together with Uli as ULI JON ROTH & FRIENDS.
Each of the three Sky Academy concerts is going to feature a different set list, furthermore
each show will be at least three hours long and is going to include an intermission.
Please, don't miss this chance to be there!
U L I J O N R O T H & S K Y - B A N D
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
S P R I N G - 2 0 0 6
U L I J O N R O T H & F R I E N D S
S K Y A C A D E M Y C O N C E R T S
For further Info and Tickets please click here
SKY ACADEMY CONCERTS - ULI JON ROTH & FRIENDS:
< 17. APRIL 2006 >
The album "GILLAN'S INN", which is featuring
IAN GILLAN & FRIENDS has now been officially released.
ULI JON ROTH has contributed guitar leads for two of the songs.
< 6. APRIL 2006 >
The official cut-off date for student applications to the
L.A. Sky Academy Seminar is May 5th, 2006.
After that date we will be unable to consider any
further applicants. The gates are closing fast;
we have almost reached full capacity, and we advise
all potential students to make their reservations
sooner rather than later, if they want to be part of
this unique event. If you leave it too late,
you simply may not be able to get in.
There is also no possibility for walk-ups to the
Sky Academy Seminar including the Master Classes.
Tickets for the concerts, however, will be available at the venue
unless they are sold out. Please note that there is a reserved
seating policy in place at the Ralph Freud Theater.
The sooner you get advance tickets the better
< 14. MARCH 2006 >
Tickets for the LOS ANGELES
SKY ACADEMY - CONCERT SERIES
U L I J O N R O T H & F R I E N D S
on May 24th, 26th, 27th - 2006
at the Los Angeles University UCLA
Ralph Freud Theater
are now officially on sale at
PLEASE NOTE that there are going to be
RESERVED SEATS ONLY available.
BOOK EARLY TO GET THE BEST SEATS !!!
The Sky Academy Seminar will be attended by several
Guests of Honor, who will also participate in the concerts.
Among the very special guests confirmed so far are:
CHRIS IMPELLITTERI - CHRIS POLAND - ROY Z
< 18. JANUARY 2006 >
The first ever
SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL
is going to take place in
ULI JON ROTH will personally lead the guitar and music seminar,
Tickets for the concerts will go on sale soon,
< 30. OCTOBER 2005 >
Uli Jon Roth's European record company SPV is releasing
and have been digitally re-mastered by Uli himself.
The first one is BEYOND THE ASTRAL SKIES,
which came out in 1985 and was the last-ever album
of Uli's then-band ELECTRIC SUN.
THE NIGHT THE MASTER COMES - which has never
been commercially available until now.
The second re-release is
PROLOGOUE TO THE SYMPHONIC LEGENDS
of Uli's SKY OF AVALON project, which was first
album featuring ULI JON ROTH & SKY ORCHESTRA.
Both albums are available now.
The line-up of Uli's band for the up-coming
songs from the FLY TO THE RAINBOW album.
Uli, Francis and Juergen - who all had been members
as Uli intends to play material from all phases of his
career, including many early SCORPIONS and
ELECTRIC SUN songs. Quite a few of these have
actually never been performed live so far. Since there are
so many songs to choose from the program may vary
substantially from night to night.
< 10. SEPTEMBER 2005 >
Tonight SCORPIONS and ULI JON ROTH
The Parc Expo amphitheatre was virtually sold out with
For the last two songs he was joined by his old Scorpions buddy,
RUDY LENNERS, and they performed “Catch Your Train”
and "Polar Nights” together. Uli dedicated the first of these
joined them half-way through to play the four songs together.
and there were smiles all round when Klaus said,
“Please give a big welcome to the legendary Uli Jon Roth!”
harmony, and the two guitarreros sounded great together while
The band then continued their set and Uli came out for the encores
again to play “He’s A Woman – She’s A Man”. RUDY LENNERS
also participated on that song playing along with JAMES KOTTAK.
Previous to the show Klaus, Rudolf and Uli had a joint interview with
one of the French Rock Magazines and gave television interviews.
There was a major glitch before the show regarding Uli’s MIGHTY WING Sky guitar.
Both Uli and Scorpions were very happy about the event, which came about
Pictures and possibly video clips of the event will follow later.
For some immediate pix here are some links:
< 21. AUGUST 2005 >
Here is the line-up of Uli's band for the
ULI JON ROTH - GUITAR
SCORPIONS ex-drummer RUDY LENNERS
< 12. AUGUST 2005 >
The first ULI JON ROTH NEWSLETTER has now gone out.
< 9. AUGUST 2005 >
The ULI JON ROTH VIDEO ARCHIVE has now been added to this site
< 6. JULY 2005 >
The American Tour and SKY ACADEMY have been put back
The tour in November will include Germany, France,
< 6. JUNE 2005 >
ULI JON ROTH will be featured in a guest performance
< 21. MARCH 2005 >
Latest News Update: Uli has been focusing mainly on his work in the studio
Further developments: ULI JON ROTH will play
An official SKY ACADEMY WEBSITE containing all the relevant
< 14. JANUARY 2005 >
ULI JON ROTH is currently featured in the 25th anniversary
< 1. JANUARY 2005 >
Uli has written an extensive
NEW YEAR's MESSAGE for you in the Forum.
< 31. DECEMBER 2004 >
The 'A R C H I V E S' button has now been activated on this site.
The CONCERT PICTURE ARCHIVE features nice hitherto
unpublished photos from various U.J.R. 2004 shows.
The Video/Film archive is also going to be activated very
soon and will allow you to download a variety of old
and new U.J.R. related footage and clips.
< 30. DECEMBER 2004 >
The 'LATEST SITE UPDATES' button has now been activated.
< 13. DECEMBER 2004 >
There is an interesting and amusing little story about Uli's jam with
< 26. NOVEMBER 2004 >
U.J.R. played at the JIMI HENDRIX FESTIVAL in
and played an impromptu set which was largely improvised overcoming a number
whose musicians Uli had never met before.
Before the show at the sound check, Uli was clearly unhappy with the hired
equipment, which was largely not what had been agreed upon before
and was faulty on top of it, but Uli made do with what was there and
decided to make the best of it.
