Fresh off his G3 European and UK tour with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci, former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players ever. He is one of the last greats who is still around to present his magical style of playing which he already forged in the late Sixties when he was still in his teens. Uli played his first ever show in December 1968 - at the age of 13 - and to celebrate his upcoming 50th Stage Anniversary, he will play 6 very special UK concerts.
The UK tour starts at the Corporation in Sheffield on Thursday 29th November, followed by University of London Union (Friday 30th November), Coventry’s Kasbah (Saturday 1 December), Manchester’s Academy 3 (Sunday 2 December), Glasgow’s Oran Mor (Monday 3 December) and Milton Keynes’ The Stables (Wednesday 5 December). Tickets are on sale Tuesday 17th July from seetickets.com, stables.org and ulijonroth.com
The two hour-plus programme will consist of carefully selected highlights from Uli’s entire musical career, which - by now - is spanning no less than 5 decades! The amazing thing is that Uli Jon Roth keeps on getting better, as we have seen amply demonstrated by his astonishing and powerful recent appearances at the G3 Tour of Europe and the UK with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci.
In recent times, Uli has successfully revisited the early music of his celebrated Scorpions days which resulted in the superb “Scorpions Revisited” double CD and “Tokyo Tapes Revisited” DVD/Blu-Ray releases. The 50th Anniversary set will naturally include the best of that timeless material, including The Sails of Charon, In Trance, Fly to the Rainbow and many other songs.
As a logical continuation of Uli’s journey into his own musical past he will also be reconnecting with the second very important part of his unique musical journey – that of his ground breaking Electric Sun period - during which he took the art of electric guitar playing to a completely new and unprecedented level. In those early days, Uli was already forging the path and laying the ground work for later virtuosos such as Malmsteen, Eddie van Halen, Vai, Satriani, Jason Becker and a generation of younger players who came after him, with his novel use of highly melodic, classically inspired arpeggios and scales.
Virtually singlehandedly, Uli pioneered a unique style of guitar playing which – for the first time in the history of the electric guitar – combined complete technical mastery of the instrument with an intensely melodic and emotional appeal.
Thanks to Uli’s innovative and ground-breaking guitar playing and interesting compositions, Electric Sun became artistically influential and presented a unique blend, which was sometimes likened to a strange mixture, located somewhere between Beethoven and Hendrix. Back then, Electric Sun had many fans in the UK and on both sides of the Atlantic, but Uli decided to move on, and the year 1985 saw the end of Electric Sun as a band concept.
It has been more than 30 years since Uli performed the music of Electric Sun in the UK in an unforgettable series of shows which included Hammersmith Odeon, Manchester Apollo and Newcastle City Hall. After all these years, Uli has now taken a fresh look at this unique material, drawn from the altogether three Electric Sun albums: Earthquake, Fire Wind and Beyond the Astral Skies.
Uli is reconnecting with his Electric Sun music after all this time and will bring that music to life in the here and now. Electric Sun and Uli fans alike will be delighted to finally hear these songs played live again by the master himself. Don’t miss this chance to witness an important part of rock history!
As a guitar player and artist, Uli Jon Roth is in a league of his own as legions of guitar players will attest. Joe Satriani has recently stated in one of his interviews that - of all the guitarists who ever played in the G3 – Uli impressed him the most. Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker and other top-league players agree.
Uli’s playing and onstage presence is always inspirational and each concert is a unique event, because of his ability to make his instrument soar and sing emotionally and his spur of the moment improvisations. His musical scope is enormous and ranges from vintage Jimi Hendrix and Cream to the technically much more demanding world of classical music, yet somehow Uli manages to create exciting bridges between these seemingly musical opposite languages. Uli has written classical concertos and symphonic pieces and is equally at home in both worlds, which makes him a unique phenomenon and very rare breed among guitar players.
The 50th Anniversary Concerts are going to reflect that, as Uli will play excerpts from his stunning Metamorphosis of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concerto as well as several pieces which feature him on classical, acoustic and flamenco guitar.
