Uli Jon Roth
|What can I say , this man is my hero
for many many years now, his phrasing, tonality, sound and feel he puts into his
guitarplaying is far beyond the "normal"guitar hero´sm as we see from so many.
To me he really stands on top and need to have some binocculars to see the competition.
Back in the 70's with the Scorpions, his groundbreaking use of harmonic scales,
arpeggio's, feedback and extreme whammy techniques (Fly to the Rainbow) really shook my
world, it was so intense yet so sheerfull I was hooked in a heartbeat.
His solo albums Eartquake and Firewind were so wonderfull to me that I soon
needed other copies because these were worn out, after a long wait of about 5 years the
third solo album was born: Beyond the Astral Skies with the introduction of the Sky
Guitar, carrying 30 frets. Beautifull songs with yet again groundbreaking guitarisms, for
instance the solo part from "I'll be There" is a true masterpiece, climbing the
neck to squeeze those extreme high notes out of it with a great release in "Return,
Chant of Angels" (He actually played it on the Stratocaster's pickups and not on the
Later, in 1995 he released the "Prologue to The Symphonic Legends" album with the breathtaking song called "Pegasus". This album contains less guitarplaying but still great songs.
In 2000 Uli releases a double CD named "Transcendental Sky Guitar" which contains compositions of Vivaldi, Mendelsohn, Mozart, Chopin and Paganini as well some of Jimi Hendrix and Uli's own songs .... a 2 hour treat !
2004, another masterpiece called "Metamorphosis" is released containing a guitar version of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the title song Metamorphosis .... this is as close you can get to a violin with a guitar ...
I'll say it in one word; "Ab-so-lut-ly-stun-ning"
|I saw and met Uli a few times now,
with the G3 tour (24-05-1998), supporting Glenn Hughes (31-05-2001 & 02-06-2001),
in Helmond 27-03-2004 supporting UFO and solo back in 1985 (I believe 04-03-1985) Paradiso Holland
|Click to see some pics from Amsterdam
& Helmond '04
|Scorpions - In Trance|
|Scorpions - Virgin Killer|
|Scorpions - Taken By Force|
|Scorpions - Tokyo Tapes|
|Beyond The Astral Skies|
|Prologue to the Symphonic Legends|
|Transcendental Sky Guitar|
|Official Uli Jon Roth site|
|Good site with tabs|