At the brief sound check Uli explored a few of Jimi's songs, but chose to play
not all of which were successful as it took a little while for the other musicians
audience who clearly honoured Uli's set, which had been preceded by four
Italian guitarists, as the fitting highlight at the close of a very enjoyable night
completely dedicated to Jimi's music.
but from the beginning he had a great rapport with the audience
as well as with the music.
was a bit shaky due to the fact that Uli's hired amp blew up literally minutes
before the show and he suddenly had to play through FABIO CERRONE's
gear, who kindly offered it when the emergency arose.
a little knob twiddling the problem was solved and Uli's six string
his 1999 concert in
This was the first Jimi Hendrix based concert Uli was involved
in since 1992 and he enjoyed himself enormously, commenting
afterwards "at first when the promoter rang me with the idea
I wasn't so keen, because I wasn't in the right frame of mind
for such an event, but then it began to appeal to me.
It is sometimes good to re-connect with one's past and to
look at familiar things with a fresh eye. Whenever I do this
I seem to learn something new and I'm discovering things
which eluded me before. I grew up with Jimi's music and
it is easy for me to tune into this world and re-connect
instantly, but at the same time it is always a challenge
to breathe new life into his amazing music onstage."
< 14. NOVEMBER 2004 >
ULI JON ROTH made a surprise appearance
was the well-known Deep Purple classic 'Black Night'.
and for the first minute of the song the amp didn't work.
and handed it to Uli who went into an amazing guitar lead right away.
played improvised leads and off-the-cuff question and answer phrases
in perfect harmony and were clearly enjoying themselves
which resulting in a lot of big smiles on stage.
Purple played a classic set and the sold-out Cardiff Arena
loved every minute of it.
After the show Uli commented "'it was a great honour to be asked
to jam with DEEP PURPLE. For me they always have been the
one band who defined the genre of classic rock like no other
and they are still to this day an amazing band.
Apart from that they are the nicest guys and made me feel
so much at home. Steve's playing was just great and I was really
moved by his solo piece. It was also so kind of Steve to hand me
his own guitar cord when the amp didn't work. Not many guys
would have done that. He was a true gentleman on and off stage,
making me feel completely at ease and welcome."
"IAN GILLAN for me has always been my favourite male singer in rock
and as I watched the band today I was amazed at how pitch-perfect every single note
was that he sang throughout the evening. Didn't put a single foot wrong - each and
every note was in the pocket and delivered with great feeling and total authority.
Back in the seventies it was his voice and his vocal approach more than
any other which defined the sound of rock singing more than
anybody else's in my book and he's still got it !"
The other bands on the bill were THUNDER, followed by
PETER FRAMPTON, who also played a great set.
< 27. OCTOBER 2004 >
The ROCK IN MY HEART FESTIVAL in BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
has been postponed to December 4, 2004.
on November 26, 2004.
< 14. OCTOBER 2004 >
ULI JON ROTH has been invited to play at the
ROCK MY HEART FESTIVAL in BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
on November 6, 2004 at the SPORT ARENA.
Uli's backing band is going to be THE ATTACK with DAVID O LIST.
The event will be televised by MTV RUMANIA.
< 9. OCTOBER 2004 >
ULI JON ROTH & SKY ORCHESTRA gave an open-air concert
This concert was designed to be somewhat of a test-run for a series
of similar ones which are to be held next year and had only
been advertised briefly in the local press at relatively short notice.
Therefore only some insiders and avid internet surfers had the chance
to know about this event beforehand. It came as no surprise then that due to the
combination of a general lack of promotion, coupled with the biting cold,
only a few hundred people turned up, but those who did were rewarded with a unique
visual spectacle and lots of great music. The first five minutes of the show
were being broadcast live by WDR television and included an interview
which Uli had given onstage just prior to the start of the concert.
The first half of the concert consisted of an almost complete rendition of
METAMORPHOSIS OF VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS. This was
interspersed with various explanations and comments by Uli
about the music in between the main sections of the piece.
Uli commented several times (only half-jokingly) about the
chilly temperatures and how he felt that it was nigh-on impossible
to play properly in such semi-arctic conditions.
The cold and damp also strongly affected his tuning, because the strings
and tuning pegs kept recalcitrantly refusing to cooperate in the cold, which is why
Uli had to re-tune the instrument a lot in between songs
while making jokes about it over the microphone.
At one point during TALES OF THE SUMMERWIND
Uli even forgot to switch off his tuning device, started to play
and looked puzzled for a few seconds as to why there was no sound
emanating from his guitar until he realized what had happened. While a look
which was a strange mixture of smile and exasperation swept over his face,
and to get back his sound so that he could continue to play.
METAMORPHOSIS received intense applause and was followed by an intermission,
which gave the performers a chance to finally warm themselves up.
The organizers had also not mowed the lawn in front of the large stage,
and the long, wet grass slowly turned many a pair of feet in the very patient and
enthusiastic audience into blocks of ice.
with two MOZART pieces, RONDO ALLA TURCA and
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, an aria from Mozart's opera THE MAGIC
FLUTE. Uli then announced the first of the very special guests,
LIZ VANDALL, who proceeded to sing "FALLING FROM THE SKY"
a piece she had just recorded for a solo album she is currently working on.
only a couple of days before, but this did not seem to impede her singing tonight.
He performed two pieces written by JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Clad in only a thin shirt VICTOR also made funny comments
to the audience about the cold onstage before launching
into a vicious guitar solo which he delivered flawlessly
Uli then introduced the next guest, DORO PESCH who chose as her first song I RULE THE RUINS.
This was followed by FUER IMMER and her beautiful new single LET LOVE RAIN ON ME.
After that Uli played a driving version of ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER,
Uli's classic Wah-Wah lead.
In fact, both Victor's and John's guitar had gone so much out of tune
before the last song that there was no time to retune for them, particularly
since Victor was using a tremolo locking system, which takes more time
to set up. As a result it was left to Uli to play the final song alone
without the other two guitarists.
The final song of the night was ANGEL, which Uli had last performed in 1991
Since the show several promoters for castles in
and at more humane temperatures.