No Uli concert would be complete without some of his interpretations of the guitarist who inspired him the most in his early days - Jimi Hendrix. Because of Uli’s deep understanding and inborn affinity with the artistry of the trail blazing musical genius from Seattle, many see Uli as the perhaps most qualified on-stage persona to imbue Jimi’s original music with the right kind of vibe and true spirit. And to hear Uli step into Jimi’s artistic footsteps live is always an eerie and unforgettable experience.
Uli Jon Roth will hit the UK stages with a superb band consisting of younger, extremely talented and accomplished younger musicians, each, a virtuoso in their own right. Together they are a powerful band - capable of playing anything - as we have clearly witnessed on the recent G3 Tour. Niklas Turmann, will be sing lead vocal, in combination with Simon Foster. The other young talent is guitarist David Klosinski, and together with Uli, those three are performing rare and very exhilarating triple harmony leads, thus doing complete justice to the sometimes-intricate guitar arrangements from Uli’s albums. It speaks volumes for their musical prowess that on the recent G3 tour, both David and Niklas were asked by Joe Satriani to contribute a solo each during the highlight of the G3 evening – the final Jam session. A rare honour indeed.
Uli’s voice is his legendary Sky Guitar which is his own invention, and which surpasses all current guitars on the market in terms of range and versatility. It is this instrument which allows him to play with a nigh-on six-octave range. Due to their ingenious design, Sky Guitars are the only guitars which make it possible to play Vivaldi’s celebrated violin concerto “The Four Seasons” at concert pitch, but with the sound of an electric guitar. Uli has recently founded his own personal company designed to produce these guitars exclusively – UJR SKY-GUITARS - and he will play a range of his new guitars during these shows.
Uli has launched the official UJR SKY-GUITARS website, featuring a range of new Sky Guitars built for discerning guitarists and collectors. The guitars come in three ranges - Pegasus, Aquila and Unicorn Sky Guitars. Visit www.sky-guitars.com to see the latest models.
Kaleb McKane - Biography
London based Kaleb McKane was born in Brisbane, Australia and lived there until he was 3 years old. He moved to the UK and was raised by his mother, a professional pianist.
The first song that really made an impact with Kaleb was Led Zeppelin’s “Trampled Underfoot”. He was 10. Seeing Jimi Hendrix in a documentary on the BBC on TV also lit a flame inside him. Today, he recalls that moment as “exhilarating”.
He started learning the piano but found true salvation in the guitar. “My mother gave me a Squier Stratocaster in red, on my twelfth birthday…The electric guitar spoke to me. The excitement of it, and the shape and colours. The vibrancy, the aggression and the vulgarity.
When he was 16, Kaleb went to see Jeff Beck in concert. “I was emotionally struck by Jeff’s fluency, supreme ability and elegant grace. He seemed so easy-handed yet in complete control. I remember thinking he was self-determined and self-sufficient, but also free.”
McKane started playing in jam sessions in London at the age of fourteen, writing his own music at fifteen and studying music at seventeen at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM). “At the RNCM I was surrounded by classical music and a lot of really committed musicians. I still felt out of place — as if I was the musical anti-Christ in a sacred institution.”
He joined the band Never The Bride for a year as a guitarist at the age of 21, and toured with them. Shortly after he was introduced to legendary drummer Woody Woodmansey, and they formed a lasting friendship, with the former Spider from Mars recording and guesting with Kaleb on live shows.
By 2018, Kaleb's growth as an artist has attracted a formidable studio team. His debut EP “Universe in Reverse” is produced by Miles James (Michael Kiwanuka, Emile Sande), mixed by Hans-Martin Buff (personal engineer for Prince 1998-2002) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age). The EP “Universe in Reverse” was released in July 2018 and is exciting praise from press and fans alike.
A guiding star is Jeff Buckley and his debut album, “Grace”. “That record is stunning and certainly had a big influence. The way certain songs of his over the course of five or six minutes, open up and blossom, is really beautiful.”
Kaleb McKane’s debut album will be released in 2019.
Thursday 29th November 2018
Friday 30th November 2018
Saturday 1st December 2018
Academy 3, Manchester
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Òran Mór, Glasgow
Monday 3rd December 2018
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Wednesday 5th December 2018