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1st October 2017

uli jon roth

Uli Jon Roth is celebrating a rare triple anniversary in 2018 and to commemorate this very special year, the German guitar maestro will be performing a whole series of concerts and tours worldwide with varying programs.

2018 is:

40-year anniversary of Scorpions 'Tokyo Tapes'
40-year anniversary of the birth of Electric Sun
50-year anniversary of Uli's first ever stage performance in 1968

Uli's two-month Triple Anniversary North American Tour, which begins at the end of May 2018, will be devoted to performing a complete set of songs from his ground breaking Electric Sun period.

Electric Sun Reborn will consist of an intense ninety-minute set by Uli and his band, complemented by multi-media projections. This is followed by an intermission and a shorter set of the highlights from 'Tokyo Tapes Revisited' to round off the three-hour extravaganza.

Uli has not performed the bulk of this music for over thirty years. Although it never enjoyed the overwhelming commercial success of Scorpions, Electric Sun was far more than just a cult band and had a sizeable following on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Japan.

Largely thanks to Uli's innovative and ground-breaking guitar playing and interesting compositions, the band became artistically influential and presented a unique blend, which was sometimes likened to a strange mixture, located somewhere between Beethoven and Hendrix.

Following the worldwide success of his latest 'Scorpions Revisited' releases, Uli will now revisit the spellbinding music of his first solo venture after leaving Scorpions and re-connect with his songs from that prolific era of his long and colourful career.

Widely regarded as one of the great guitar players, Uli pioneered a unique style of playing which, for the first time, combined complete mastery of the instrument with an intensely melodic and emotional appeal. Uli's Electric Sun guitar solos are both uplifting and often mesmerizing, displaying a very wide variety of textures, colours and novel ideas and they always take you on a journey.

Uli has now taken a fresh look at this material, drawn from the three Electric Sun albums which he wrote some forty years ago, 'Earthquake', 'Fire Wind' and 'Beyond The Astral Skies'.

As a real bonus for his die-hard fans and connoisseurs Uli has a special treat in store which will bring many a tear to the eyes of nostalgic older fans; due to popular request, Uli will finally bring his legendary white Fender Stratocaster guitar on tour again.

The famous instrument which he used during almost all the Scorpions and Electric Sun recordings, will make an onstage appearance for a couple of songs after having remained silent for so many years. The guitar has not been played in public since the mid-eighties when Uli switched over to Sky Guitars for good and he is looking forward to putting this iconic guitar through its paces for old times’ sake. The White Strat can be seen on the covers of 'In Trance' and 'Fire Wind'. Uli played this guitar in every Scorpions concert since 1975 and on every single Electric Sun album.

To make the evening even more intense, purchasers of VIP passes will be given a unique opportunity to hear Uli perform his 'Metamorphosis Of Vivaldi's Four Seasons' in its entirety during a private pre-show concert.

Uli has not performed Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' in over fourteen years. He was the first and only guitarist ever to perform this most famous of all violin concertos on electric guitar note for note, stretching the instrument to the very limits of its capabilities, and beyond.

Confirmed tour dates, with more to follow:

31st May: Dallas, TX - Trees
1st June: Houston, TX - Arcadia
2nd June: San Antonio, TX - Rockbox
5th June: Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
6th June: Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theater
7th June: San Jan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
8th June: San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
9th June: Las Vegas, NV - Vamp'd
10th June: Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
12th June: Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
13th June: Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater
14th June: Berkley, CA - Cornerstone
15th June: Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
16th June: Seattle, WA - Studio 7
17th June: Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
18th June: Vancouver, BC - Venue
26th June: St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Music Hall
29th June: Joliet, IL - The Forge
30th June: St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
1st July: Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
2nd July: Toronto, ON - Rockpile
3rd July: Montreal, QU - TBA
4th July: Quebec, QU - L' Anti
5th July: Ottawa, ON - Brass Monkey
6th July: Pawling, NY - Daryl's House
7th July: Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
8th July: Hartford, CT - Infinity Music Hall
10th July: NYC, NY - Gramercy Theater
11th July: Asbury Park, NJ - Wonderbar
12th July: Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
15th July: Anderson, IN - State Theatre

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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