CLICK BELOW FOR A COMPLETE SET-LIST OF THIS CONCERT
CLICK BELOW FOR PHOTOGRAPHS (MORE TO FOLLOW)
< 20. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Today Uli was invited to visit the headquarters of
GUITAR WORLD in New York City. He was interviewed
on camera and gave detailed insights about the guitar work
on his song "THE SAILS OF CHARON".
including picking patterns and fingerings.
< 19. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Tonight Uli played the last concert of his 2004 tour of
The venue was THE CHANCE THEATER in
As opposed to the rest of the tour this show did not feature MSG
and consequently Uli played a longer set.
There were two support bands playing beforehand.
Uli, Oliver and John played for almost two hours
and this concert turned out to be a very fitting end to the tour.
According to Uli this was his favourite of all the concerts in terms
of his own playing and the general flow of the show.
Throughout the evening Uli was in a great and relaxed mood and chatted
a lot with the audience.
The set included “RONDO ALLA TURCA” from T.S.G. (as first encore),
which had not been part of any previous shows in the
as well as Uli’s first rendition of “SUNDOWN” since 1979.
This was greeted by intense applause before the song
particularly so after Uli played an extended improvised solo at the end,
which completely deviated from the album version.
During the encores Uli surprised the audience with a little story about how
he had promised to some people to play “POLAR NIGHTS” the following day.
Next he asked a young drummer, Jimmy, who played in one of the
support bands onto the stage to join him.
Uli had met him during the sound check and asked him his age, which was 14,
and since when he had been playing to which the answer was “since I was two.”
Uli then played through each song once at the soundcheck with Jimmy
and Uli was very pleased with the young man's talent.
The result was a great and riveting version of "POLAR NIGHTS"
during the encores, followed by a long and improvised “DARK LADY”,
which Uli had not played live as well for quite some time.
Jimmy (unfortunately we do not know his surname – if there is anyone who does,
please let us know) laid down a steady beat with impeccable timing while John Boswell
played bass and Oliver Palotai traded solos with both Uli and John.
Towards the end Uli broke his a-string,
but continued to improvise as if nothing had happened.
and commitment and he also particularly wants to thank his fans
who were such an appreciative and supportive audience at every concert.
After the tour Uli said that he will definitely try to come back next year
and play an even more extensive tour of
< 18. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
U.J.R. played "THE DOWNTOWN" in FARMINGDALE,
LONG ISLAND tonight. The show was sold-out and unfortunately many
fans who walked up on the evening had to be turned away, because the venue
could not hold any more people. Uli played a good set, but was not in the
best of moods, because the stage was too small and the onstage sound of
the venue's monitor system as well as the p.a. sound were not strong enough.
audience was guitar virtuoso JOE STUMP, who
also had been to the Chicago shows, but had
not talked to Uli in person before tonight.
< 17. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Tonight's show was at the "THE JAXX" in SPRINGFIELD,
VIRGINIA. Uli clearly enjoyed himself on the stage, which
had a superb sound and he proceeded to play one of the
best shows of the tour. The set contained numerous
very strong moments of pure magic and Uli's playing
was flawless once again.
< 16. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Uli played the only NEW JERSEY date of the tour tonight
at 'THE WRECK ROOM' in Wallington. Uli gave an
inspiring performance despite a major
sequencer glitch during Metamorphosis.
< 15. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Yesterday morning Uli and his entourage briefly visited the
Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland before driving
to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The show tonight was
at the historic "TROCADERO THEATER" and again
Uli, Oliver and John Boswell played an amazing show.
The support band were 'WASTOID'.
< 13. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
U.J.R. played at PEABODY'S in CLEVELAND, OHIO tonight.
The concert went smoothly and Uli signed many autographs
afterwards and chatted to the fans.
< 12. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Tonight the tour proceeded to Detroit, Michigan. Uli's
equipment arrived late, which meant his show at the
I-ROCK dind't start until midnight. The concert had
many highlights and afterwards Uli said it was one of
the best shows he had ever played.
< 11. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
ULI JON ROTH and MSG played a second show at the
CHICAGO HOUSE OF BLUES tonight. Uli played a slightly
different set this time which culminated in a moving rendition of
'ELEGY FOR MADRID' followed by 'BEETHOVEN PARAPHRASE'.
Uli made the spontaneous decision to play these pieces after someone
had pointed out that tonight was a actually the third anniversary of the
tragic events of September 11. Uli dedicated this music to the memory
of the victims of this fateful day and explained how he had played
in Madrid, Spain earlier this year only a couple of days before a
major terrorist attack took place there as well. He said that it
served to remind him how easy it is to forget sometimes
how fragile human life can be.
When Uli played the haunting Elegy, following these words,
many in the audience were overcome with emotion,
but were then uplifted by the familiar and powerful sounds of
Beethoven's 'ODE TO JOY', which is probably the most
universal anthem for the Brotherhood Of Man.
Towards the end of the night Uli reappeared on stage to join
MICHAEL SCHENKER and MSG for another magical rendition
of 'ROCK BOTTOM'.
< 10. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Tonight ULI JON ROTH performed at the HOUSE OF BLUES,
CHICAGO, in front of a virtually sold-out house. Many in the
audience had been to Uli's last concert at the Chicago Metro
19 years ago and a high level of excitement and anticipation was
clearly in the air. Thunderous applause greeted Uli when
he entered the stage and proceeded straight into a blistering
SKY OVERTURE. The air was electric and Uli played
one of his greatest concerts ever. Throughout the set he
was totally in tune with the message of the music and so was
the crowd. Many started weeping during extremely
intense renditions of METAMORPHOSIS, HIROSHIMA
and FLY TO THE RAINBOW. Because of the extended
bursts of applause after virtually each song, Uli's set went
so much into overtime that he decided to end it after
FLY TO THE RAINBOW.
As a special treat to both MICHAEL SCHENKER's
and Uli's fans the two friends decided to play
ROCK BOTTOM together at the end of MSG's
set, which was a fitting ending to a great and
emotionally uplifting night. This was the
only the second time that Michael and Uli had
played that song in public. The previous
occasion had been the LEGENDS OF
ROCK concert at CASTLE DONINGTON.
