ULI JON ROTH (born ULRICH ROTH, 18 December 1954) is a German guitarist , who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre. He is also the founder of Sky Academy and inventor of the Sky Guitar. He is the older brother of fellow guitarist and artist Zeno Roth .
* 1 Career
* 1.1 Dawn Road and Scorpions * 1.2 Electric Sun * 1.3 Solo career
* 2 Sky guitars * 3 Playing style * 4 Personal life * 5 Influence
* 6 Discography
* 6.1 With Scorpions * 6.2 With Electric Sun
* 6.3 Solo and classical works (Progressive Rock)
* 6.3.1 Studio albums * 6.3.2 Live albums * 6.3.3 Compilations * 6.3.4 Unreleased works
* 6.4 Guest appearance
* 7 References * 8 External links
DAWN ROAD AND SCORPIONS
In the early 1970s, Roth formed a band called Dawn Road. In 1973,
During his tenure as lead guitarist, main songwriter and occasional
lead singer for the Scorpions, the band released four studio albums
between 1974 and 1977. In 1978, the Scorpions released the live album
Tokyo Tapes , which was recorded in Japan and sold nearly one million
copies and went gold in several countries. However, Roth had left the
band in 1978 following the end of the
Taken by Force
Roth formed his own band named Electric Sun , which released three albums. The first, Earthquake (1979), was dedicated to the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. A second album released two years later, Fire Wind (1981), was dedicated to Anwar Sadat (the assassinated President of Egypt who had tried to make peace in the Middle East), and featured a song called " Enola Gay (Hiroshima Today?)" about the atomic bombing of Japan by an airplane of that name .
After Electric Sun, Roth entered a new phase of creative work, composing four symphonies and two concertos, and sometimes performing with symphony orchestras throughout Europe. Roth used the name ‘Uli Jon Roth’ for all subsequent album releases and concert appearances.
Roth played at the outdoor rock festival at
Castle Donington in 2001
(also featuring original Scorpions lead guitarist
Roth appeared in concert with the Scorpions onstage at the Wacken Open Air Festival in 2006 along with two other former members of the band. Billed as "A Night To Remember, A Journey Through Time", the Scorpions played four songs from the Roth era, most of which they hadn’t played live since Roth had left in 1978. The concert was filmed and released on DVD.
Although this was meant to be a ‘one night only’ special event, its success meant that the format was repeated on several tours afterwards.
On 2 June 2007 at the
Rock am Ring
In 2007, Roth had begun working on a new full-length studio album, which was to be released the following year. The title of the album would be "Under A Dark Sky" and was going to be the first official release in the long-awaited series of Symphonic Legends - a cycle of music written by Uli for his all-encompassing Sky of Avalon project.
Roth debuted songs from "Under A Dark Sky" on 18 July 2008 in his
headline set at the G-TARanaki
"Under A Dark Sky" was released in Japan on 20 August 2008 via Marquee records. The European and USA releases followed a month later on 20 September 2008 on the SPV record label.
In early 2015,
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In the 1980s, Roth commissioned construction of custom guitars with
additional frets from luthier Andreas Demetriou. Roth has had five of
these "Sky" guitars made. To be able to emulate the high notes of a
violin, all of the Sky Guitars contain extra frets. The first Sky
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In Roth's early days with Scorpions, his soloing style was based primarily on the blues scale, occasionally incorporating notes from other modes. However, by the time the band recorded the Virgin Killer album, he began incorporating more advanced compositional elements from European classical music, such as pedal tone sequences and intricate arpeggios. Beginning with Electric Sun, the classical influence began to dominate his playing style, notable in songs like "Cast Away Your Chains" and "Still So Many Lives Away". His style eventually became a fusion of blues-based rock with European classical sensibilities. Roth employs major and minor pentatonic, the blues scale, phrygian, harmonic minor, diminished, and the whole tone scale, notably in his famous "Sails Of Charon" solo.
Roth was romantically involved with artist
Monika Dannemann who was
with Jimi Hendrix when he died. Roth and Danneman collaborated on
various songs including "We'll Burn the Sky" from the Scorpions’
Taken by Force
Danneman also painted the album sleeves for all three of the releases by Electric Sun.
In 1996 Monika Dannemann was convicted of breaking a British High Court order not to repeat allegations that Kathy Etchingham was an "inveterate liar" for accusing her of playing a role in Jimi Hendrix's death. Etchingham asked the judge to jail Dannemann but she was released. Two days later Monika Dannemann was found dead in a fume-filled Mercedes-Benz near her cottage in Seaford , East Sussex , aged 50. Her death was ruled a suicide , but Roth publicly stated his opinion that her death had been the result of foul play. Roth dedicated later works to the memory of Dannemann.
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Roth has been on the covers of many guitar magazines and has
influenced many notable guitar players, including
Kirk Hammett ,
Fly to the Rainbow (1974) - Guitar, vocals
In Trance (1975) - Guitar, vocals
WITH ELECTRIC SUN
* Earthquake (1979) - Guitar, vocals * Fire Wind (1981) - Guitar, vocals * Beyond the Astral Skies (1985) - Lead/harmony vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass * The Electric Sun Years Vol. I & II (2000) (DVD, part of the Historical Performances series)
SOLO AND CLASSICAL WORKS (PROGRESSIVE ROCK)
* Aquila Suite - 12 Arpeggio Concert Etudes for Solo Piano (1991) * Sky of Avalon - Prologue to the Symphonic Legends (1996) (with Sky Orchestra) * Metamorphosis of Vivaldi\'s Four Seasons (2003) (with Sky Orchestra) * Under A Dark Sky (Sky of Avalon) (2008)
* ^ Klüsener, Edgar (circa 1990). Scorpions - Sting of Change.
Metal Attack Magazine. Scanned page 3/7. Archived at Uli Jon Roth
* ^ Angulo, Steve (April 9, 2009). Scorpions – Live At Wacken
Open Air 2006 DVD (2007) (Review). Hard Rock Heavy Metal blog.
* ^ "Sky Guitar". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
* ^ September 2000 issue of Young