The openening band for the evening
were ENUFF Z NUFF who will
also be opening for Uli at the
CHANCE THEATER in
< 9. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
U.J.R. played SHANK HALL in MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin tonight.
Incidentally, Milwaukee had been the site of ELECTRIC SUN's
last ever concert back in July 1985.
Uli was clearly not happy about how things unfolded on stage this time,
but he stayed in a calm and relaxed mood regardless. The audience response
was great and very welcoming, but the venue's electrical circuits were not
up to the job of handling the demands of Uli's multi-media show.
As the voltage in the venue was too low, the projection system
refused to work despite the use of step-up transformers. There were
similar problems with Oliver Palotai's keyboard and computer set-up.
The low voltage also affected the onstage monitor sound which
went up and down uncontrollably. In addition to this Uli got
several electric shocks from his microphone and last, but not
least, his favourite Marhall amplifier blew up towards the
end of the set. As Shank Hall had been part of the
original SPINAL TAP movie, Uli made a remark
to that effect, which made everyone smile since
it was so appropriate to the events onstage
that night. The audience was very forgiving,
however, and although many noticed the adverse
circumstances, Uli and Oliver still played a great show.
< 6. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Tonight Uli played at the HOUSE OF BLUES in
Not that many people attended, because there had been very little promotion
was fantastic and the audience was entranced by the music and his stage presence.
< 4. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
ULI JON ROTH played a blistering set at the
'LEGENDS OF SAN ANTONIO FESTIVAL' today.
Uli, followed by Michael, was first on the bill in the afternoon.
Having to play so early under the scorching Texas sun had its
drawbacks, but couldn't be avoided since the two guitar heroes
were added to the bill at the last moment, way after all the festival
had been put into place. The festival seemed threatened by rainstorms
earlier on as there was a mighty down pour just before bands set
up their equipment, but everything was fine by the time of Uli's set.
Due to the rainstorms Uli decided to cut his set short as otherwise
the time frame of the whole festival would have been threatened.
Despite the scorching heat and very high humidity Uli played
an amazing set against the odds. Uli also decided against
using the projection screen because of the wind factor,
but this did not seem to detract from the overall
impact of his performance.
The audience was clearly thrilled to see Uli back in
San Antonio after all these years and when he asked the
crowd who among them had been at his last show there
19 years ago, a lot of hands went up into the air.
Uli's set was followed by MSG, STARZ, MONTROSE
and LEGS DIAMOND. The atmosphere backstage was
very cordial among the bands and the members of Starz
and Legs Diamond were thrilled to be on the same bill as
Uli. All were vying to have their picture taken backstage
with the 'maestro'. The bands had already met the
previous night at a dinner at the San Antonio
Hard Rock Cafe.
The evening ended on a high note with an all-star jam
onstage which included Uli and Michael. The song was
'Long Live Rock 'n Roll' by Led Zeppelin and the guitarists
were trading leads with one another. There were a lot
of smiles both onstage and offstage in the
audience. Uli promised to be back
< 2. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
Tonight U.J.R. played at 'GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION'
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The concert went smoothly and
Uli's playing and stage presence was inspiring as always.
< 1. SEPTEMBER 2004 >
It has been confirmed the
ULI JON ROTH & SKY ORCHESTRA
concert at SCHLOSS BECK in Germany on October 9
will feature several very special guests.
Uli's guests onstage will perform several pieces
with SKY ORCHESTRA.
Very special guests are DORO PESCH,
VICTOR SMOLSKI and LIZ VANDALL.
The name of this multi-media event is
'ROCK MEETS RENAISSANCE'.
< 31. AUGUST 2004 >
In the morning Uli went to visit the
'OLD MISSION OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO'
which is is a historic monastery of great significance.
Uli was very moved by the spiritual beauty of the gardens
complete with humming birds and lotus flowers.
The concert in the evening was at 'BRICK BY BRICK'
in San Diego, Orange County. The club was jam packed
once again and the audience was in for another great night
of music followed by two hours of of signing autographs
by Uli for his fans. Many had traveled from Mexico to
experience his music live for the first time.
< 30. AUGUST 2004 >
Tonight's show was at THE COACH HOUSE in
San Juan Capistrano, Orange County.
As on the previous nights many people came to see
and hear the show as the word gradually begins to
spread around the country that Uli is back in America
after all these years.
The audience was spellbound once again during the set
and quite a few people were being moved to tears by the
music and by Uli's playing.
Uli signed autographs after the concert until way past midnight.
< 29. AUGUST 2004 >
Uli played and amazing set at a sold-out THOMMY T'S'
(Cadillac Ranch) in Concord, California. Uli had a great
rapport with the crowd and got to talk a lot in between
songs. The air in the hall was electric and there were
almost constant bursts of applause during the various
sections of 'METAMORPHOSIS' and 'VIVALDI'S
FOUR SEASONS'. Tonight's show included
'VENGA LA PRIMAVERA' for the first time
in the US as well as 'ATLANTIS'.
Just like on the previous shows Uli stayed at
the venue after the concert signing autographs
and talking to the fans for over two hours.
Uli also met MIKE VARNEY for the first time
after having had many a conversation over the phone
with him over the last 25 years.
< 28. AUGUST 2004 >
Tonight's show at the ROADHOUSE in Sacramento was sold out again.
Uli played a great set in the jam packed club. Onstage Uli commented on
the expressive heat, which exceeded 102 degrees Fahrenheit and made jokes
about it as there was no air-conditioning.
After the show Uli signed autographs for two hours
(same as the night before) and met the fans.
The audience included members of the bands
TESLA and TESTAMENT.
< 27. AUGUST 2004 >
U.J.R. played the VENTURA THEATER in Ventura, California tonight.
Contrary to the previous evening the show went smoothly and without
any technical mishaps. The front-of-house sound was superb and was
being matched by the visuals every step of the way.
The tremolo bar on Uli's main Sky Guitar, 'MIGHTY WING', which
broke off during last night's concert had been replaced just in time
for the show by Uli's friend and amp-builder ALAN CYR. In all
the repair operation lasted for four hours.
Among the many guests who came to see and meet Uli backstage
were ERIC SINGER, drummer of the band KISS and
MARC FERRARI, guitarist of the band KEEL.
Uli's youngest fan from Minnesota, SARAH FISHBEIN
had travelled all the way with her dad, Lou to say 'hi' to Uli
in person and to attend the concert.
< 26. AUGUST 2004 >
Tonight ULI JON ROTH played the first show of his US tour
in front of a sold-out HOUSE OF BLUES in West-Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Fans had travelled from all over the country to witness Uli's first
American concert in over 19 years. The audience was not to be disappointed.
Uli was greeted on stage by rapturous applause and received a standing
ovation as soon as he started to play. Being the first show of the tour
the concert was dogged by some technical mishaps with the equipment
and gremlins, but Uli remained completely unfazed by this and refused
to let it affect his playing at all. If anything, the technical glitches with the
equipment spurred him on to play even better and more intensely.
The crowd was not only amazed by Uli's magnificent and superb playing,
but also by the releaxed and humorous way he handled the glitches,
which included complete loss of electricity on all of his amps at the
beginning and a broken Whammy bar during the finale of FLY TO
THE RAINBOW. The multi-media cinemascope projection behind Uli
looked fantastic and really augmented the music and a lot of people
were amazed by the whole concept, which is very novel.
Visual highlights included a very moving version of 'ENOLA GAY -
HIROSHIMA TODAY ?' and 'THE SAILS OF CHARON',
which featured LIZ VANDALL on vocals. Further highlights included
Vivaldi's WINTER and Uli's METAMORPHOSIS CONCERTO
which featured SKY ORCHESTRA on the screen playing
alongside and behind ULI.
The concert was attended by Uli's friend WARREN DE MARTINI
of the band RATT.
Opening band were HEAVEN AND EARTH.
The evening was closed by the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP.
Michael was in good spirits and clearly enjoyed himself
during his set.
Uli would like to personally thank all the people who made
this tour possible.
< 25. AUGUST 2004 >
U.J.R. just finished rehearsals for the American tour in Los Angeles.
Due to unforeseen problems with OLIVER PALOTAI's schedule
there was only just enough time to complete two days of rehearsal
at Third Encore Studios in North Hollywood.
< 16. AUGUST 2004 >
There are going to be several ULI JON ROTH
ULI JON ROTH & SKY ORCHESTRA are going to
< 10. AUGUST 2004 >
It has been confirmed that OLIVER PALOTAI will play
< 6. AUGUST 2004 >
Uli gave an interview to Lee Graham from Dallas for the on-line
< 1. AUGUST 2004 >
U.J.R. will spend the next 5 days conducting and recording SKY ORCHESTRA.
< 30. JULY 2004 >
ULI JON ROTH is currently directing the production of a series of music viedos,
< 29. JULY 2004 >
A phone interview with Tony Sison for the L.A. based 'ALL ACCESS'
Uli gave an in-depth interview to Brian Butler for 'CREEM MAGAZINE' today.
< 20. JULY 2004 >
Europe's first and only "ROCK & POP MUSEUM" in Gronau, Germany
< 18. JULY 2004 >
Uli gave an interview to Tom Orgad from Tel Aviv
< 10. JULY 2004 >
U.J.R. NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2004 !
Here are the first confirmed dates for the upcoming concerts.
< 3. JULY 2004 >
It has been officially confirmed today that ULI JON ROTH
will do an American tour starting at the end of August.
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG).
Some of the concerts are also going
to feature GEORGE LYNCH.
Uli is looking forward very much to the tour, to meet his American
fans again - after an absence of 19 (!) years.
from his latest album METAMORPHOSIS.
All the confirmed dates will be announced on this website shortly.
< 28. JUNE 2004 >
Today Uli gave an interview for the next issue of Brazil's leading rock publication
"ROADIE CREW". He was being interviewed by Ricardo Campos. The main subject
were the "Transcendental Sky Guitar" albums including "Metamorphosis", which received
nine out of ten points when it was reviewed in the previous issue of that magazine.
< 13. JUNE 2004 >
Uli gave an interview today for the Greek students of Law website
"greeklaws.com". The journalist was Kostas Mousogiannis.
< 12. JUNE 2004 >
U.J.R. has just recorded a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach
to be included as a guest appearance on an upcoming new album
by Russian guitarist Victor Smolsky. The album consists of music by Bach
which Victor chose and recorded. The piece Uli played on is the beautiful slow
2nd movement from Bach's famous Double Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor.
Victor and Uli are each playing one of the solo violin parts.
< 30. MAY 2004 >
Uli gave a telephone interview today for the Greek publication 'FANZINE MADRIGAL',
which is based in Heraklion, Crete. The interviewer was Filippos Phyllis.
< 21. MAY 2004 >
The 'QUESTIONS & ANSWERS' section has just been activated on this site.
There you will have the chance to pose questions directly to ULI JON ROTH.
In order to get there just click the 'QUESTIONS & ANSWERS' button
under the main section 'COMMUNITY'.
< 20. MAY 2004 >
The string playesr of SKY ORCHESTRA have just completed a further 4 days of
recording at SKYLIGHT MANOR STUDIOS for REQUIEM. The atmosphere
during the sessions was great and everyone involved was highly pleased with the
results. Uli was conducting and Martin Leissner was the engineer.
Uli has decided to postpone all touring activities until the end of the summer
in order to be able to fully concentrate on the production of the album.
< 12. MAY 2004 >
Today U.J.R. gave an interview to the popular Russian Magazine 'PLAY'.
The journalist was Vsevolod Baronin. Uli will be featured in the June-July issue.
'METAMORPHOSIS' was also reviewed for this issue and received 5 out of 5 possible points.
< 11. MAY 2004 >
Uli Jon Roth is currently preparing for further SKY ORCHESTRA recordings,
which are scheduled for May 15-20 at his studio in Wales.
< 27. APRIL 2004 >
Uli did an interview with Gary Cooper for the British magazine 'MUSIC MART'.
< 23. APRIL 2004 >
Here is a link to 2 interviews Uli gave in Athens on February 27.
The journalsists were Menelaos Megariotis writing for 'Metal-realm.com'
and Elias Ritsios writing for 'Metal Invader'.
< 21. APRIL 2004 >
Today U.J.R. gave an interview to Luke Lewis for
the UK based magazine 'TOTAL GUITAR'.
< 13. APRIL 2004 >
The SKY ORCHESTRA string players have just spent several days at SKYLIGHT MANOR STUDIOS.
Several new pieces which are part of REQUIEM FOR AN ANGEL were recorded under Uli's direction.
Everyone involved was very pleased with the results and there will be further recordings next month.
Sound engineer for the sessions was Martin Leissner.
There is no release date for the album in sight, but Uli is planning to spend a lot of time on this
large-scale project over the next few months. We will keep you posted on the progress.
< 6. APRIL 2004 >
Uli gave an interview to Mike Molenda, editor-in-chief of 'GUITAR PLAYER'.
The interview was mainly related to 'METAMORPHOSIS' and certain technical aspects
of the performance as well as the recording process.
< 4. APRIL 2004 >
It is currently still unclear precisely when U.J.R. will begin touring the US this year.
There have been some rumours that Uli would be part of the UFO tour, which
was being envisaged at the time. Accordingly, some promoters jumped the gun
and have announced his name on the radio before contracts were signed.
There are plenty of offers on the table for a U.J.R. tour of the US,
but it will take some time to finalize the dates, which will have to be integrated
with further European shows. We apologize for the inconvenience this uncertainty has brought as apparently some fans have already bought tickets to see Uli play in the US.
Please, don't buy any tickets to U.J.R. concerts unless they
are officially announced on this site !
Uli Jon Roth will utilize the time for new SKY ORCHESTRA recordings instead, to continue
the work on his next release REQUIEM FOR AN ANGEL.
The recordings will take place at Uli's SKYLIGHT MANOR STUDIOS in Wales
and are scheduled to begin on April 10.
< 31. MARCH 2004 >
Today Uli visited the 'Musik Messe' in Frankfurt, Germany. He was part of a panel
of experts chosen by the 'Con Brio Verlag', who were discussing the pros and cons
of Europe's first Rock & Pop Museum in Gronau.
Uli was officially inducted into the walk of fame last year at a ceremony in London
and was honoured by an engraved stone slab which carried his name.
< 30. MARCH 2004 >
The first official ULI JON ROTH FORUM is now open.
You will find the 'SKY FORUM' under the 'Community' button.
The Forum will give all of us the opportunity to communicate directly with one another.
Please feel free to discuss whatever you like to talk about, but please do follow the
rules of courtesy and fairness. Don't forget that this site is dedicated to the
Spirit of Peace and that our aim here is to do something constructive.
Uli has said that he might also take part in some discussions from time to time.
The Forum should be pretty straight forward to use, but if you have any technical questions
or difficulties in using it, please contact the Webmaster for assistance.
< 28. MARCH 2004 >
Tonight was the last concert of the UFO European tour which featured
ULI JON ROTH as Very Special Guest. The show took place at the
'Elysees Montmartre' venue in Pars in front of a virtually full house.
Uli and UFO both had a great reception and the concert was a fitting end to the tour.
Afterwards Uli gave an impromptu on-camera interview in his dressing room to
Jean-Paul Bellanger of 'Mazal TV.com'.
< 27. MARCH 2004 >
Uli and UFO played their only show in Holland of this tour tonight
at the 'Plato' venue in Helmond near Eindhoven.
It was a nice concert for both bands, but Uli was still suffering from his cold onstage,
although it didn't seem to interfere with his playing.
< 25. MARCH 2004 >
Tonight's show in Ingolstadt, Germany took place at the `Ohrakel`.
Uli had last played in Ingolstadt precisely 30 years ago in March 1974,
just prior to the Fly To The Rainbow recordings.
After the show Uli gave an interview to a magazine from Belgrad, Yugoslavia .
< 24. MARCH 2004 >
Uli Jon Roth and UFO gave a concert in Berlin Tempelhof tonight at the 'Columbia Fritz'.
The show was virtually sold out and both bands got a great reception from the audience.
Among the many highlights of the show was Uli's haunting 'Requiem For Madrid' and
an intense rendition of Scorpions classic 'Fly To The Rainbow'.
Backstage Uli met JUERGEN ROSENTHAL, his friend from SCORPIONS' days
and guitarist ANDY MALECEK.
< 23. MARCH 2004 >
Uli played a beautiful concert tonight at the Mannheim 'Capitol'.
After the show Uli said that it was one of the nicest he had ever played.
The audience was mesmerized throughout and refused to let Uli go, whereupon
he chose to play Vivaldi's 'Tuona e Fulmina' as an encore, a piece he had not performed
on this tour so far.
< 21. MARCH 2004 >
After arriving in Nueremberg this afternoon, and despite still nursing a cold,
Uli went straight to the ‘Duerer House’, which once belonged to one of his favourite
renaissance artists, Albrecht Duerer. Upstairs, in the painter’s workshop Uli had a long
chat with a lady engraver, who is still working there according to the old traditions producing
prints from copper plates. In the evening, still braving the cold, U.J.R. played a nice concert
at the ‘Hirsch’, where he had last played just prior to the 2001 Japan Tour.
< 20. MARCH 2004 >
Tonight’s show was at the E-Werk, Cologne. Uli had not played here since the night of the
memorable TV-show ‘A Different Side Of Jimi Hendrix’. Although Uli was suffering
from a cold tonight, the playing was great throughout. Among Uli’s guests who attended the show
and met him backstage were PETER BURSCH, DORO PESCH and VICTOR SMOLSKI.
< 19. MARCH 2004 >
Tonight Uli played his first ever show in Salzburg, Austria, in front of
a very appreciative audience. Uli and Michael Bramwell gave an impromptu rendition
of the famous 'Rondo Alla Turca' to honour Salzburg's greatest son and Uli's favourite composer,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
< 17. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. played the 'Hugenotten Halle' in Neu Isenburg, near Frankfurt tonight.
It was a very good concert. Afterwards Uli was interviewed by a local TV station,
who also filmed part of the show.
< 16. MARCH 2004 >
Uli Jon Roth played a great concert tonight at the 'Fabrik' in Hamburg.
The sound was excellent and Uli had a great rapport with the crowd.
Afterwards he gave a long radio interview to Christian Platz for the independent program 'Rock Bottom'.
He was later joined in the interview by ROLAND GRAPOW of the band 'MASTERPLAN'.
< 14. MARCH 2004 >
Tonight's concert at Stuttgart's 'Longhorn LKA' was a resounding success.
Uli received tons of applause throughout the show, particularly so after 'Metamorphosis'.
The playing was inspired and impeccable throughout and the sound was very good in the venue.
Uli dedicated the last piece of the show, 'Beethoven Paraphrase' to the victims of the horrible
bomb attacks of Madrid, who lost their lives a few days ago.
< 13. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. played at an instore event at Hot Shot Records in Hanover this afternoon.
Highlight was an inspired free improvisation with his keyboard player Michael Bramwell,
which was spontaneous in lieu of a sound check. Afterwards Uli chatted to the audience and
answered questions. Uli then gave an in depth interview to the 'Maga Scene' magazine.
< 12. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. played in his hometown Hanover tonight, at the Capitol, in front of a full house.
The opening act was JUTTA WEINHOLD. Uli played next, followed by UFO.
Uli had a great reception and played very well, but was far from happy with the sound
in this particular venue. The show was attended by two of Uli's ex-band members
and friends from the SCORPIONS, FRANCIS BUCHHOLZ and JUERGEN ROSENTHAL.
< 11. MARCH 2004 >
Tonight's concert in Munich, Germany, was a very memorable occasion
for Uli's fans. Uli said onstage that he had not played in Munich since the
Electric Sun 'Beyond The Astral Skies' Tour in 1985.
Unfortunately there was no time for an encore tonight - maybe next time...
< 10. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. played a beautiful concert tonight at the ‘Alcatraz’ in Milan, Italy.
The audience was very appreciative and enthusiastic - this was Uli’s first ever show in Milan.
After the concert Uli talked to local musicians and journalists.
< 9. MARCH 2004 >
Uli played an excellent show at the Z7 in Pratteln, near Basel, Switzerland, tonight.
After the show, the promoter, Norbert, invited Uli back immediately to play at a festival
in August at this great venue. Details to be announced.
< 8. MARCH 2004 >
...A long traveling day... Uli and his friend Percy drove from Bergara to Basel in Switzerland
virtually non-stop. The distance was 1350 kms and in the Alps they had to negotiate lots of snow,
before they made it safely to their destination just before midnight.
< 7. MARCH 2004 >
Tonight's concert in Bergara, in Northern Spain was intense and full of great moments for the
audience. It was Uli's first appearance at the 'Sala Jam'.
< 6. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. played a mesmerizing set tonight in Barcelona at the 'Razzmatazz'.
Before the show Uli's car was parked in front of the venue and a couple of thieves
slashed a tyre and distracted the driver, Percy. They then grabbed a bag out of the car
but found nothing of value in it, which is why they discarded it. When Uli heard about the
incident he just smiled and called the muggers 'a bunch of desperado highway robbers'.
Luckily nothing of value was lost.
5. MARCH 2004
In the afternoon Uli visited the ‘Prado’ in Madrid, Spain.
Uli was particularly impressed by the two Duerer portraits in the collection,
as well as by the Rembrandt painting and the allegorical masterpieces by Hieronymus van Bosch.
Afterwards, back at the hotel, he gave an interview to Nestor Daniel for the Spanish magazine ‘Musicalidad’.
Then, after the sound check Uli was being interviewed for ‘Kerrang Magazine’.
In the evening Uli played his first ever show in Spain at a very nice venue, the ‘Divino Aqualung’.
Especially for the Spanish fans Uli played two Spanish pieces, which are not normally part of the set
this time; these were ‘Recuerdos De La Alhambra’ and a particularly haunting rendition of ‘Aranjuez’.
A further highlight of the show was an outstanding keyboard solo by Michael Bramwell.
The audience response to the concert was very enthusiastic throughout and the sound was excellent.
< 4. MARCH 2004 >
It has now been officially been confirmed that ULI JON ROTH will tour the U.S.A.
later this year. There is going to be a mixture of constellations, including
headlining appearances and festivals.
USA TOUR DATES TO BE RELEASED ON THIS SITE VERY SOON
< 3. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. played at ‘Le Transbordeur’ in Lyon, France. The concert was sold out.
A soulful rendition of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ was one of the many highlights of the evening.
< 2. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. flies from London Gatwick to Strasbourg in France.
Unfortunately a little silver suitcase containing a soundcard for Uli’s music computer
was left behind in the arrivals area. While Uli’s company was having lunch in the cafeteria,
a pistol shot was resonating through the Strasbourg airport. Uli then saw a police officer walking
by with the remains of the soundcard in his hands. The poor thing had been shot right right between
its metal eyes. The silver carrying case was no protection. There was a big bullet hole lodged in the
device. Imagine there had been a bomb inside...
Uli just smiled and shook his head... ‘We live in a world of ever-increasing paranoia...
The new watchword of our time is ’SECURITY’ . This is the latest convenient excuse in order to keep the
people small and in a sheeplike state of mind. The instrument of subliminal fear has become
more important than Sanity. The ‘authorities’ are constantly curtailing civil liberties more and more.
The hand of the state is crude, ruthless, selfish and is ignorant of higher laws... oh well...’
In the evening Uli played the concert at 'La Laiterie' in front of a full house.
It was a great show between Uli's and UFO's set.
< 1. MARCH 2004 >
U.J.R. has been invited to take part in an official podium discussion at the Frankfurt Musik Messe
in Germany. The event is scheduled to take place at 16.00hs on March 31.
Further information can be obtained from the ‘Conbrio Verlag’ or the Rock & Pop Museum, Gronau.
Uli’s partners in the discussion will be INA DETER and others.
< 29. FEBRUARY 2004 >
The sold-out concert in Thessaloniki, Greece tonight was a very special
occasion for many Greek fans, who had their first opportunity to see Uli play live.
After the show Uli gave a TV interview for OMEGA TV and also had a brief joint
interview appearance with VINNIE MOORE. The two great guitarists get on very
well with one another and the general feeling on the tour is very positive and relaxed.
< 28. FEBRUARY 2004 >
ULI JON ROTH performed his first ever show in Athens tonight in front of a
sold out house. Uli entered the stage to a thunderous standing ovation,
which lasted for a long time. He performed for about an hour
and played a good portion of METAMORPHOSIS.
As a special treat for his Greek fans Uli ended the incredible set with a version of
FLY TO THE RAINBOW, a piece which he had not performed since TOKYO TAPES
in 1978. The atmosphere throughout the concert can only be described as electric.
< 27. FEBRUARY 2004 >
Uli Jon Roth visited the Akropolis in Athens for the first time and was very moved by the scenery.
When asked by the journalists about his impressions Uli responded ‘In the presence of the Parthenon
you can still feel the very breath of the Spirit of Antiquity.’
Uli was accompanied by his friend Sotiris, who specializes in Greek philosophy,
and by his sister ‘Heide’, who happened to be in Athens that day.
In the early evening Uli gave a string of non-stop interviews back at the hotel,
the first of which was for Greece’s No 1 music Television program.
Later he attended a dinner at a Greek restaurant together with the members of UFO,
which was followed by an invitation by the promoter of the concert to make an appearance
at the ’Revenge Of Rock’ club, where they screened a lot of video clips from Uli’s past.
Both Uli and UFO signed a lot of autographs. Afterwards Uli attended a party at the TNT Club
which his Greek fans had organized. The atmosphere was very nice and Uli answered a lot of
questions from the fans on a podium. He then signed autographs non-stop for about
two and a half hours and chatted to the fans. Uli left the party at about 3 a.m.
< 26. FEBRUARY 2004 >
U.J.R. arrived at Athens Airport in the early evening together
with his new keyboard player Michael Bramwell. They had flown in from London Heathrow
after negotiating a gruesome two hour drive through what can only be described as a snow storm
in the mountains of Wales. Uli later said ‘I was surprised we even made it to the airport.’
At Athens Uli was greeted by an exuberant crowd of Greek fans in the airport
terminal, where he signed albums and chatted to them.
< 23. FEBRUARY 2004 >
It has been confirmed that MICHAEL BRAMWELL
will be playing keyboards with Uli for the upcoming U.J.R. tours.
< 20. FEBRUARY 2004 >
The SCORPIONS FAN CLUB of Greece will give a party in honour
of Uli Jon Roth at the TNT Club in ATHENS on February 27th.
Uli will meet the Greek fans and answer questions on stage.
As a special treat the new promo DVD 'VENGA LA PRIMAVERA',
featuring U.J.R. & SKY ORCHESTRA, will be shown.
Click below for further information:
Uli gave an interview to Daniele Purrone
for 'Rock Hard' (Italian edition) today.
< 17. FEBRUARY 2004 >
The first official ULI JON ROTH FORUM
will be opened very soon. You will find it under the
'Community' button. The Forum will give all of us the
opportunity to communicate directly with one another.
Initially the Forum is not going to be subdivided into subjects,
but at a slightly later stage we will introduce various sections.
Please feel free to discuss whatever you like to talk about, but
please do follow the rules of courtesy and fairness. Don't forget
that this site is dedicated to the Spirit of Peace and our aim here
is to do something constructive. Uli has said that he might also take
part in some discussions from time to time. The precise day of the
opening is going to be announced very soon. Watch this space...
< 11. FEBRUARY 2004 >
U.J.R. gave an interview to Adam St.James
for 'Guitar.Com', which should be on-line soon.
< 10. FEBRUARY 2004 >
Due to popular demand, the 'Authorized Uli Jon Roth Website'
by Peter Ekberg from Sweden is back online.
To visit please click below
< 9. FEBRUARY 2004 >
There will be an in-store performance and signing
by ULI JON ROTH on March 13, at 'HOT SHOT RECORDS'
in the center of Hannover, Germany at 'Nordmann Passage 1'.
Fans will have a unique and rare chance to get their albums signed,
to meet Uli in person and to hear him play close-up.
He will perform exerpts from 'METAMORPHOSIS' as well as playing some other pieces.
For further information contact this number: 0049 - (0)511 - 26 25 690
< 6. FEBRUARY 2004 >
Uli did an interview with Marc Moingeon
for 'Koid 9' magazine - France
< 2. FEBRUARY 2004 >
Uli gave an in-depth interview to Mike Bohring
for 'Rock Hard' magazine, Germany
< 30. JANUARY 2004 >
U.J.R. has given two in-depth interviews with
1) Kurt Mitzkatis for 'germanrock.de'
There is now an mp3 file available for download
at the following address: http://www.germanrock.de/
The language on this interview is German.
2) Per Albinsson for 'Red Hot Rock' in Sweden
< 21. JANUARY 2004 >
U.J.R & SKY ORCHESTRA will probably perform a number
of concerts in the UK in April 2004 - dates to be announced shortly
< 20. JANUARY 2004 >
U.J.R. has conducted a phone interview with
Canadian author Martin Popoff from Toronto, Canada
for 'Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles'
and for 'hardradio.com'
< 16. JANUARY 2004 >
It has been confirmed today that U.J.R.
will play his first ever shows in Greece ! The dates are
February 28 - Athens
February 29 - Thessaloniki
Uli is very much looking forward to this, because so many
of his fans have been waiting a long time for this to happen
and he has always felt a special kinship to Greek culture and its people.
< 12. JANUARY 2004 >
U.J.R. is currently giving a series of interviews. We will keep you
informed about the various publications these will appear in.
Uli has just done a feature length interview with Lars Thielecke
for the German magazine 'GUITAR', which is scheduled
to appear in the March issue.
The first interview of the year took place on January first
with 'neo-classical' specialist reviewer Chris Ruel.
< December 2003 >
< 8. DEC 2003 >
"METAMORPHOSIS OF VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS"
An official US release will follow on February 24, 2004.
< November 2003 >
< 20. December 2003 >